A day late with this week’s post due to an unplanned trip to the Emergency Room yesterday. Nothing too serious, but I’ll be hanging up my dancing shoes for a while. Just time for a super quick post today. Beats Maneuver is back at 12|30 Lounge this Saturday with NYC’s Yuko Jikido and support from Deep Secrets‘ Benoit and UDP‘s Andrew Hogans. Yuko destroyed the dance floor when she played for us earlier this year at Public Bar, and we’re looking forward to her giving us another proper work out at 12|30 this Saturday. $10 on the door! Not sure if I’ll be there in person, but I’ll definitely be there in spirit!
To prepare for Beats Maneuver, we’ll be lighting up the Internet pipes again on Friday with another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, with me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. Tune in from 10pm on the Underground Quality LiveYouTube channel, or on the Underground Qualitywebsite for another impeccable selection of underground jams from the DC House Grooves crew.
Highlights for Friday include Eddie C at Eighteenth Street Lounge, Blueprint Resident’s Night at Jimmy Valentine’s, and the Super Tuff Records label night with Marcel Lune, M.Vaughn and Hot Coffee at everyone’s favorite undisclosed warehouse location.
Saturday night, all roads lead back to the spot for another edition of Late Night Mischief with Solarplexia featuring Seth Magoon, Kowloon Baby and Mike Guidmond. Always worth checking out that Grand Ancestor sound.
Sunday, head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, Keenan Orr and Good Buddies with Team Zapata and Philco. Always the best place to close out your weekend on the dance floor!
Hopefully I’ll be back on my feet and throwing shapes by next weekend. Fingers crossed!
Still buzzing from Late Night Maneuvers with Turtle Bugg last Friday! Major thanks to everyone who brought their energy to the dance floor. I for one had an amazing time dancing with you guys. I haven’t lost myself in the music like that for a very long time. The Bozak powered Grand Ancestor Sound System was performing at it’s absolute best, and all the DJs really delivered the goods, from Kochi‘s opening set to my B2B2B with Ramirez & Katrina Mir to Turtle Bugg‘s fantastic all vinyl headline set.
Turtle Bugg at Late Night Maneuvers
Those who stayed to the bitter end were even treated to an impromptu reggae set from Mr Grand Ancestor himself, Yola. Huge thanks to TeamZapata and everyone on the crew for helping make it such a special night. Certainly one I won’t be forgetting any time soon. At some point, I’d better check out the recording of all the sets. Something to look forward to! Beats Maneuever is back at 12|30 Lounge on Saturday November 17 with NYC’s Yuko Jikido and support from Deep Secrets‘ Benoit and UDP‘s Andrew Hogans. Yuko destroyed the dance floor when she played for us earlier this year at Public Bar, and we’re looking forward to her giving us another proper work out at 12|30 on November 17. Mark it in your calendar, and we’ll see you on the dance floor!
OK, I know most of you aren’t here to read me rambling on about last week’s party or pimping my upcoming events. You just want a chance to win a pair of free tickets to this Friday’s sold out ROAM V Year Anniversary Party with Ben UFO, Lauren Ritter, Lisa Frank, Sami, Rush Plus & Taiga. Well, without further ado, here’s the link to the DC House GroovesROAM V Year FREE ticket giveway:
As mentioned above, tickets to this can’t miss event are completely sold out, but you never know, there may be a ticket or two popping up in the Resident Advisor resale queue. If you don’t have a ticket yet, best of luck finding one. It’s gonna be an amazing night celebrating 5 years of Washington DC’s premiere warehouse event!
OK, here are the links to my DC House Grooves Top Picks for this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Plenty of great underground house and techno events to choose from this week, so make sure you plan your dance floor strategy carefully!
Beyond the ROAM V Year Anniversary Party, other highlights for this weekend include Flash‘s warehouse join with Dubfire B2B DannyTenaglia, also on Friday, then on Saturday, all roads lead back to the spot for another edition of Late Night Mischief, Early Morning Love with San Francisco’s Jimmy B alongside Juan Zapata and Joe L. Three incredible DJs working the Grand Ancestor Sound System until sunrise. Doesn’t get much better than that! Early birds are just $10, although if you roll up before 12am, you can get in FREE!
Sunday night, Eighteenth Street Lounge, as always, is the place to be, with Sam Burns‘ weekly residency in the Gold Room, and out on the patio, another edition of Sundays Rooftop with Yoyaku’s Roger Gerressen and resident Benoit. A great way to wrap up your weekend on the dance floor!
That’s all for this week’s edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks. Check back next week for news and info on all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday.
Ok, I’ve got some big news this week. For our next Beats Maneuver event, we’ve teamed up with the crew behind Late Night Mischief to bring you Late Night Maneuvers at an intimate warehouse space in northeast DC on Friday November 2. For this very special occasion, we’re bringing the one and only Turtle Bugg (Sublimate) down from Detroit to really show us who’s boss behind the decks.
We first came across Turtle Bugg a few years back when we went to Sublimate in Brooklyn to catch Amir Alexander, and we were immediately impressed. We’ve since caught him at subsequent Sublimate parties, and at the ill-fated Boiler RoomWeekender up in the Poconos a couple of years back. Sadly, the weekender was closed down before the Sublimate after hours even started, so we were robbed of our chance to hear Turtle Bugg again. A couple of years later, and we’re making damn sure we get to hear him properly by throwing a party with him as the headliner! A true DJs DJ, you can be sure Turtle Bugg will be digging deep in the crates for this one, serving up the finest slabs of wax for the discerning DC after hours crowd. With the Beats Maneuver resident DJs on support, you can be sure of a musical evening to remember; Kochi will be warming things up, kicking off with the slow jams and slowing teasing you on to the dance floor. Next, me (Andy Grant), Ramirez and Katrina Mir will be dialing things up with one of our epic back to back to back sets. With the three of us feeding off each other’s energy, you can never be sure where we’ll be going, but it is always a fantastic, vibe filled journey. Three talented DJs challenging each other to do better, upping the ante with every track. We’ll be priming the floor perfectly for Turtle Bugg to take over and keep things jumping until the morning comes. And did I mention we’ll be working the Grand Ancestor 2.0 Sound System? Not only that, we’ll be powered by the amazing Bozak AR6 Mixer for a fully analog signal path from the turntables to the speakers. Sound quality matters, and we’re going to be working hard to make sure the system sounds as good as can be, bathing you in warm analog goodness for an immersive experience that you won’t soon forget. There are a limited number of $10 early bird tickets available on Resident Advisor, after which standard advance tickets are $15. On the night, entry will be FREE before 12am, $20 from 12am to 2am, then $30 after 2am. However, if you RSVP at http://bit.ly/TBUGGRSVP, you can get in for $20 all night. If you’re not sure if you can make it, might as well RSVP now to lock in the $20 rate.
Oh, and did I mention our advance ticket prize draw? Beats Maneuver is giving away a FREE, Near Mint copy of Luxuru by Ronin from 2002 on the highly sought after Driftwood record label worth well over $60 to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, just buy an advance ticket to Late Night Maneuvers featuring Turtle Bugg (Sublimate). Each ticket purchased gets you one entry into the prize draw. One ticket, one entry. Two tickets, two entries, and so on. We’ll pick the winner at 6pm on Friday November 2 at 6pm, and the winner can collect their prize at the event. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your advance tickets now to an amazing party now, and you might just win a super rare and valuable record.
So you’ve got your Halloween costume ready. Which parties are you going to? Check my Top Picks below for details of all the best house music events in Washington DC, Thursday through Halloween next week.
Your best bet for super fun Halloween vibes this Saturday is Jimmy Valentine’s 12 Annual Halloween Bash featuring Sam Burns, Juan Zapata, Hot Coffee, Neko B2B Danny House, Philco B2B Samantha Francesca & Joe L. That’s one serious local DJ line up, but make sure you dress up, because costumes are mandatory at this legendary annual event. Also, you have the epic choice of an all you can drink open bar ticket for $70, so things could get messy! This party sells out every year, so if you want to go, don’t hesitate! Grab your tickets now.
For after hours Halloween nonsense this Saturday, don your best costume and head to Sleaze + TNX present Creep, featuring Baronhawk, Bil Todd, Keenan Orr, Lemz, DJ Lisa Frank, Tommy Cornelis, Pussy Noir, Divoid & Jane Saw at everyone’s favorite venue, Warehouse TBA. Tickets for this one are flying off the shelf, but you can still pick up $15 second release tickets if you move fast. With a an all local line up of this quality, you can’t go wrong!
Sunday night, all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency and Sundays Rooftop with Francis Harris and Benoit. Always the best way to wrap up your weekend on the dance floor!
For Halloween night, I recommend El Humpoween at El Techo featuring all the El Humpo residents: Team Zapata, Joe L, Mark in the Dark, Vanniety Kills, Keenan Orr and Meegs. That’s quite a line up! I could think of a better crew to chill with to close out October, and best of all, it’s FREE.
That wraps things up for our Halloween edition. See you back here, same time, same place, for another round up of all the best underground house music events in Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!
Here we go again with another DC House Grooves Top Picks. I guess it’s no secret that I haven’t really been into these weekly DC House Grooves posts lately. Been kinda phoning it in for a while, missing weeks here and there, and generally not enjoying it the way I used to. I’ve been seriously considering giving it up, but somehow can’t seem to stop. All this tells me that it’s time to switch things up a bit. Up to now, I’ve tried to be as complete as possible with non-EDM electronic music events in DC and Baltimore, including everything from house to disco to techno to drum and bass to whatever in my Top Picks, but with so many events happening these days, it just takes too much time to compile everything, so from this point on, I’m going to be much more selective about what I include on DC House Grooves. Quality underground house music events are in, as are disco / soul / funk / boogie / reggae events that look like they’ll have a good groove going on. I’ll continue to cover techno events, and events that explore the techier and more soulful side of house music. With regard to tech house, it all depends on the event. If its something interesting, looks cool, or showcases primarily local DJs and artists, I’ll include it. If its dull, repetitive, unimaginative tech house, not so much. If an event does not support locals DJs, I’ll no longer be including it here. DC House Grooves has always been about supporting and promoting local DJs; if there are no locals on the line up, no dice. I’m sure your out of town DJs are amazing, but I can guarantee there’s another competing event giving a platform to our local talent. Sadly, I’ll no longer be including drum and bass events and bass music events in general. No disrespect to the drum and bass massive, I love what you guys do, I just don’t have the time to cover it all, nor do I have the knowledge to distinguish the quality events from the crappy ones. EDM will continue to be ignored, as will all those EDM-lite “house” or “techno” events. If the event page proudly touts the number of SoundCloud follows or Facebook / Instagram likes your headliner has, your flyer is full of DJ logos, the music has weird chipmunky vocals, or your party vibe is all about that drop, it probably doesn’t belong here on DC House Grooves. No disrespect to that scene, it’s just not what we’re about. Having said all that, if I think any events falling into the categories above is cool, I reserve the right to include it. Hey, it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want. And if you’re throwing an event that’s super cool and you think it should be promoted here on DC House Grooves, send me a message through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page and make your case. In general, expect to see fewer Top Picks each week, but those you do see will pretty much all be “must attend” events. Will save us all a lot of time. Please don’t get upset with me if I won’t be covering your thing anymore. If you’re passionate enough about it, start your own blog and give it the coverage you feel it deserves.
OK, now I’ve got that off my chest, let’s get on with breaking all the rules I’ve just defined 🙂 Here are this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, featuring all the best underground events in Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to see the (much shorter than before) list:
Our highlight for the weekend is DJ Meegs and Raha Wala‘s Souled Out! party at Zeba Bar this Saturday, featuring special guest, DC House Grooves Show & Beats Maneuver resident Ramirez (Roots & Spirits) with Regan Carver on sax and Reemz on keys, with support from residents Meegs & Raha Wala. If you’ve not been to a Souled Out! event before, this is a great time to start. Pairing quality soul, funk, jazz, and disco-influenced dance music with live instrumentation, vibes are guaranteed, and with our main man Ramirez at the controls, you’re in for an amazing journey from start to finish. The DC House Grooves crew will be out in support, and you should be there too. No cover, no excuses!
Friday night, we’ll be warming up for Ramirez‘ appearance at Souled Out! with a special Friday edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Berlin’sUnderground Quality Radio, with live video stream on the Underground Quality Live YouTube channel. Tune in from 10pm ET on Friday for quality underground house music from me, Katrina Mir and Ramirez. Whether you’re going out or staying in, we’ve got the right vibe.
Other highlights for the weekend include Playlist with Jubilee & Friends at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, Love & Happiness with Mark Farina & Ken Lazee at U Street Music Hall and The Bunker 15 Year Anniversary with Bryan Kasenic and Eric Cloutier at Flash on Friday, Sunset and Chill at Olde City Farm, Osunlade at Flash and Autumn Tactics with Dj Double 07, Anish, Arthur J and V-Coch at Jimmy Valentine’s on Saturday. On Sunday afternoon, I recommend Baronhawk & Jahsonic at El Techo, then head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns and Good Buddies with DJ Nav, Joe L & Philco. All quality events to keep you grooving through the weekend. See you on the dance floor!