DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC Labor Day Weekend August 30 to September 3

Just about recovered from another amazing weekend, which we kicked off back in the Green Room at Flash for We Dig Vinyl with Elliot SloanSymmetricalWade HammesKatrina Mir and your friendly neighborhood DC House Grooves correspondent right here,  Andy Grant, slinging nothing but wax all night long. Everyone dug real deep in their collections, and we got to hear some really interesting records that don’t often get played out. If you’re curious about where we find all these great records, or if you’ve got some great underground wax to share, make sure you join the We Dig Vinyl: An Underground Music Bulletin group on Facebook. Always learning about great new finds in that group!

Sunday night saw the season finale of Beats Maneuver at Public Bar, with an amazing all-female line uo featuring Club Cuttlefish‘s Sleepy G with a killer opening set, Katrina Mir  setting things up beautifully for a fantastic set by headliner Lyssa, and KayLaSoul bringing things to a delightful close. Doing it right, Beats Maneuver style! Huge thanks to everyone who came out, and to the whole team at Public Bar for working with us over the last few months. We’ve had some great times to a soundtrack of great house music this season, and we’re looking forward to what comes next. Make sure you like the Beats Maneuver Facebook Page, and of course, check DC House Grooves each and every week for news and info on upcoming Beats Maneuver events.  In the meantime, here’s Rissa Garcia‘s headline set from Beats Maneuver, recorded live on the Public Bar rooftop on August 12.

 

OK, let’s get down to business. It’s Labor Day Weekend, and there’s a ridiculous number of incredible events happening here in the District and in Baltimore to keep you dancing Thursday through Monday. I can tell you right now I’m not going to be able to give everything the coverage it deserves, but I’ll do my best. This Labor Day Monday, DC House Grooves is a proud partner in the Capital House Music Festival 2018 in Meridian Hill Park. This year’s festival includes an incredible line up of house music and world music, featuring The EcussionistDeacon Izzy & the CongregationDJ Jay JayChosenAndy Grant (yeah, that’s me), BenoitTee AlfordDJ Tantra and Sam The Man Burns.  This is a FREE FESTIVAL to raise awareness and funds for Inner City Youth Music Programs. It’s a family friendly event, and all are welcome. Bring chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, refreshments, whatever you need, just be aware that grills and alcohol are prohibited in the park. All the required permits are in place, so we’re all set to kick things off at 12pm on Labor Day Monday, grooving in the park until 9pm. Bring your smiles and positive energy to the park on Monday, and let’s make it a Labor Day to remember!

Website: https://www.capitalhousemusicfestival.org/
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/249356162367878/
Donate: https://www.gofundme.com/capital-house-music-festival

This event is completely FREE, but please consider donating to the fundraiser to help cover the costs of hosting the event.

Capital house music fest 2018

I’ll be getting myself warmed up for the Capital House Music Festival 2018 on Saturday night with another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, alongside residents Ramirez and Katrina Mir. Always a great time throwing down with my two favorite DJs, so tune in from 10pm on Saturday on the Underground Quality  website, or at the Underground Quality Radio Facebook Page.

Tune in audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in video: https://www.facebook.com/UQRADIOSHOW/
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/240553549992690/

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OK, I know what you’re thinking; Capital House Music Festival 2018 is on Monday. What are you going to do until then? How does an epic disco festival across two venues featuring disco legends from across the globe and two all night parties where you can dance until sunrise sound? Well, that’s just what’s on offer with the Blisspop Disco Fest at U Street Music Hall and the 9:30 Club, with an incredible line up featuring disco legend Giorgio MoroderClaptoneFrançois KHoly GhostHorse Meat DiscoUltra Naté, Nancy WhangJuan MacLeanJacques Renault with support from locals Eau ClaireCharles FeelgoodSleazeOzker & Will Eastman, and that’s not to mention the closing party in association with Better Listen Records, featuring Daniel T, Matpat, Martín Miguel & StrikeStone! Serious disco bliss to keep you dancing from Friday through Sunday! I have included all the advance ticket and info links for all five events below. Advance tickets are highly recommended to reserve your spot on the dance floor.

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Blisspop Disco Fest  Friday August 31

Claptone with François K, Charles Feelgood & Eau Claire at 9:30 Club

Advance tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2zyhS0b
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/945949498862979/

Horsemeat Disco with Sleaze DJs and Ozker at U Street Music Hall

Advance tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2udddf1
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/273366600099758/

Blisspop Disco Fest Saturday September 1

Giorgio Moroder with Ultra Naté & Will Eastman at 9:30 Club

Advance tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2zqGdos
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/429342087543991/

Holy Ghost! (DJ Set) with Nancy Whang, The Juan MacLean (DJ Set) and Jacques Renault at U Srteet Music Hall

Advance tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2uddhvh
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/967511090095775/

Blisspop Disco Fest  Sunday September 2

Blisspop Disco Fest Closing Party with Daniel T, Matpat, Martín Miguel & StrikeStone! at U Street Music Hall

Advance tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2ocQ7BD
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2109886429278241/

Those events mentioned above barely even scratch the surface of what’s on offer this weekend! I’ve shared all the best events on my radar in Washington DC & Baltimore to the DC House Grooves Facebook Page, and you can see the full list for each day by clicking on the links below:

Top Picks Thursday August 30

Top Picks Friday August 31

Top Picks Saturday September 1

Top Picks Sunday September 2

Top Picks Labor Day Monday September 3

I recommend taking your time to look through the list for each day, as there’s some great events lurking in there, including Blueprint with Arthur Kimskii & Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s on Friday night, Ron Trent at the Darkroom on Saturday, Saeed Younan‘s rooftop extravaganza with Oliver Dollar at Public BarReflections Labor Day Edition at Jimmy Valentine’sSunday Love with Tornado Wallace at Flash and  V.sions with LaurineJubilee at The Fridge Art Gallery on Sunday, and  ROAM on a BOAT Skate Fever on Monday. And that’s not to mention all the events happening leading up to and after Collective Minds in Baltimore this weekend. I’ve included all the Baltimore events on DC House Grooves, but 4 Hours of Funk‘s Graham Hatke provides a great summary in this post over on Facebook. If you’re in Baltimore, or feel like making the trip this weekend, check it out! If ever there was a weekend to head to Charm City, this might be it.

Right, I gotta bring this week’s post to a close. The rest is up to you! Hope you can join us in the park on Monday, and you never know, I may just see you on the dance floor before then. I’ll be back here with another update, same time, same place next week with everything you need to know to plan your weekend on the dance floor right here in Washington DC.

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 23 to August 26

Fun times in the Green Room at Flash last Friday! The DC House Grooves crew took over the Green Room for the evening, with residents RamirezKatrina Mir and myself (Andy Grant) going back to back to back all night long. We had an amazing crowd on the dance floor, and the music was on point from start to finish, sounding sweet as on the Funktion Ones. Thanks to everyone who came out to join us, and to the team at Flash for booking us and making sure everything went smoothly on the night. Can’t wait to do it again! The good news is, we recorded the whole night, which you can listen to over on the DC House Grooves SoundCloud page:

 

Speaking of doing it again, Katrina Mir and I will be back in the Green Room this Friday night, August 24, for We Dig Vinyl alongside Elliott Sloan and Symmetrical for an evening of wax gems from deep in the crates. We’re all going to be diving deep into our collections for rare and interesting jams to serve up direct from the wax, and I can’t wait to hear what everyone brings! I certainly can’t wait to bust out the crown jewels that don’t often see the light of day. In the main room, Fjaak and Antenes bring the technos with local support from Steve Kirn, while in the Flash BarDJ Meegs and Marko Peli join forces for another edition of Cider House Mules. Advanced tickets are just $8, but I’m sure I have a few guest spots available. Reach out to me through the DC House Grooves Facebook page if you want one!

Advance tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2zNWLa1
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1840298582944155/

Focus Fjaak at Flash

Sunday night, we’re back on the rooftop at Public Bar for our last Beats Maneuver event of the season, and we’re going out with another quality lineup featuring Canada’s Lyssa with local support from Sleepy GKayLaSoul and Katrina Mir. Huge thanks to everyone who has supported us over the season; we’ve had some amazing times with a line up of fantastic DJs who don’t often make it in to Washington DC, including Gigi TestaTrinidadian DeepMiles Maeda, DJ Heather and Rissa Garcia, plus great sets from the Beats Maneuver residents and local favorites including Team ZapataDJ NavJandro KayLaSoul. Can’t wait to close the season out this Sunday with another killer line up! As always, there’s NO COVER all night long, so the price is definitely right! See you on the dance floor of the Public Bar rooftop this Sunday.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/496675400797935/

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To get a taste of what to expect this Sunday, tune in to the WTF?! Radio Show with Lyssa this Friday from 5pm to 9pm. Always great tunes on WTF?!

Tune in to WTF?! Show with Lyssa: www.sugarshackrecordings.com
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2111096802488184/

OK, one last thing before this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks links. This week, we’ve got a new Meet the Locals Podcast from local favorite Jandro, featuring an hour of quality after hours groovers. You can catch Jandro next on August 31 at Blueprint at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club spinning an all-vinyl minimal set alongside Arthur Kimskii.

 

Here are this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks links, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to see the list for that day.

Top Picks Thursday August 23

Top Picks Friday August 24

Top Picks Saturday August 25

Top Picks Sunday August 26

This is the bit where I usually write up my highlights for the weekend, but sadly I’m out of time. So much good stuff to choose from, but I just can’t give it all the write up it deserves this week. Playlist with Jubilee & friends at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday is always on point, and if I wasn’t at Flash on Friday, I’d be sure to be heading down to U Street Music Hall for Werk Ethic with Ken LazeeNick Garcia throwing down the very best house and techno from the 90s. Anyway, gotta wrap this up now. Hope to see you all out and about, and I look forward to closing out the weekend with you on the dance floor at Beats Maneuver with Lyssa at Public Bar on Sunday.

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 9 to August 12

Another big weekend heading our way, and as always, your weekly guide DC House Grooves has news on all the best underground house, techno, drum and bass and other electronic music events in town, Thursday through Sunday. I’m super excited this weekend, as we’ve got NYC’s hardest working DJ Rissa Garcia (Dancing Room Only NYC Nightchild Records) heading down our way to make her Washington DC debut at Beats Maneuver at Public Bar on Sunday. Rissa has been blazing a trail in NYC since 2004, regularly working with the likes of Danny TenagliaDanny KrivitTodd TerryLouis Vega, the list goes on and on. While you can catch Rissa spinning on any given weekend in New York, she has never made the trip to Washington DC before, so we at Beats Maneuver figured it was about time we fixed that! This Sunday brings the next edition of  Beats Maneuver, featuring Rissa alongside local favorites DJ Nav and Jandro and residents Katrina Mir, Kochi and yours truly, and best of all, it is absolutely FREE. That’s right, no cover all night long. Join us on the rooftop at Public Bar from 6pm ET and dance to real house music into the early hours of Monday morning. Really looking forward to Rissa bringing some NYC flavor to the Public Bar rooftop!beats maneuver rissa garcia

For a little taste of what to expect at Beats Maneuver this Sunday, here’s a recent mix from Rissa in her Nightchild Excursions series:

 

Plenty more mixes from Rissa over on her SoundCloud page. Check it out!

If you can’t wait until Sunday to throw some shapes on the dance floor, here are this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. Just click the link for each day to see what’s good.

Top Picks Thursday August 9

Top Picks Friday August 10

Top Picks Saturday August 11

Top Picks Sunday August 12

Friday night, I recommend kicking things off at Sunset and Chill, then heading up to Ten Tigers Parlour for Anywho with Max D and Sami.

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If you don’t feel like making the trip all the way up to Petworth, then stop by Flash for   Jennifer Cardini with Mazi R on the warm up. Looks like another fantastic night at Flash! For afters on Friday, head to the warehouse for Somewhere Else with DJ HonestyFerounTeam Zapata and Hot Coffee. The Zapatas will be wheeling out their incredible  Martin Audio sound system for the occasion, so you know the sound will be on point! Advance tickets are highly recommended. Grab yours now!

Somewhere Else DJ Honesty

Saturday night, Flash looks like a great bet, with NYC‘s David Waxman and Chadwick on support, while upstairs Edo Henry Chow take the controls in the Green Room, and  Kochi brings the Vibe with Chris Depth Rogers in the bar.

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Another great bet on Saturday is U Sleaze at U Street Music Hall with  Trax OnlyKeenan OrrLemz & performance and hosting by Jane Saw. Only $5 before midnight, $10 after.

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L.E.N.G. Resident’s Night at Jimmy’s is always a good bet if you’re looking for something off the beaten path, both literally and figuratively speaking, and Saturday’s edition features New York’s DJ Kala alongside residents Jett ChandonDjoser and Kouhai. No cover all night long! Then for afters on Saturday, the Sequence crew has you covered with their Year Two celebrations featuring an amazing line up of serious techno from RRoseAdam XJuanaDamon BradleyAssociateTheta Flux and Furtive. The vibe at Sequence is always on point, and with the Grand Ancestor 2.0 sound system in full effect, this one is going to be really special. Looking forward to catching up with my old Discogs forum buddy  Adam X. It’s been a while since I last saw Adam… I think the picture below was just before he moved to Berlin, when Andrew Weatherall was over spinning in NYC. Fun times!

Adam X and Andy

Advance tickets have been flying off the shelves for this one, but you can still pick up $25 3rd release tickets over on Resident Advisor. This one may well sell out, so I recommend you don’t wait!

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Sunday, we’ll see you on the dance floor at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver with Rissa GarciaDJ NavJandroKatrina Mir, Kochi and myself. No tickets needed for this one… NO COVER all night long! See you on the dance floor.

 

 

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 2 to August 5

Kicking off this week’s post announcing the lucky winner of the recent DC House Grooves Eargasmic Recordings free record give away. We had entries from all over the world, but the winner, selected completely at random, is from right here in Washington DC! Congratulations to Michael Anthony Thomas aka DJ T3k! Check your PMs. We’ll get the record over to you as soon as possible. Look out for more free record give aways on DC House Grooves!

A big shout out to the Grand Ancestor crew for taking things right up to the wire last weekend with the build of the Grand Ancestor 2.0 system! It sounded incredible, and I can’t wait to hear it again soon, and hopefully get a chance to play on it in the not too distant future! Other than the Grand Ancestor 2.0 launch, we took it easy last weekend. No gigs, no kids, so the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time at home getting to know our records. Gotta jump at the chance to take it easy when the opportunity arises! Some busy weekends coming up.

This Sunday sees the welcome return of ROAM on a BOAT, and this time around residents  DJ Lisa Frank and Sami are joined by special guest Rez Ekbatan for another musical cruise down the Potomac with the ROAM family. ROAM‘s boat parties always sell out, so if you want to book your spot on the boat, I recommend you grab your advance tickets right now. However, if you’d rather roll the dice, DC House Grooves has a pair of FREE tickets to give away to one lucky winner. Just click through to the entry form, fill it out and click Submit. We’ll pick the lucky winner winner on Saturday evening. Please make sure you enter your correct email address and name, as we’ll need to email you to let you know you’ve won, and you’ll need your ID to claim your prize on the dock.

I want to win a pair of tickets to ROAM on a BOAT!!!

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1133356
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/922687837938720/

Good luck!

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Friday night, the DC House Grooves crew descends on Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club for Jandro‘s Reflections for what promises to be a crazy night at  Jimmy’sDC House Grooves Show residents Andy Grant (yeah I’m talking about myself in the third person again), Katrina Mir Ramirez are joined by fellow Beats Maneuver resident Kochi and Jandro for a night of quality underground jams, open to close. We’ll be taking turns all night going back to back to back to back until they kick us out! Please join us on Friday at Jimmy’s for what promises to be quality family time to a soundtrack of the finest, deep, underground heaters you’ll hear in DC this weekend. Oh, and best of all, it’s completely FREE! No cover all night long. See you there!

RSVP & info: https://www.facebook.com/events/261138797800304/

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Saturday afternoon, you can catch me and Katrina Mir throwing down quality tunes by the pool side on the rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel alongside DJ Meegs and Tony Smooth at the rescheduled Elevate Rooftop Pool party, which was rained off last time around. Hopefully the weather will hold up this time, and I can’t wait to play some poolside jams in between dips in the pool. Always a good time on the rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel! Advance tickets are just $20, which ain’t bad for an afternoon of quality music at one of the best rooftop pools in the city!

Advanced tickets to Elevate Rooftop Pool Party
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/968800816629274/

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Saturday night, we’ll be throwing down with the crew again on episode #30 of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio. Join me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir from 10pm ET for quality underground house music served up fresh from the wax, live from DC House Grooves HQ in Washington DC.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1674880065968214/

DC House Grooves Show on UQ Radio

Right, here’s this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks links. Just click the link for each day to see the full list of events over on Facebook. Some great events happening this weekend, so make sure you take the time to explore!

Top Picks Thursday August 2

Top Picks Friday August 3

Top Picks Saturday August 4

Top Picks Sunday August 5

Highlights for this weekend include Sleaze Disco Heat at Wonderland and DJ W!ld with Markinthedark at Flash on Thursday, then on Friday, if you don’t feel like joining the DC House Grooves crew at Jimmy’s, I recommend checking out A Night at the U Street Disco with Sam BurnsMartín MiguelKeenan OrrBaronhawkOzker at U Street Music Hall.

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Saturday night, the residents take over at Flash for another Resident Nights, with an all local line up across all three floors.  For afters, head to the warehouse for V.Sions with Rhys SamsonRamaRasho and Enzo delivering the goods on the mighty Grand Ancestor 2.0 sound system.

vsions warehouse party

Sunday brings another edition of The House that U Built at El Techo with the mighty Sam Burns, Kochi and Vanniety Kills. Always an amazing vibe at THTUB! Then head to Eighteenth Street Lounge to close out your weekend at Sundays Rooftop with  Aesthetic Audio‘s Keith Worthy and BenoitKeith always delivers!

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Ok that’s all I’ve got for this week. I really hope you can join us at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club on Friday for Reflections DC House Grooves Take Over! You know its going to be a fun time! Oh, and did I mention Beats Maneuver is back next Sunday on August 12? That’s right! We’re bringing NYC’s finest Rissa Garcia to Washington DC to rock the rooftop at Public Bar. Check back next week for full details. See you on the dance floor!