DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC July 12 to July 15

Huge thanks to everyone who joined us in the Flash Bar on Saturday for the second part of our DC House Grooves 4 Year Anniversary celebration. It’s always kinda slow in the bar, but as always the last hour or two was crazy! Let’s face it, with Patrice Scott and Benoit in the Green Room and Giles Smith & James Priestly  of  Secretsundaze on the club level, there was tough competition for dancers, so I don’t think we did too badly. A testament to the world class quality talent Flash is booking, week in, week out. Big thanks to the team at Flash for inviting us to play. Katrina and I truly appreciate it. Massive thanks also to  Vanniety Kills for inviting me to play at The House That U Built at El Techo on Sunday, to the whole team at El Techo, and to all the dancers who joined us on the rooftop. After an amazing set from Juana, I had a really special time breaking out the soulful house and disco as the sun set on a beautiful day! Thank you so much to everyone involved. Hoping to post the recording soon! Look out for the next The House That U Built with Vanniety KillsSam Burns and Kochi coming up in August.

The big news announced this week is the Blispop Disco Fest coming up on August 31 and September 1 at 9:30 Club and U Street Music Hall, featuring a line up to die for, with Giorgio Moroder, ClaptoneHoly Ghost, Horsemeat DiscoUltra Naté, Nancy Whang, François KJuan MacleanJacques Renault and locals Eau ClaireCharles Feelgood, the Sleaze DJsOzker Will Eastman. How many legit legends on that line up?  A serious weekend of music right there! The only problem now is deciding whether to attend the 9:30 Club line up or the U Street Music Hall line up. Now, with line ups of that calibre, it ain’t going to be cheap, but if you move fast, you can grab discounted 2 day passes for both the 9:30 Club and U Street Music Hall.

Blisspop Disco Fest 9:30 Club 2 Day Pass:  http://bit.ly/BDF930
Blisspop Disco Fest U Street Music Hall 2 Day pass: http://bit.ly/BDFUHALL

Better move fast, though! Discounted passes go off sale Thursday July 12 at 9am!

blisspop disco fest

Back to this weekend, and we here at DC House Grooves have some big news of our own. This Sunday we’re partnering with Roots & SpiritsVibe and Public Bar for another edition of Beats Maneuver, and this Sunday we’ve got an epic line up featuring Chicago’s DJ Heather with support from Team Zapata and residents Kochi Katrina Mir. This one’s shaping up to be the best one yet, and we couldn’t be more excited! Proper house music, rooftop vibes, and best of all, it’s completely FREE! That’s right, no cover all night long for a line up of top class talent. Doesn’t get much better! The needle drops at 6pm…see you there, bright and early, and let’s see in the new week on the dance floor!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/407928499720460/

Beats Maneuver dj heather

For a taste of what to expect on Sunday, tune in to the a DC House Grooves special edition of the WTF?! Radio Show on Friday from 5pm at www.sugarshackrecordings.com. Quality tunes from myself, Katrina MirRamirez and Kochi to get your Friday night started off right!

WTF?! Radio Show with DC House Grooves at 5pm on Friday

New Meet the Locals Podcast alert! Episode #71 features none other than DC’s favorite sound guy, Jackson Pro Audio‘s Tim Jackson aka Hightower with a quality hour long house groover. Perfect material to get you warmed up for the weekend.


Keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks, as we’ve got some great podcasts lined up. Solid techno from Steve Kirn for episode #72, then something super special for #73. Can’t wait!

Right, here’s this week’s DC House Grooves Top Pick links. You know the drill, just click each link to see my Top Picks for that day over on Facebook. Worth taking the time, as there are some great events this weekend!

Top Picks Thursday July 12

Top Picks Friday July 13

Top Picks Saturday July 14

Top Picks Sunday July 15

Highlights for this weekend include Playlist with Jubilee Discuji at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, then on Friday, I recommend kicking things off with Sunset Chill 3: Return of the Chill at the Olde City Farm & Garden, then either checking out Todd Terry with Kundalini at U Street Music Hall, or heading up Ten Tigers Parlour to celebrate the release of Analog Tara‘s Fundamentals EP on 1432R Records. Expect a quality DJ set from label bosses Sami%SuYung, and a live set from Analog Tara. One for the heads!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1802538633171591/

analog tara 1432r

Saturday afternoon, all the cool kids will be heading to the Anacostia Park Roller Skate Pavilion for the second edition of Skate Fever with music from and all-star local line up featuring BenoitHot CoffeeDJ Soul and DC House Grooves’ very own Katrina Mir. There’s no cover, skate rental is free with ID, and it is family friendly. The perfect way to spend a summer Saturday afternoon! See you there.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/253687668511750/

skate fever

Saturday night’s highlight is an epic double header from FlashNomad featuring a serious line up of musical talent. Kicking things off at Flash, the V.sions Pre-Party features Berlin’s  Thomas MelchiorTaimur Agha headline the club level with support from Navbox, while Mazi RJubilee hold things down open to close in the Green Room and Steve Kirn & Juana keep the vibe locked in the bar.

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1129101
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1829817800647243/

thomas melchior at flash

Then for afters, all roads lead to the warehouse for NomanDNT present V.sions with  MollyDJ MasdaNavboxTaiga & special guests delivering the goods on the banging Grand Ancestor Sound System until sunrise and possibly beyond. Always a good time at the warehouse! Serious business all round.

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1131703
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2038373323080977

visions molly masda

For something a bit more intimate on Saturday night, check out DJ LoveGrove‘s birthday throwdown at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, featuring LoveGrove himself with support from Lexus King and Guillermo Giraldo. The perfect choice for quality tunes away from the crowds.

jimmy vs

Another great option for Saturday night is Summer Solstice Part 2 with Shelter‘s Mark Francis bringing the heat alongside Andrew Hogans  and Chosen at The Meeting Place Restaurant & Lounge. The party kicks off at 7pm and runs until 3am. Real house music for the heads.

Advance tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-solstice-part-2-tickets-47388970687
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2091461871101582/

summer solstice Part 2

Sunday, you know where to go. Beats Maneuver with DJ Heather Team Zapata is where its at! That’s it for this week’s post. I’ll be back next week with all the usual info on the best underground events in town. You know it makes sense! See you on the dance floor.

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC March 8 to March 11

Kicking off this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks with this week’s Top Picks links. Just tap the link for each day to see my list of picks over on the Facebooks. Click through and RSVP to everything you’re interested in.

Top Picks Thursday March 8DC House Grooves Top Pick

Top Picks Friday March 9

Top Picks Saturday March 10

Top Picks Sunday March 11

Right, let’s take a look at the highlights for this week. Thursday night, you’re best bet for quality deep grooves is Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge with Jubilee Ramirez. No cover, just top quality underground house music all night long.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1793028230993335/

playlist with jubilee ramirez

Saturday night is a big night at Flash, with Nü Androids throwing a spectacular across three floors, featuring Ghostly International‘s Tycho joined by Sol Selectas‘ KMLN and locals  DJ MeegsMarko Peli on the club level, Uptown House Experience with local heavyweights DJ Nav and Chadwick in the Green Room, and down in the bar, there’s another edition of Vibe with DJ Kochi, yours truly Andy Grant and Katrina Mir. Advanced tickets have completely sold out for this one, but there’ll be a few tix on the door if you get there early. Of course, the bar is no cover all night long, so join us in the bar for serious grooves all night long. Oh, and it’s extended bar hours at 4am, too!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1630746143640388/

tycho DJ set

Also recommended for Saturday night, The NeedleXchange returns with Jason Kendig (Honey Soundsystem), along with  TNX residents Bil ToddBaronhawk and Tommy Cornelis. Serious underground vibes in a warehouse space in North East DC, this one’s gonna be special! Advanced tickets recommended: $15 first release still available at time of writing.

Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1071959
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2024038174529246/

TNX Jason Kendig

On Sunday, close out your weekend at Eighteenth Street Lounge with Sam Burns‘  weekly residency in the Gold Room, Keenan Orr working his magic in the Main Room  & Hold Tight with Martín Miguel open to close out on the patio. Straight fire across three dance floors. Always the best way to squeeze the very last drop of vibe out of the weekend!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/155571785158920/

ESL Sunday

Alternatively, for some local go-go flavor, join U Street Music Hall kicking off their eight birthday celebrations with Trouble Funk, ably supported by TNX‘s Baronhawk The Sol Power All Stars. Advanced tickets recommended:

Advanced Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2DDYaRY
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/144680286219990/

trouble funk u hall

One last thing before I let you go, episode #67 of the Meet the Locals Podcast, featuring  Baltimore’s Confetti the First. Deep tech with latin flavors and a touch of progressive, this one takes you on a journey.


You can catch Confetti the First this Saturday at Mischief presents: Cross-Pollination et tu Bootay edition at Zeba Bar, along with burner favorites The Barber Streisand, Paul GeddesRaptorstein & more. $5 on the door all night, or free admission to anyone in Roman attire, so grab that bed sheet and save yourself a few bucks!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/267182240486110/

cross pollination

That’s it for this week’s edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks. I’ll be back next week with all the usual info on the best underground parties in and around DC. Big things happening next weekend…Lil Louis, anyone? See you on the dance floor.


DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC February 8 to February 11

OK, back in the saddle after last week’s run in with the flu. That shit was no joke; took me out of action completely for a whole week, and I’m still not quite 100%. In last week’s abbreviated post, I neglected to mention a seriously cool party from the previous weekend, LENGINN(er)NET‘s shindig with DJ Lag on January 26. Great vibe, great crowd, plenty of raw energy in that room, with the Grand Ancestor system being worked to the max. Kudos to everyone involved for a great party. The LENG crew are at it again this weekend with some off the grid house party vibes featuring Dis Fig, all the way from from Berlin. RSVP here for location & info.

Katrina Mir and I will be holding down the bar at Flash on Friday night as party of an epic lineup including Paranoid LondonDerek PlaslaikoSteve Kirn, Detroit’s Alton Miller  Benoit. That’s one serious Friday night line up! Hope you can join us in the bar for at least some of the evening 🙂 Advanced tickets highly recommended.

Advanced Tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1607190
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/130630487715938

paranoid london

Saturday night, we’ll be making up for our cancelled DC House Grooves Show  on  Underground Quality Radio with a make up show. Tune in from 10pm ET on the  Underground Quality website, or catch the video feed on the Underground Quality Radio facebook page.

Info & Tune in: https://www.facebook.com/events/145902402769949/


If you’re heading out on the town Saturday night, I highly recommend Grand Ancestor meets Moonshine Records with Radikal GuruBukkhaBlind Prophet Grand Ancestor. Hear the Grand Ancestor Sound System as it’s meant to be heard, awesome warehouse location, proper vibes all round. $10 door pressure all night, so the price is right. Experience a taste of proper sound system culture right here the nation’s capital.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/291612111363957

Grand Ancestor meets Moonshine Records with Radikal Guru, Bukkha, Blind Prophet & Grand Ancestor

Before I get to this week’s Top Picks, here’s a new DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast from Werk Ethic resident Nick GarciaWerk Ethic is a new party celebrating the very best in 90s house and techno, and Nick’s mix offers a blissful journey through big, classic house tunes from the 90s, including tracks from the likes of Masters at Work, Frankie Knuckles, Eddie Amador & more.


After kicking off Werk Ethic with an inaugural event at Ten Tigers Parlour last year, the next edition is at U Street Music Hall on February 23, with Nick Garcia Ken Lazee at the controls, throwing down classics released before December 31, 1999. Promises to be an amazing night a U Hall!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2017428288495532/

werk ethic

Here’s the link’s to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, Thursday through Sunday. Click through to see the full list of picks for each day.

Top Picks Thursday February 8DC House Grooves Top Pick

Top Picks Friday February 9

Top Picks Saturday February 10

Top Picks Sunday February 11

I’ll be back next week, so I’ll see you back here, same time, same place. Hope you can make it out to Flash on Friday. Make sure you stop by the booth in the bar and say hi!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House & Electronic Music Events in Washington DC November 16 to November 19

Just gonna have to let the list speak for itself this week Make sure you take a close look… there’s some real treats lined up in DC and Baltimore this week. Speaking of Baltimore, the latest edition of the Meet the Locals Podcast features Obsidian‘s Nathan Gorey, with a quality hour of tech house grooves:


You can catch Nathan Gorey at the latest edition of Obsidian presents Housework at  . Factory 17 in Baltimore on Saturday. See the flyer below for the full line up.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1573766012713028/

Obsidian presents: Housework (Throwback 3 Afterparty) at Factory 17

In fact, Baltimore’s got some amazing options this Saturday, with LoveGrove at  DiskobarMegafunk II at The Crown, and Evan Baggs and Andrew Grant at the Darkroom. To avoid any confusion, I’m not playing at Darkroom on Saturday; it’s the other guy, you know, the one who likes to call himself the OG. Anyway, I’m sure it will be an amazing night all round. Always a good time at the Darkroom.

Evan Baggs, Andrew Grant, Phork & Bo Hebert at  the Dark Room, Baltimore

Here’s my full list of Top Picks for this weekend. No gigs for me or Katrina Mir, but you can catch me playing a special guest set on the WTF?!? Radio Show with my main man DJ Kochi on Friday night.

Tune in: http://www.sugarshackrecordings.com
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1960999347482917/

WTF?! with Kochi

Other than that, not sure of plans, but hoping to swing by Flash to catch Love Notes from Brooklyn‘s Nathaniel JayTape Hiss and DJ Nav in the Green Room for the latest edition of Uptown House Experience, then head up to Ten Tigers Parlour to catch hometown heroes Beautiful Swimmers working their magic on their home turf. That’s just scratching the surface of what looks like another incredible weekend in the District. Everything you need to know is listed below, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday November 16

DC House Grooves Top PickPlaylist with Jubilee, Ramirez  & Alex Eljaiek at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/359138204513956/

Headroom Listening Sessions 2.02 at Flash

Headroom Listening Sessions 2.02 at Flash

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/140805446555487/

DC House Grooves Top PickHernan Cattaneo with Sarah Myers at Flash

Hernan Cattaneo with Sarah Myers at Flash

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/117855168889712/

DC House Grooves Top PickHouse Music Happy Hour with Sal Negro at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

House Music Happy Hour with Sal Negro at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1404366212943930/

DC House Grooves Top PickEkali with josh pan & Y2K at U Street Music Hall

Ekali with josh pan & Y2K at U Street Music Hall

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/513246075734399/

Friday November 17

DC House Grooves Top PickWTF?! Radio show with Kochi & Special Guest Andy Grant on Sugar Shack Recordings

WTF?! with Kochi

Info & Tune in: https://www.facebook.com/events/1960999347482917/

DC House Grooves Top PickFocus 3 Year Anniversary: Benjamin Damage [LiVE] with Exos & Damon Bradley at Flash, with Dj Meegs, Nick Flynn & J Swink in the Green Room, and Sous La Terre in the Flash Bar

Focus 3 Year Anniversary: Benjamin Damage [LiVE] with Exos & Damon Bradley at Flash

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2122218448005369/

DC House Grooves Top PickNightflight Factory Floor Session with Wade Hammes, Heather Femia, Omar Martinez & Zamkov at One Love Massive

Nightflight Factory Floor Session with Wade Hammes, Heather Femia, Omar Martinez & Zamkov at One Love Massive

Info & Tune in: https://www.facebook.com/onelovemassivedc/

DC House Grooves Top PickRinse Friday Sessions with Ray Uptown, Paturn, Data Drop & Deinfamous at Ten Tigers Parlour

Rinse Friday Sessions with Ray Uptown, Paturn, Data Drop & Deinfamous at Ten Tigers Parlour

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/219002338635745/

DC House Grooves Top PickBassline Business w/ Quest & Silkie at Warehouse Location

Bassline Business w/ Quest & Silkie at Warehouse Location

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1845744678786563/

DC House Grooves Top Pick Collazo & Steven Swann at Studio GaGa

Adrian Collazo & Steven Swann at Studio GaGa

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/550236588654246/

DC House Grooves Top PickESL Friday with DJ Amir, Thomas Blondet, John Jazz & Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

ESL Friday with DJ Amir, Thomas Blondet, John Jazz & Trev-ski at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/18thStLounge/


DC House Grooves Top PickMoCo Boogie with DJ Haz & Kenny M at Kaldi’s Social House, Silver Spring

MoCo Boogie with DJ Haz & Kenny M at Kaldi's Social House, Silver Spring

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/249479488912437/

DC House Grooves Top Pick4 Hours Of Funk with DJ Buscrates, Graham Hatke & Fleg at The Windup Space, Baltimore

4 Hours Of Funk with DJ Buscrates, Graham Hatke & Fleg at The Windup Space, Baltimore

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1931961190402464/

Saturday November 18

DC House Grooves Top PickDoc Martin with Juan Zapata at Flash, with Uptown House Experience featuring Nathaniel Jay, Tape Hiss & DJ Nav in the Green Room, and Sol Power Sound Clash with Marc Meistro & DJ Stylus in the Flash Bar

Doc Martin with Juan Zapata at Flash, with Uptown House Experience featuring Nathaniel Jay, Tape Hiss & DJ Nav in the Green Room, and Sol Power Sound Clash with Marc Meistro & DJ Stylus in the Flash Bar

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/154737948448915/

DC House Grooves Top PickBeautiful Swimmers at Ten Tigers Parlour

Beautiful Swimmers at Ten Tigers Parlour

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/134651840635909/

DC House Grooves Top PickSEQUENCE.031_Stranger, Ne/Re/A, Damon Bradley, Associate at Warehouse Location

SEQUENCE.031_Stranger, Ne/Re/A, Damon Bradley, Associate at Warehouse Location

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/136676613645547/

DC House Grooves Top Pick