DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC June 21 to June 24

Fun times on the rooftop at Public Bar on Sunday! Great sets from KochiMiles MaedaAaron Sparks, and an OK one, I guess, from me 😉 Huge thanks to everyone who came out and supported our third event bringing proper underground house music from headliners you don’t often see in Washington DC, and the very best local talent. Already looking forward to our next one, featuring NYC’s Yuko Jikido bangin’ da box with support from Beats Maneuver residents Katrina Mir Ramirez and special guest closing out the night, one of my favorite locals, Joe L. Event page coming soon. In the meantime, here’s the flyer. Mark July 1 in your calendar and join us on the rooftop at Public Bar on July 1! And to all you regular readers, DJs and promoters out there, if you find DC House Grooves a useful resource, if you value our ongoing support for local events right here in the District, why not show your appreciation by joining us at Public on July 1 to throw a few shapes / sink a few shots? Looking forward to seeing you there!

beats maneuver Yuko Jikido

So, big weekend on the dance floor heading your way! The big news this weekend is Flash‘s 5 year anniversary celebrations. Hard to believe it has been five years! I know Flash has a few haters out there amongst the cool kids, but we here at DC House Grooves truly appreciate the hard work the team at Flash puts in relentlessly booking the very best underground international talent, while also giving DC’s up and coming local talent a platform to do their thing. We also truly appreciate how well the whole team at Flash, from the door crew to security to the bar staff, look after us every time we play there, making sure we have everything we need and that everything goes smoothly. You guys rock! Sure, the crowd at the club can leave a lot to be desired some nights, but if that’s the price we have to pay to see a constant stream of quality talent, week in, week out, on a world class Funktion One sound system, then, in my opinion, that’s a price worth paying.  Flash has become and integral part of what makes Washington DC’s underground dance music community special, and we here at DC House Grooves  look forward to many more years of quality events at the club. Congratulations on 5 years, and here’s to many more!

So what’s on deck for the 5 year anniversary celebrations? Here’s the uber-flyer listing everything happening, Wednesday through Sunday, and I’ve included the relevant links and flyer images below. A serious line up of international and local talent to keep you dancing through the weekend.

5 years of flash

5 Years of Flash with Eli & Fur, Mina & Rosenberg

Advanced tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2GNduZb
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/462793990820572/

5 years of flash eli and fur

5 Years of Flash with Cinthie, Doubtingthomas, Samanatha Francesca, Mazi R, Martinez, Meegs & Miks

Advanced tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2KQgMNN
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/959733117529971/

5 years of flash cinthie doubtingthomas

5 Years of Flash with Carl Craig, Navbox, Snad, Throe, Taiga, Lucho, Jandro & Philco

Advanced tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2KQE3iF
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/170578696950698/

5 years of Flash carl craig

5 Years of Flash: Sunday Love with Tiefschwarz & Nima Gorji

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1116434
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1832295673457296/

5 years of Flash sunday love tiefschwarz

One last thing before the links to this week’s Top Picks. Saturday night, we’re at it again with another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, featuring myself, Katrina Mir and Ramirez serving up underground freshness live from DC House Grooves HQ here in Washington DC. Tune in from 10pm ET on Saturday using the links below:

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: https://www.facebook.com/UQRADIOSHOW/
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/184196165754168/


That’s all I’ve got time for this week. I feel like I’m letting so many people down by not giving their events the coverage they deserve, but I just don’t have the time to cover everything. If you want to see all the good stuff happening this weekend, click the links below to see a list of the best events, Thursday through Sunday, and, of course, look out for the DC House Grooves Top Pick logo on event pages across Facebook. The DC House Grooves Top Pick logo indicates a quality event that is worth your time.

DC House Grooves Top Pick

Top Picks Thursday June 21

Top Picks Friday June 22

Top Picks Saturday June 23

Top Picks Sunday June 24

One last thing before I sign off for this week. On Sunday night, close out your weekend at homie Saeed Younan‘s Rooftop Sessions with DetlefSaeed Younan and Rez Ekbatan. Always a good time on the rooftop at our Beats Maneuver home from home, Public Bar.

Advanced tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/younan-music-pres-detlef-tickets-47033433265
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/171284523714330

rooftop sessions detlef

See you on the dance floor!


DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC May 10 to May 13

Big news to kick off this week’s edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks: I’m proud to  announce that DC House Grooves, in partnership with Roots & SpiritsVibePublic Bar is launching a new Sunday rooftop event series this summer, Beats Maneuver Summer Sessions. Kicking off on Memorial Day Weekend with headliner Gigi Testa (World Peace Music), the series features a line up of top talent from around the world, supported by residents RamirezKochiAndy Grant Katrina Mir, along with some of Washington DC’s finest house selectors. Join us on Public Bar’s amazing rooftop deck every other Sunday from 3pm to 2am starting Memorial Day Weekend for Beats Maneuver, the finest in deep, soulful and underground house music. Remember to RSVP on the Facebook event page, and grab your tickets now! We’ve got a limited number of $5 early birds available, so if you want to reserve your spot on the dance floor, there’s no time like the present 🙂

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1929027980454354/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1109961

Beats Maneuver Gigi Testa

Beyond Memorial Day, we’ve secured a line up of quality international house music talent, many of whom will be making their debut in the nation’s capital. Just look at who we’ve got lined up May through July! Check DC House Grooves on the regular for more info on   Beats Maneuver, including info on advanced tickets and local support.

Beats Maneuver May July Line Up

OK, here are this week’s Top Picks links, listing 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. Pro-tip: the good people at El Techo have super talented local DJs every afternoon and evening through the weekend, so that’s always a good bet for quality tunes out in the sunshine.

Top Picks Thursday May 10

Top Picks Friday May 11

Top Picks Saturday May 12

Top Picks Sunday May 13

Thursday night’s highlight for quality, deep, underground house music is Playlist with  Jubilee Ramirez and special guest KayLaSoul at Eighteenth Street Lounge, although the Lobster Theramin 5 Year Anniversary Tour at Ten Tigers Parlour also looks tasty.

Friday night, Flash is the place to be for titans Brawther and Evan Baggs, ably supported on the club level by yours truly, Andy Grant. Get there early for the full experience; I’m gonna be packing some seriously interesting and eclectic records sourced from deep in my extensive record collection, expertly curated to get the best from the Funktion Ones in those early hours, teasing you on to the dance floor so you’re primed and ready when the headline talent takes over. With Marko Peli and John John in the Green Room and Jacq JillOutputmessage in the bar, you’ve got three levels of serious quality, all under one roof. I hope you can join us!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/367870813697295/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1100648

brawther evan baggs andy grant

Also on Friday night, perhaps my favorite DJ Eddie C is ruling the roost on the patio at  Eighteenth Street Lounge. Always on point, and always an educational experience, Eddie C is always worth your time.

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/136171493806164/

Eddie c at ESL

If quality tunes and a friendly vibe away from all the crowds is more your thing on Friday, head over to Jimmy Valentine’s for the Jones Boys No cover, no fuss, just great tunes.

Saturday brings this year’s Funk Parade . It almost didn’t happen for 2018, but we’re glad they managed to work it out! As with the past 4 years, the highlight this year is Funky 4 U  at Velvet Lounge, brought to you by the same people behind the expertly curated local label Better Listen Records.This year’s edition features the finest funk, soul and whatever else they fancy from heavy hitters such as Tim ZawadaSol Power All StarsMartín MiguelTrev-skiGraham HatkeFlegKenny MAdrian Collazo and so on. See the flyer below for the full line up!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2275513155809451/

funky 4 u

Saturday night from 10pm we’ll be celebrating the one year anniversary of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio at DC House Grooves HQ. Hard to believe we’ve been at it for a full year! Tune in from 10pm using one of the links below for the finest in deep, underground and soulful house from me, Andy GrantKatrina MirRamirez.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1613473862083418/
Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio


Out on the town on Saturday, I recommend heading back to Flash for the amazing Move D, supported by former DC DJ, now MSP, Solomon Sanchez. In the Green Room, there’s another edition of DJ Nav‘s Uptown House Experience, with the man himself joined by Plastik People Records’ Marc Cotterell, flying all the way from Alberquerque, while  Jandro Keenan Orr keep things jumping in the bar.

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1883545281716208/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1088958

move d solomon sanchez

This Sunday is all about Sunday Love LLS Fundraiser at Flash, featuring an amazing line up of local talent: J SwinkHeather FemiaMeegsRosenbergVanniety Kills. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so you’ll be partying for a great cause. You can also make a donation directly at www.SilvieLining.comSunday Love for LLS: you know it makes sense.

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/366225373891440/
Donate: www.SilvieLining.com

Sunday love lls fundraiser

Sunday evening, also brings another chance to catch DJ Nav and Marc Cotterell opening things up for Saeed Younan and Anthony Attalla at Public Bar. Always a good time on Sundays at Public!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/212606729324630
Advanced Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/younan-music-presents-anthony-attalla-saeed-younan-marc-cotterell-dj-nav-b2b-tickets-45004221839

Of course, it goes without saying the Eighteenth Street Lounge is always worth your time on a Sunday. Each and every week!

That’s it for this week’s edition. I hope you can join me early at Flash this Friday…can’t wait to give those Funktion Ones and early work out. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up July 10 – 13

Last week’s holiday weekend antics were something else. Now you’ve had a few days to recover, you’ll be starting to think about the coming weekend, and yet again DC has you covered with some incredible events. Here are the DC House Grooves recommendations for doing your weekend right.

Thursday July 10

THU July 10th Flash presents: CLAPTONE [Exploited | Berlin], Marko Peli, Leonardo Lee, Alex Eljaiek | Masquerade BallFlash kick off their weekend with a Masquerade Ball, with special guest Claptone, ably supported by locals Marko Pelo and Sunglass Sundays’ Leonardo Lee. Thursday nights at Flash are always quality, and this one promises to be interesting! Wear a mask, and you’ll receive a free cocktail on entry. First release tickets are all sold out, but you can get the second release for $10 from Ticketfly: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/597607

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/677679698969922/

07.10: FLY IN JULY feat. Maksim Batyunin (MNMLKTCHN)

Further up U Street at Lost Society, you’ll find FLY IN JULY at Lost on Thursdays feat. Maksim Batyunin (MNMLKTCHN). At Lost on Thursdays, you are pretty much guaranteed quality music and a packed dance floor, and on a hot summer night, the roof terrace is where you want to be. I heard Maksim on the Dirty Bar rooftop last year and he absolutely killed it. A strong recommendation for Thursday night.

Free glass of champagne for the ladies all night.
$3 Miller Lites
$6 Vodka Mixes
$5 Flavored Absolut Shots

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1403405126568279/

Thursday July 10th :: FOUNDATION featuring DIMITRI MAX, JUAN ZAPATA, JOE L and RAY CASILDownstairs from Lost Society at Tropicalia is Foundation, featuring Dimitri Max, Juan Zapata, Joe L and Ray Casil. These cats are some of the best local producers and DJs in town, and if you’re looking for some dance floor mayhem powered by Tropicalia’s great sound system, this will be a great choice! $5 cover all night, 21+

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/662909070470601

THU July 10 Marx Cafe presents: ChristauffFinally for Thursday, if you’re looking for something a little more intimate, check out Christauff’s monthly residency at the Marx Cafe in Mount Pleasant. This month his special guest is James Maber. Not much of a dance floor, but a great bet if you’re looking to enjoy some drinks with some great music.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/739236606140578

 Friday July 11

FORWARD and Urban Artistry Present: Electronic MovementFor something a little bit different for your pre-game on Friday, Forward and Urban Artistry present Electronic Movement at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Sprint. This is the first in a series of shows featuring Electronic Music paired with choreographed dance and visuals in a theater setting. The night will feature exclusive mixes focused on interpreting 3 specific genres of electronic music curated by Internationally recognized artists. The Forward team are always pushing the boundaries to celebrate electronic music culture and promote it to a wider audience, and this promises to be a very special event, providing a new perspective on the music we all love. A bit of culture before heading out to the club on Friday! Pre-sale tickets are $15, and are available here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/electronic-movement-tickets-12048961769.

If you can’t make the Friday show, Electronic Movement is on Saturday too.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1436930649903158/

HECTOR, Adam Collins (House On Mute), Cry Baby (House On Mute) After Electronic movement, get yourself down to U Street Music Hall for headliner Hector (Desolat), supported by Adam Collins (House on Mute) and Cry Baby (House on Mute). A regular visitor to Washington DC, Hector is always worth going out for. I was lucky enough to open for him at Lost on Thursdays last year, and he rocked the place. Hector + the U Street Music Hall sound system will be something special. Cover is $10, but if you get there before 12am, its free for 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1458694957703197

FRI July 11 Flash & The BLKMarket Membership present Taimur & FahadFinally for Friday, Flash has Taimur & Fahad from Blkmarket Membership playing an open to close set.  I’ve heard Taimur rocking the Flash system before, and all I can say is… GO! As long as you can handle the Flash Friday night crowds, you’ll be dancing your ass off all night long. Free before 11pm, $10 after.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/763318507047171

Saturday July 12

If you didn’t make it to Electronic Movement on Friday night, you’ve got another chance to check it out on Saturday night, so get yourself up to Silver Spring before you head out on the town.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/878980535462904

SAT July 12 Flash presents Navbox & Friends (DJ Lisa Frank, Juan Zapata)

A strong recommendation for Saturday night is Navbox’s birthday celebration at Flash, with locals Juan Zapata, DJ Lisa Frank and Navbox himself. Juan and Lisa have both guested on the DC House Grooves radio show before, and they never disappoint, and Navbox always delivers. Definitely worth checking out if you’re planning on heading to U Street for your Saturday night. No cover before 11pm, $12 after.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/676470765771010

M+M Mix Productions & ESL Present John Morales Club Motown Tour...

Across town at Eighteenth Street Lounge, you’ll find disco and house legend John Morales in the Gold Room, supported by ESL regular Philip Goyette, with Mr. Bonkerz on the patio and Smudge in the Main Room. Something for everyone if you’re looking for variety under one roof.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/597091667076522

Napoleons presents JUBILEE and YACO. Opening sounds by DJ Daniel Terrazas

If you’re up in Adams Morgan, my recommendation is that you head to Napoleon Bistro for locals Jubilee and Yaco, with support from Daniel Terrazas. Napoleon is an intimate venue with a great vibe, and Jubilee, who recently guested on the DC House Grooves radio show, has been killing it with his productions lately. Look out for releases coming soon on his Slope Traxx label. Definitely one for the heads. No cover, no dress code. 21+.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/328645220632939

PUSH with Rusty B, DJ Nav and Joe L

Next up for Saturday night is Joe L’s monthly night PUSH at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club up on Bladensburg Road in north east. If you want to escape the crazy Saturday night crowds and get down with the real heads, this is the place to  be. I can guarantee the music will blow you away with this ridiculous local line up. DJ Nav, another recent guest on the DC House Grooves show, has some amazing productions under his belt recently, and I’m sure he’ll be breaking out his best tunes. Joe L and Rusty B always kill it. Not to be missed! No event page for this one, but it kicks off at 10pm up at Jimmy Valentine’s. No cover. 21+.

Jimmy Valentine’s: https://www.facebook.com/JVLHC


And last, but by no means least, finish your Saturday night off right with the Deep Sugar after hours at the legendary Paradox in Baltimore with Lisa Moody, Donna Edwards, Lil Ray, The Elders and Mookie Brock. Described as the best house night on the East Coast, it is well worth the trip up from DC for the best tunes and a real family vibe. When the club closes in DC, get yourself up to Baltimore and dance until sunrise at Deep Sugar. $12 members, $15 general admission.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/566612496777200

Sunday July 13

SUNGLASS SUNDAYS | w/ The SCUMFROG | 4 hour set | Rooftop Charity EventSo if you’ve made it to Sunday and you’re looking to dance on a rooftop in the sunshine, DC’s got you covered with two fantastic rooftop parties. Leonardo Lee’s regular party Sunglass Sundays is over on the Public Bar rooftop, and this Sunday they’s got a spectacular lineup including Kochi, DJ Meegs, Leonardo Lee, Darius Twin, Paul Geddes and special guest Scumfrog. This is going to be a road block, so get there early! Free until 5pm, then $10 after, although if you can show that you have liked the Sunglass Sundays Facebook page, they’ll give you a $5 discount. Check it out for a friends and family vibe.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/655746747841445

World Cup Finals Party feat. Jubilee Vs. Ramirez, Raffi Vs. Lisa Frank, Gabucci Vs. HakobAcross the street from Sunglass Sundays on the Dirty Bar rooftop you’ll find the Sunday’s Rooftop World Cup Final Edition, with locals Gabucci vs. Hakob, Raffi vs. DJ Lisa Frank and Jubilee vs. Ramirez.  If you’re looking for quality tunes on the rooftop, but don’t want to miss the World Cup Finals, this is your best best. They will be screening the match above the DJ booth, and they’ll have the TVs running inside. Make sure you get there for Jubilee vs. Ramirez for some of the best deep tunes you’ll hear all weekend.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/241243309419948

You can check out the DC House Grooves show I did with Jubilee and Ramirez here:


If you’re up in Columbia Heights, check out Zeba Bar for Episode 24 of Christauff and Stylo’s Zeba Sunday Sessions. Quality tunes in the neighborhood from 6pm to 10 pm.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1514294428799565

And finally for Sunday, check out the regular ESL Sundays night over at Eighteenth Street Lounge. As always, local legend Sam Burns will be at the controls in the Gold Room, with Mr Bonkerz playing disco classics in the Main Room, and The Metaphysical holding things down on the patio. No event page for this, but check out the Eighteenth Street Lounge Facebook page for more info.

And that just about wraps it up for this edition of the DC House Grooves weekend roundup… just one more bonus recommendation:

Monday July 14

Motown on MondaysLooking to decompress after your weekend, but can’t quite bring yourself to stay in? Motown on Mondays at Den of Thieves on H Street is rapidly becoming the place to be for the heads to catch up and compare notes on their weekend adventures, to a sound track of original Motown classics and remixes from DJs D-Mac, Jayclue, and Rusty B. No cover, 21+/

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/650040735089751

And that really does wrap it up for this week’s round up! For your pre- and post- game sound track, don’t forget to tune into DC House Grooves radio for quality underground house music from Washington, DC based DJs streaming 24/7:

DC House Grooves Radio

See you on the dance floor!

Author: Andy Grant