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 closing

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 July 26 to July 29

Super fun times at U Street Music Hall last Friday opening up for Rush Plus and Anthony Naples. Massive thanks to the U Street Music Hall crew for inviting us to play. Some great events going down at U Hall lately, and super grateful to play a small part. We also had a great time getting down at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club at Uncle Benny‘s 35th birthday celebrations with Detroit’s Daniel Andres. Always a fun time at Jimmy‘s, and Benoit and Daniel were bringing it big time! I’ve got to give a big shout to the  Sequence crew for another great event at the warehouse. Always a packed house at Sequence parties, and this one was no exception. Sadly I couldn’t stay as long as I wanted to due to a Saturday afternoon gig with the Elevate Rooftop Pool Party crew, but then that got postponed due to rain, so I should have stayed! Looking forward to the Sequence year two anniversary party with Adam X and R.Rose!

OK, before I get into this weekend in Washington DC, if any of our readers are in Boston this Friday, make sure you check out Roots & Spirits presents El Yunque Puerto Rico fund raiser with Ramirez & DashRok at Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge. That’s right! Our good friend, DC House Grooves Show resident Ramirez is taking things on the road to Boston this Friday, raising funds for Puerto Rico. For real house music in Boston from one of my favorite DJs this Friday, look no further than El Yunque.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2093982277547101/

el yunque roots and spirits

Right, back to DC, and this weekend is all about the launch of the Grand Ancestor 2.0 Sound System. It’s Yola‘s 29th birthday, and to celebrate, the Grand Ancestor crew are launching their brand new sound system (more about that later) with not one, but two massive celebrations of the finest reggae and dub the nation’s capital has ever seen. DC House Grooves is getting in on the celebrations by giving away a pair of tickets to both the Friday night event AND the Saturday night event. For a chance to win, just click through to the entry form, enter your email address and full name and submit the form. We’ll pick one winner on Friday afternoon then another on Saturday afternoon, so there’s two chances to win! 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 door.

I want to win tickets to the Grand Ancestor 2.0 celebrations!!!

So what’s on the menu for the Grand Ancestor 2.0 launch? Friday brings and Innamind Recordings Takeover with KarmaAgoHeadlandKurks and Grand Ancestor featuring MC Husky, all delivered over the brand new Grand Ancestor 2.0 sound system. This one’s gonna go until sunrise (and perhaps beyond), and it’s just $10 before 2am, $20 after.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/730471570456694/

grand ancestor 2.0 Innamind Recordings takeover

Then on Saturday night, it’s back to the same spot for part 2 of the celebrations, with  . Downbeat the RulerTony Screw the Gold Finger, Johnny Go Figure and of course  Grand Ancestor with MC Husky. Another fine line up to get the stacks singing just right! I know I tend to focus on underground house and techno on DC House Grooves, but this is the music the Grand Ancestor sound system was built for, and you really need to experience it to understand! Whether you go Friday or Saturday, make sure you make time for Grand Ancestor this weekend.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/628973354145417/

grand ancestor 2.0 Downbeat the rules

So what’s the big deal with the Grand Ancestor 2.0 Sound System? If you’ve experienced the original Grand Ancestor stacks, then you know it ain’t no joke. Well, the new system is a one of a kind, custom designed 5 way system with 18 cabinets and 4 foot tall scoops. If you thought GA v1.0 was good, GA 2.0 is going to blow you away. Here are some exclusive pics to whet your appetite; if you want to see and hear the real thing on it’s debut outing, make sure you join the celebrations on Friday or Saturday!

Not sure what to expect from Grand Ancestor? Then check out the promo videos for their latest release, GA 013, plus the promos for GA 012 and GA 011. Each one a quality release! GA 013 is currently available from the Grand Ancestor Record Shop, and while  GA 012 is sold out pretty much everyone, there are a few copies left at the Grand Ancestor Record Shop if you move fast. Don’t sleep! Proper reggae business from a home grown Washington DC record label!

OK, so you’re going to one (or both) of the Grand Ancestor 2.0 events on Friday or Saturday, but what else is happening this weekend? As usual, I’ve compiled all the best underground events over on the DC House Grooves Facebook Page, and you can see the list for each day by clicking the links below. All my Top Picks for each day, just a click away!

Top Picks Thursday July 26

Top Picks Friday July 27

Top Picks Saturday July 28

Top Picks Sunday July 29

Sadly I’m out of time, but I’ll quickly mention a few more highlights for the weekend: Playlist with Karina and Jubilee at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday and Summer Heat with Sam BurnsDJ Double 07 and Anish at Jimmy Valentine’s on Friday are solid picks, and come highly recommended!

summer heat dj double 07 sam burns

Then on Saturday, kick things off at Sunset & Chill at the Olde City Farm, and then head up at Flash for the Distrikt of Columbia  fundraiser, or for some proper techno head to  Jimmy’s for Blueprint featuring Monix, Steve Kirn and Ron Jackson.

sunset & chill

Sunday, I recommend Sunday Love with Quantic for quality rooftop vibes. That’s it for this weekend, hope to see you all a the Grand Ancestor 2.0 celebrations, and of course I’ll be back here, same time, same place, next weekend with info on all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Oh, and did I mention next week we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to the next soon to be sold out ROAM on a Boat on August 5? Come back next week for a chance to win!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC June 14 to June 17

Just about recovered from another amazing weekend on the dance floor right here in the District, excited for the next one! Katrina Mir and I had an amazing time at U Street Music Hall on Saturday with the Deep Sugar crew, throwing down a set of pure disco bliss to get the party started. Wayne DavisLisa Moody and our very own local super star Ultra Naté, fresh off the plane from Ibiza, all brought their A games; the energy in that room was incredible! We may not have The Paradox anymore, but the legendary Deep Sugar magic is still intact. The high point of the evening was a live PA from house diva Dawn Tallman, and wow, did she deliver! Don’t take my word for it, check out the video below.

Huge thanks to Ultra for inviting me and Katrina to open the night, and to the whole Deep Sugar crew for their warmth, energy and professionalism, contributing to an amazing night for everyone! The next Deep Sugar is Lisa Moody‘s birthday celebration at Baltimore Sound Stage on June 30, with Ultra NatéLisa MoodyWayne DavisThe Elders (miss you guys!), Michael Joyner and a live performance from Michelle Weeks. Mark it in your calendar and get your ass to Baltimore on June 30!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1744454295653635/

So what am I so excited about for this weekend? Well apart from all the amazing events happening Thursday through Saturday (more on those soon), we’ve got the third edition of our Sunday rooftop charity event Beats Maneuver this Sunday, featuring none other that former  Smartbar resident Miles Maeda with support from Beats Maneuver residents yours truly Andy GrantKochi and local special guest Aaron Sparks. The weather was not our friend for the last Beats Maneuver with Trinidadian Deep at Public Bar, but the forecast for Sunday is looking like sunshine all day long, so join us on the rooftop at Public for a pure house music workout in the sunshine to close out your weekend. If you find DC House Grooves a useful resource, if I’ve supported your events on these here pages, why not return the favor and come out and support Beats Maneuver? As always, we’ll donating a portion of the proceeds to charity, so it’s a great time for a great cause. We’re only charging $5 cover for this one, a great deal for a line up of this caliber. Please RSVP on the event page, and we’ll see you on the rooftop this Sunday!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/236700083780910/

beats maneuver miles maeda

Right, here are this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, 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 full list over on Facebook.

Top Picks Thursday June 14

Top Picks Friday June 15

Top Picks Saturday June 16

Top Picks Sunday June 17

Highlights for this weekend include Playlist with Jubilee and special guest Sarah Myers at  Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, then on Friday, I recommend heading up to Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club for Reflections with the homies DJ Nav, Joe LSteve Kirn and Jandro. With a line up like that, you can’t go far wrong.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2083749088319908/

reflections

If what you’ve got in mind for Friday is the opposite of an intimate music session at Jimmys, then I’ve got just the thing for you. While I don’t usually include event at Echostage on these page, because let’s face it, they hardly quality as underground, I’ll make an exception for this Friday, as none other that the man, the legend, Carl Cox will be gracing the stage for an extended set with support from local hero Saeed YounanCarl Cox was resident at the first club I attended regularly back in the late eighties, the Zap Club in Brighton, England, and it’s amazing to see how far he’s come. $40 advanced tickets are still available, grab yours now.

Advanced tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carl-cox-ages-18-tickets-46667906966
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/205826446676528/

carl cox echostage

Up in Baltimore this Friday, the 4 Hours of Funk crew will be celebrating their 9 year (!) anniversary at The Windup Space.  Congrats to Graham Hatke and Fleg for keeping it going so long! If you’re in the neighborhood, put this one down on your list.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/173259580029466/

4 hours of funk 9 years

Saturday night, I recommend you kick off your evening at Flash, which hosts Traumer with support form Jus Nowhere and KayLaSoul. Up in the Green Room, it’s the debut of We Dig Vinyl, a celebration of music in my favorite medium. The debut event features We Dig Vinyl founders Elliott Sloan and Wade Hammes, alongside Joss. Please show your support! Down in the bar, it’s another edition of Juice with Jacq Jill and StrikeStone!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1113555
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/227158394718024/

traumer at flash

For afters on Saturday, head to the warehouse for ROAM Triple Threat Lisa x Jett x Juana, featuring  ROAM residents  DJ Lisa Frank and Jett Chandon  with Discwoman‘s Juana going back to back to back all night long. Advanced tickets are only $5 for what promises to be a quality late night / early morning at the spot.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1122410
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/198348277476612/

roam triple threat

Now I know you’re all coming out to support us at Beats Maneuver with Miles Maeda at  Public Bar on Sunday, but if you just want to kick back and listen to tunes in a social media free setting, I recommend checking out U Street Music Hall‘s new regular Sunday listening event The Universal Listening Room. Tunes from all genres from Will Eastman and guest selectors, played in their entirety, all night long. A great concept, which I hope will be a great success.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/228826481037884/

the universal listening room

That’s it for this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. See you on the Public Bar rooftop this Sunday! Failing that, you know where to find us, same time, same place next week, for all the best info on what’s going down on the dance floor in Washington DC.

 

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC May 31 to June 3

Wow! Amazing times on the rooftop at Public Bar on Memorial Day Sunday at the first edition of Beats ManeuverGigi Testa threw down an amazing set of serious house vibes with classics a plenty, while supporting DJs KayLaSoulAndrew Hogans, RamirezKochiKatrina Mir and yours truly all brought their A games, keeping that dance floor jumping for 12 hours straight. Huge thanks to everyone who came out to support this first collaboration between Roots & SpiritsVibeDC House Grooves and Public Bar, and a very special thanks to the team at Public Bar who worked hard throughout the event to make sure everything ran smoothly. If you couldn’t make it on Memorial Day Sunday, the great news is that we’re back at it this coming Sunday with our second edition of Beats Maneuver, this time featuring Trinidadian Deep (Prescription Future Vision), with support from Mate MasieNeko Berg and resident Ramirez, and for this one we’re only charging $5 cover on the door open to close! That’s right, a seriously hot lineup, a fantastic rooftop venue, and only $5 cover. We hope you can make it to Beats Maneuver at Public Bar this Sunday for what promises to be another amazing night on the rooftop! Doors open at 6pm.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1063985653760447/

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OK, shameless promotion of my shit out of the way, here are the links to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, 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 my list of Top Picks for that day.

Top Picks Thursday May 31

Top Picks Friday June 1

Top Picks Saturday June 2

Top Picks Sunday June 3

As always, an amazing set of events to choose from. Thursday night’s highlights include  Playlist with Jubilee and special guest Mazi R at Eighteenth Street Lounge, while at Flash, the Cadence crew return with a spectacular line up headlined by drum and bass legend LTJ BukemRobert ManosT.R.A.C., with local support from Vanniety KillsTim Jackson and Blak Lotus. Up in the Green Room, Aaron SparksMikey Dubs and the mighty Team Zapata keep the house music vibes strong open to close. Sounds like a proper celebration for the birthday trifecta Jen JacksonAaron Sparks and Vanniety Kills! A very Happy Birthday to you all from DC House Grooves!

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1674034
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2075122922752461/

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Firday night, Flash looks like a great bet, with Marsian LIVE (Marc Houle & Sian) in the main room,  Sarah Myers and Juan Zapata open to close in the Green Room, and funk, boogie, disco and soul from Trev-skiHaz of the MoDERN CLASS crew in the bar.

Advanced tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2KN1lGZ
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/170343593652184/

marsian live at flash

Saturday evening, I recommend checking out a new concept from Raptorstein, featuring chill music vibes and fire performances as the sun goes down, the Sunset & Chill Fire Jam & Dance Party with RaptorsteinAnandroidZamkov, plus performances from  Revolutionary Motion and Ardiente. Hosted at the Olde City Farm on Rhode Island Avenue, and only $5 cover all night, this promises to be a super chill way to get your Saturday night off to a great start.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1418285918276046/

sunset & chill

Saturday evening,  Eighteenth Street Lounge looks hot, with my old college pal Dicky Trisco flying in all the way from Dundee, Scotland, to hold things down on the patio open to close.

ESL Saturday

Flash also looks like a great bet, with Amir JavasoulNavbox and Throe bringing the heat on the club level, while Zamkov Philco keep things jumping in the Green Room, and Jandro Hakob do their thing in the bar. Quality on all three floors, as always.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1110352 
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1695240223928696/

amir javasoul at flash

For after hours action on Saturday, all roads lead to ROAM Barely Legal, which sees the ROAM crew celebrating their 18th event in style, with another world-class line up featuring Dr Rubinstein, local hero Max D of Beautiful SwimmersFuture Times  fame, TNX‘s Tommy Cornelis, Taiga & Oliver Caine. As always, there’ll be banging Martin Audio sound, zero tolerance for assholery and guaranteed vibes all round.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1097475
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1995995063761906

roam barely legal

On Sunday, I’d obviously love it if you came out to support us on the rooftop at Public Bar for the second edition of Beats Maneuver with Trinidadian Deep, but there are a few other great options. If I wasn’t busy with Beats Maneuver, I’d be sure to check out The House That U Built at El Techo with a classic THTUB all-star line up, including Sam BurnsThe Elders and Vanniety Kills, and I’d be sorely tempted to get myself a ticket to the Soundwaves Boat Party with NDATL‘s Kai Alcé and Benoit B2B Edo. Always a magical time on the Soundwaves boat, and with Kai Alcé at the helm, you know you’re in good hands, Advanced tickets will sell out for this one, so be sure to grab one now to reserve your spot on deck.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1111631
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1883738061670156/

soundwaves boat party kai alce

If you end up on the boat, you’ll have plenty of time to join us on the rooftop at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver with Trinidadian Deep after the boat docks at 9.30pm. The perfect way to close out an amazing weekend on the dance floor!

That’s it for this week’s edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks. I’ll be back, same time, same place next week with everything you need to know about what’s good on the dance floor right here in Washington DC.