Just about recovered from another amazing weekend, which we kicked off back in the Green Room at Flash for We Dig Vinyl with Elliot Sloan, Symmetrical, Wade Hammes, Katrina 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 Ecussionist, Deacon Izzy & the Congregation, DJ Jay Jay, Chosen, Andy Grant (yeah, that’s me), Benoit, Tee Alford, DJ 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!
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/249356162367878/
This event is completely FREE, but please consider donating to the fundraiser to help cover the costs of hosting the event.
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/
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 Moroder, Claptone, François K, Holy Ghost, Horse Meat Disco, Ultra Naté, Nancy Whang, Juan MacLean, Jacques Renault with support from locals Eau Claire, Charles Feelgood, Sleaze, Ozker & 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.
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 Bar, Reflections Labor Day Edition at Jimmy Valentine’s, Sunday Love with Tornado Wallace at Flash and V.sions with Laurine & Jubilee 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.