DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC February 7 to February 10

All right, all right… first of all, thanks to everyone who came out last Friday for Katrina Mir‘s debut on the club level at Flash supporting Dana Ruh, and thanks to the team at Flash for their wonderful hospitality. It was great to finally hear Katrina giving the Funktion Ones a good work out! Definitely one for the books.

Before I get to this week’s top picks, I’ve got a couple of exclusives for you. To celebrate the launch of Will Eastman‘s second album, Breathe, this Friday February 8, DC  House Grooves is premiering the second track off the album, The  Museum of Sleeping Pills, and we’ve also got a very special Meet the Locals podcast from the man himself, exploring the multitude of influences that contributed to his creative process while producing Breathe.

Will Eastman - Breathe

One of the hardest working and longest serving members of Washington DC’s electronic music community, DJ, producer and U Street Music Hall owner Will Eastman has been working on his second album for the past 18 months, and it features eight tracks drawing from a huge range of influences, from Classic House, to Trip Hop, to Disco and 90s Shoegaze, and has a worthy place in the collection of anyone who appreciates dance music and electronica. In Will’s own words, “While I was working on this album, my mother died and I faced a huge wall of family health issues. It hit me like a brick at the same time the United States started experiencing a political and cultural tsunami. Things are not ok in my homeland and it would be foolish to pretend they are. This album reflects that tension in its 8 tracks, from opioid addiction to our collective inability to tackle huge issues like mental health treatment and climate change. I put everything I have musically within me into this album,” says Eastman, “and the experience inspired me to share a deeper musical connection with my fans from Hilo, and to reconnect with people from all aspects of my life and tell these stories through music. Personally, I’ve been on a transformative journey this past year and a half during the making of this album, overcoming struggles and putting the new life experience I documented in Hilo to good use. I’m in overdrive.”

Without further ado, here’s the premiere of the second track on the album, The Museum of  Sleeping Pills, a beautifully produced, tripped out, laid-back groover with trip-hop, jazz, disco & funk influences. Crank the volume and check it out!

Breathe will be available on Friday, February 8 from Will Eastman‘s Bandcamp page and all the usual outlets. If you’re looking for something new to listen to from a highly regarded local artist, grab yourself a copy on Friday. Support local artists! And if you’re curious about what to expect from Breathe, and want a taste of its myriad influences, check out Breath Inspirations, episode #75 of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast by Will Eastman.

Will and the crew will be celebrating the launch of Breathe at the Breathe Album  Release Party at U Street Music Hall on Saturday March 16, with sets from Will, Ken Lazee and Ozker. FREE entry with RSVP. You can also catch Will & Ozker this Saturday at U Street Music Hall at their celebration of all things Daft Punk, French house and indie dance, Rev909.

FREE with RSVP at: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1822535
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/245947119658888/

Before getting into this weekend’s shenanigans, a quick shout to a party coming up next weekend. Late Night Mischief is back with another quality session on the amazing Grand Ancestor sound system on Saturday February 23 featuring German duo Session Victim with support from Martín Miguel. Things have been quiet on the Late Night Mischief front lately, so its great to see them back in action again. Advance tickets are required for this one, and $20 early birds are still available if you move fast. not to be missed!

No time this week to list all this weekend’s highlights, but I have included all the event flyers below, along with links to all the event pages on Facebook. Just click the link at the top of each section. The big news this Friday is the return of Uncle Benny’s After Hours  Express at a new location this Friday, with a smoking line up including Ari Goldman, Samantha Francesca, Benoit & Luke. Advance tickets have been selling like hot cakes, but there are still a few $20 tix left. Don’t sleep!

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And the big news on Saturday is the triumphant return of ROAM at a new secret location. ROAM XXVI features Joy Orbison and residents Lisa Frank, Sami & Jett Chandon, with Team Zapata‘s Martin Audio sound system. The warehouse move this weekend! $20 advance tickets available now, price will go up on the door.

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Here’s my full list of Top Picks, Thursday through Sunday. Seriously quality all round, everything you need to keep you grooving through the early hours of Monday morning. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks Thursday February 7

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ESL Thursday
Archie Hamilton and Nick flynn at Flash
Sleaze
Profundo Jahsonic
Preview Happy Hour

DC House Grooves Top Picks Friday February 8

Reflections Hugo Jandro
Desert Hearts at Flash
ESL Friday
Juan MacLean at U Street Music Hall
WTF?! with Kochi
Decibel Collective at Backbar
District Drop Inn
Sabeel Chohan and Matt Sosa at El Techo

DC House Grooves Top Picks Saturday February 9

ROAM XXVI
Robag Wruhme at Flash
ESL Saturday
The Speakeasy Disco at El Techo
Jubilee at Allegory
Vives Unlimited Ben Jenkins Trevor Keen
Revolution 909 at U Street Music Hall
Confetti & Friends at Jimmy Valentines
Eklektik Elektik
Deep Tech Alice Clark

DC House Grooves Top Picks Sunday February 10

ESL Sunday
Bruce Bailey at El Techo

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

Still buzzing from Late Night Maneuvers with Turtle Bugg last Friday! Major thanks to everyone who brought their energy to the dance floor. I for one had an amazing time dancing with you guys. I haven’t lost myself in the music like that for a very long time. The Bozak  powered Grand Ancestor Sound System was performing at it’s absolute best, and all the DJs really delivered the goods, from Kochi‘s opening set to my B2B2B with RamirezKatrina Mir to Turtle Bugg‘s fantastic all vinyl headline set.

Turtle Bugg at Late Night Maneuvers

Turtle Bugg at Late Night Maneuvers

Those who stayed to the bitter end were even treated to an impromptu reggae set from Mr Grand Ancestor himself, Yola. Huge thanks to Team Zapata and everyone on the crew for helping make it such a special night. Certainly one I won’t be forgetting any time soon. At some point, I’d better check out the recording of all the sets. Something to look forward to! Beats Maneuever is back at 12|30 Lounge on Saturday November 17 with NYC’s  Yuko Jikido and support from Deep Secrets‘ Benoit and UDP‘s Andrew HogansYuko destroyed the dance floor when she played for us earlier this year at Public Bar, and we’re looking forward to her giving us another proper work out at 12|30 on November 17. Mark it in your calendar, and we’ll see you on the dance floor!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2329652310605568/

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OK, I know most of you aren’t here to read me rambling on about last week’s party or pimping my upcoming events. You just want a chance to win a pair of free tickets to this Friday’s sold out ROAM V Year Anniversary Party with Ben UFOLauren RitterLisa FrankSamiRush Plus Taiga. Well, without further ado, here’s the link to the DC House Grooves ROAM V Year FREE ticket giveway:

I want to win a pair of FREE tickets to the  ROAM V Year Anniversary Party

As mentioned above, tickets to this can’t miss event are completely sold out, but you never know, there may be a ticket or two popping up in the Resident Advisor resale queue. If you don’t have a ticket yet, best of luck finding one. It’s gonna be an amazing night celebrating 5 years of Washington DC’s premiere warehouse event!

ROAM V Year Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1168063
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/280411446132165/

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OK, here are the links to my DC House Grooves Top Picks for this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Plenty of great underground house and techno events to choose from this week, so make sure you plan your dance floor strategy carefully!

Top Picks Thursday November 8

Top Picks Friday November 9

Top Picks Saturday November 10

Top Picks Sunday November 11

Beyond the ROAM V Year Anniversary Party, other highlights for this weekend include  Flash‘s warehouse join with Dubfire B2B Danny Tenaglia, also on Friday, then on Saturday, all roads lead back to the spot for another edition of Late Night Mischief, Early Morning Love with San Francisco’s Jimmy B alongside Juan Zapata and Joe L. Three incredible DJs working the Grand Ancestor Sound System until sunrise. Doesn’t get much better than that! Early birds are just $10, although if you roll up before 12am, you can get in FREE!

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1183659
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2181361761903347/

late night mischief jimmy b

Sunday night, Eighteenth Street Lounge, as always, is the place to be, with Sam Burns‘ weekly residency in the Gold Room, and out on the patio, another edition of Sundays Rooftop with Yoyaku’s Roger Gerressen and resident Benoit. A great way to wrap up your weekend on the dance floor!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2129104550684203/

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That’s all for this week’s edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks. Check back next week for news and info on all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday.

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC November 1 to November 4

With Halloween just about in the rear view mirror, it’s time to start thinking about the weekend. Good thing there’s another action packed line up of events right here in DC to keep you dancing Thursday through Sunday! We’re super excited about Beats Maneuver‘s partnership with Late Night Mischief crew, Late Night Maneuvers, this Friday November 2. We’ll be taking over an intimate warehouse space in northeast DC and bringing the one and only Turtle Bugg (Sublimate) down from Detroit to really show us who’s boss behind the decks. A true DJs DJ, we can’t wait to hear what he’s got waiting for us in his record bag!

Late Night Maneuvers with Turtle Bugg

With the Beats Maneuver resident DJs on support, you can be sure of a musical evening to remember; Kochi will be warming things up, kicking off with the slow jams, teasing you on to the dance floor. Next, me (Andy Grant), Ramirez and Katrina Mir will be dialing things up with one of our epic back to back to back sets, the three of us feeding off each other’s energy for a fantastic, vibe filled journey. We’ll be priming the floor perfectly for Turtle Bugg to take over and keep things jumping until the morning comes. And did I mention we’ll be working the Grand Ancestor 2.0 Sound System? Not only that, we’ll be powered by the amazing Bozak AR6 Mixer for a fully analog signal path from the turntables to the speakers. Sound quality matters, and we’re going to be working hard to make sure the system sounds as good as can be, bathing you in warm analog goodness for an immersive experience that you won’t soon forget. There are still a limited number of $10 early bird tickets available on Resident Advisor, after which standard advance tickets are $15. On the night, entry will be FREE before 12am, $20 from 12am to 2am, then $30 after 2am. However, if you RSVP at http://bit.ly/TBUGGRSVP, you can get in for $20 all night. If you’re not sure if you can make it, might as well RSVP now to lock in the $20 rate.

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1176338
RSVP: http://bit.ly/TBUGGRSVP
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/252265672021830/

Oh, and did I mention our advance ticket prize draw? Beats Maneuver is giving away a FREE, Near Mint copy of Luxuru by Ronin from 2002 on the highly sought after Driftwood record label worth well over $60 to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, just buy an advance ticket to Late Night Maneuvers featuring Turtle Bugg (Sublimate). Each ticket purchased gets you one entry into the prize draw. One ticket, one entry. Two tickets, two entries, and so on. We’ll pick the winner at 6pm on Friday November 2 at 6pm, and the winner can collect their prize at the event. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your advance tickets now to an amazing party now, and you might just win a super rare and valuable record.

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Fast forward to Sunday, and you can catch our very own Katrina Mir on the line up at  Saeed Younan‘s Rooftop Sessions at Public Bar alongside Sydney BluHeather FemiaSabeel Chohan and Eric Marcantonio. It’s going to be another amazing night of super talented DJs on the rooftop at Public Bar, and you can catch Katrina Mir from 9pm. $10 early bird tickets still available. Grab yours now!

Advance tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/younan-music-pres-sydney-blu-women-powered-event-tickets-51348795630
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/172934543592857/

Rooftop Sessions with Sydney Blu

Before I get into the rest of the top picks for this weekend, I want to give a big shout out to the ROAM crew who are celebrating 5 years of quality underground events next Friday, November 9, with the ROAM V Year Anniversary, featuring none other than Ben UFO and Lauren Ritter with support from ROAM residents DJ Lisa FrankSamiRush PlusJett Chandon and Taiga. Just the right balance of headliners to locals 🙂 To celebrate this very special anniversary, DC House Grooves has partnered with ROAM to give away a pair of FREE tickets worth $50 to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, click the link below and fill out the form to enter the draw. We’ll pick the winner at 5pm on Friday November 9, and will let them know at the email address provided. Please make sure you use your real name as shown on your ID and a valid email address! You’ll need to show your ID to claim your prize, so that name better match!

I want to win a pair of FREE tickets to the  ROAM V Year Anniversary Party

If you don’t feel like leaving things up to chance, if you move fast, there are still some $20 first release tickets available, but don’t hang around, they won’t last long. Here’s to many more years of ROAM!

ROAM V Year Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1168063
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/280411446132165/

roam v year

OK, here are my Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to see what’s up.

Top Picks Thursday November 1

Top Picks Friday November 2

Top Picks Saturday November 3

Top Picks Sunday November 4

Besides the events mentioned above, highlights this weekend include Playlist with JubileeMazi at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Sleaze at Wonderland on Thursday, Acid People  with  FurtiveBastetJuana Ron Jackson at Jimmy Valentine’s on Friday, then on Saturday hit up Sunset and Chill at Olde City Farm before heading up the Flash for Ryan CrossonCap Mazi R in the main room with Mike Harvey and Steve Kirn in the Green Room and Vibe with DJ Kochi and DJ Meegs in the Flash Bar.

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If you’re in Baltimore on Saturday, I highly recommmend checking out Soul Love Dance Party with The Elders at Factory 17. Always a fun time with the Baltimore family!

Sunday night, we’ll be supporting Katrina Mir and the Rooftop Sessions crew at Public Bar, but Eighteenth Street Lounge is always worth checking out for quality house and disco each and every Sunday. Catch Sam Burns in the Gold Room and Hold Tight with Martín Miguel open to close out on the patio. A great way to close out your weekend on the dance floor!

That’s it for this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. Don’t forget to grab your tickets to Late Night Maneuvers with Turtle Bugg, and we’ll see you on the dance floor at the warehouse this Friday! See you back here, same time, same place next week for all the best info on underground house music events in Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday.

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC October 4 to October 7

It’s Columbus Day holiday weekend, and if you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to work on Monday, we’ve got a treat for you on Sunday night! DC House Grooves in partnership with Roots & SpiritsUDP Music and Vibe bring you another edition of Beats Maneuver featuring real house music from none other than the mighty Jephté Guillaume (Spiritual Life Music) with support from Ramirez on the upper level, and on the lower level,  KayLaSoulBaronhawk Poitier (TNX) & yours truly, Andy Grant. After our summer rooftop party series celebrating the very best of house music at Public Bar, we’re looking forward to taking things indoors at our new spot, 12|30 on 9th Street. With a holiday on Monday, we’ll be going late for this one, so join us at 10pm on Sunday, and be ready to shake it on the dance floor. Early bird tickets at just $10, more on the door. A serious bargain for a line up of this caliber!

Advance tickets to Beats Manuever with Jephté Guillaume
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/293199721408134/

Beats Maneuver Jephté Guillaume

We’ll be warming up for Beats Maneuver on Saturday night with another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with me, RamirezKatrina Mir, kicking off at 10pm ET. As always, we’ll be broadcasting audio from the Underground Quality website, but for video we’re taking the show back to the Underground Quality Live Youtube page. Lots of great new music to share, so tune in from 10pm ET on Saturday and let us get you ready for a night out on the dance floor!

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: http://bit.ly/UQ-Live
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/319393682179365/

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If you’re not familiar with the DC House Grooves Show vibe, then check out 5.5 hour after hours session featuring me, Katrina Mir and Ramirez. Quality house music from beginning to end.

 

So what else is happening in Washington DC this weekend? Nothing short of a metric fuckton of incredible events, that’s what. Thursday night is some kind of stupid, what with and early show featuring George Fitzgerald live followed by a late show with Catz’n’ Dogz at U Street Music Hall, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs at FlashPlaylist with JubileeSarah Myers at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Sleaze: You Go Ghoul at Wonderland. Take your pick, they’ll all be top notch!  Too many to list on Friday, but I recommend getting down to some minimal vibes with Petre InspirescuGhostTaigaThroe at Flash, then heading to the warehouse for LNM: Jesse Bru, Bokeh, Samantha Francesca & Team Zapata delivering the underground goodies on the incredible Grand Ancestor sound system for afters. Advance tickets are recommended, and there are still some $10 early birds available. However, if you’re planning on just rolling up, I recommend you add yourself to the RSVP list for $20 entry on the door. If you’re not on the RSVP list, door tax will be a steep $30. Seems like a great policy for reserving the dance floor for the heads.

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Saturday night, once you’ve warmed up listing to the DC House Groooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, out on the town EdwardOskar OffermanJubilee at Flash promises a good time, but if you’re looking for the full warehouse experience, ROAM, UNTER and The NeedlExchange are joining forces for Capitol Punishment with Volvox, Jasmine Infiniti, Olga, DJ Lisa Frank, Tommy Cornelis, Jett Chandon, Bil Todd, Chris Nitti & Baronhawk. It’s like a Justice League of techno, with the crews joining forces for a full 12 hours to fight for truth, justice and the American way, through the medium of untz, or something. As always, advance tickets are highly recommended. Needle drops at 10pm, and the sweet music continues until 10am Sunday. They aren’t taking any prisoners with this one. Be ready for punishment!

Capitol Punishment

Sunday night, well, you know. Beats Maneuver with Jephté Guillaume LiveRamirezKayLaSoulBaronhawk and Andy Grant at 12|30 on 9th street NW. ‘Nuff said! Advance tickets just $10. Grab yours now!  The perfect way to decompress with something a little more organic after a night of pounding techno at the warehouse. And, of course, there’s no work on Monday! Hope to see you there.

The highlights above barely scratch the surface of what’s going on this weekend. For the full list of DC House Grooves Top Picks for each day, click the links below for each day. You can’t really go wrong with any of them.

Top Picks Thursday October 4

Top Picks Friday October 5

Top Picks Saturday October 6

Top Picks Sunday October 7

That’s it for this week’s edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks. Please consider joining us at Beats Manuever on Sunday, and whatever you end up doing, I hope you have an amazing time. I’ll be back next week, same time, same place, with news and info on all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!