DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Techno Events in Washington DC Labor Day Weekend Thursday August 29 to Monday September 2

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Big thanks to everyone who came out to Wild Days at Eaton Hotel to groove with me and Katrina last Friday night, and thanks to the team at Eaton for booking us. For those who couldn’t make it, here’s the full recording of the night. Over four house of sublime house and disco bliss served up fresh from the wax.

So it’s another long holiday weekend here in Washington DC, and DC House Grooves Top Picks has the low down on everything you need to know to keep you grooving, Thursday through Labor Day Monday. Speaking of which, who’s up for some house music in the park on Labor Day? DC House Grooves has teamed up once again with Chrysis Entertainment for the Capital House Music Festival 2019, a FREE outdoor event in Malcolm X Park in Washington DC on Labor Day Monday, September 2nd. This family friendly event features an epic line up of local DJ talent, including Sam “The Man” Burns, DJ Tantra, Chosen, Tee Alford, Benoit, DJ Jay Jay, and of course myself, Andy Grant and Katrina Mir. There’ll also be live performances by Dannis Winston, Worldtown Sound Systems and live percussion from Muzikal Dunk. This FREE festival will raise awareness and funds for inner city youth music programs. All participants are donating their time and talent to the event, but donations help keep things on track. If you’re in a position to donate to the event, you can do so here. Every little bit helps! Hope to see you all there on Labor Day 🙂

Website: https://www.capitalhousemusicfestival.org (See last year’s highlight reel!)
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2150450905082012/
Donate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/t56w9-capital-house-music-festival

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To prepare for Monday, we’ll be getting warmed up with a very special Friday night episode of DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio featuring me, Katrina Mir and Ramirez. We’ll be kicking this one off at 11pm ET on Friday night, so head over to the Underground Quality Live YouTube channel, set a reminder, then tune in on Friday!

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: http://bit.ly/UQ-Live
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/497970154323675/

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Saturday night, we’ll be heading to Flash showing crew love for Ramirez as he opens up the club level for Gigi Testa. with Z@p, Peter Kaufmann and Taiga in the Green Room and Markinthedark, Steve Kirn and Kaylasoul in the bar, it’s going to be another epic party across three dance floors. Can’t wait!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2317150058533616/
Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1304989

gigi testa with ramirez at flash

Other events to look out for this weekend are Sequence with Sterac, Juana, Ron Jackson, Furtive and Associate, plus an ambient room featuring CC80, Bastet, Lyceum and Damon Bradley on Saturday. Advanced tickets recommended.

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1298592
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/412687716261394/

sequence year three with sterac

Then on Sunday, Collective Minds in Baltimore is always a good time, but if you can’t make the trip up 95, DC has you covered with great options like Eighteenth Street Lounge Sunday with Sam Burns and Anthony Nicholson, and Reflections Labor Day Edition at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club with Jacq Jill, Hot Coffee, Joe L, Kundalini and Jandro. Holiday Sundays at Jimmys are always a good time!

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OK, here’s my full list of Top Picks for the weekend. First, you’ll find galleries for the weekend line ups at Flash and Eighteenth Street Lounge, then sections for every day of the weekend, Thursday through Labor Day Monday. Plenty to choose from over the long weekend! Whatever you choose, have an amazing time, and we’ll see you in Malcolm X Park on Monday!

Flash Labor Day Weekend Line Up Thursday through Sunday

Eighteenth Street Lounge Labor Day Weekend Line Up Thursday though Sunday

Thursday August 29

ESL Thursday with Playlist featuring Jubilee and Ramirez
joris voorn at flash
drum club at u street music hall
Associate Radio Hour

Friday August 30

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floorplan at flash
we 2 techno u at studio gaga
fractal love just a pinch
sabeel chohan oddson kaylasoul at el techo
better on foot at eaton
ESL Friday

Saturday August 31

gigi testa with ramirez at flash
sequence year three with sterac
summer heat at jimmys
deep sugar labor day party
labor day yacht party
ESL Saturday with Conscious Contact

Sunday September 1

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collective minds
ESL Labor Day Sunday
sunday love at flash
el techo sunday
deep tech with alan nieves

Labor Day Monday September 2

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skate fever 2019
labor day sunday at el techo

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Techno Events in Washington DC June 27 to June 30

Fun times at Late Night Mischief on Saturday! I haven’t dance that much since Rick Wilhite kicked my ass in Detroit a few weeks back. DJ Nav set the vibe just right with a quality early set, then Aakmael delivered the goods with a solid 4 hour set of proper house music, with our very own Katrina Mir taking things up a notch keeping us grooving until sunrise with a seriously banging set. Always a good time with at Late Night Mischief! Huge thanks to the Sticky Fingers Collective & Team Zapata for inviting Katrina Mir to play, and for being such amazing hosts. Can’t wait until the next one.

You can catch Katrina Mir alongside me, Andy Grant and Ramirez on Episode #51 of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio this Friday June 28 at 10pm ET. Tune in for another quality show featuring quality underground house music served up fresh from the wax. We’ll be putting the brand new Technics 1200 Mk7 turntables through their paces for the first time on Saturdays show. Can’t wait to take them for a spin!

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: http://bit.ly/UQ-Live
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1397695390413518/

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Another quality line up of events this weekend in and around the District. Playlist with Jubilee and Ramirez is the best way to kick off your weekend with quality house music on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, then on Friday, after listening to the DC House Grooves Show to get you in the mood, I recommend Sequence.820_Headless Horseman, where the Sequence crew will be rocking a new two room spot with an amazing line up including Headless Horseman live, Jacq Jill, Juana and Damon Bradley in the main room, and Theta Flux live, Ben Jenkins and Associate in the Isolated Paradise ambient room. Advance tickets are recommended, but tickets are available on the door with RSVP.

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1270621
RSVP: http://bit.ly/SQ820RSVP
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/874372652911878/

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Plenty of great choices for Saturday night. If you’re in the U Street area, I recommend checking out Symmetrical‘s Fractal Love 3 party at El Techo, which runs from 12pm to 1.30am with an amazing line up of locals to keep you grooving all afternoon and into the night. Looks like a lot of fun!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/344223919629043/

fractal love 3 at el techo

Sunday brings another edition of Sunday Love at Flash with Acid Pauli and a long list of locals, then on Sunday night all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, Smudge and Good Buddies with Feroun and Philco.

ESL Sunday with Sam Burns and Good Buddies with Feroun and Philco

See below for my full list of DC House Grooves Top Picks, Thursday through Sunday. Make sure you tune into the DC House Grooves Show Episode #051 on Saturday at 10pm, and check back here next week for a very special July 4 holiday edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks, celebrating 5 years of weekly posts featuring all the best underground house music and techno events in and around Washington DC.

Thursday June 27

playlist with jubilee and ramirez at esl
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the deep state at studio ga ga
Contact with Pleasurekraft at Flash
Deep Tech Residents at Zeba Bar
preview happy hour with christauff and john mfd

Friday June 28

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sequence headless horseman live jacq jill juana damon bradley
district inferno with samantha francesca marko peli john john
Visions with Tini, Alexandra and KaylaSoul
mazi and friends at el techo
dj bisket discuji at wild days
blush with keenan orr
Blush with Keenan Orr at Green Lantern
moco boogie with kenny m
WTF?! with Kochi
otter happy hour with tommy cornelis
ESL Fridays with DJ Lovegrove
we 2 techno u at studio ga ga

Saturday June 29

fractal love 3 at el techo
John Acquaviva with Simon at Flash
melvo baptiste and will eastman at backbar
nuff respect at the grand duchess
underground experience festival

Sunday June 30

good buddies with feroun and philco at esl
ESL Sunday with Sam Burns and Good Buddies with Feroun and Philco
Sunday Love with Acid Pauli
hearts collective at el techo
dc record fair at eaton dc

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Techno Events in Washington DC May 16 to May 19

As I sit down to write this week’s post, I’ve still got a huge grin on my face after last weekend. It was a dream come true to host my friend and mentor, Underground Quality label boss DJ Jus-ed in the DC House Grooves studio as our special guest on the DC House Grooves Show! Huge thanks to Jus-ed for fighting through the jet lag to guest on the show. Having rushed straight to the airport on hardly any sleep after playing Djoon in Paris on Friday, he stepped up to the decks on the DC House Grooves Show just a few hours after landing a Dulles, serving up a fantastic set featuring new and unreleased heat on Underground Quality and EDJ Records, including more than a few from the brand new Always Changing EP by Ed & Jen, available now from the Underground Quality website. If you missed the show, check it out below on YouTube or SoundCloud. Then on Sunday, after a good night’s rest, Jus-Ed schooled us at Sunday’s Rooftop on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge. An amazing end to a wonderful weekend!

The DC House Grooves Show is back with episode #49 on Saturday June 1 with our regular line up featuring me, Andy Grant, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. We’ll be freshly inspired from our trip to Detroit over Memorial Day weekend, and no doubt we’ll be armed with fresh new wax. We’ll also be giving away copies of Jus-ed‘s latest release on Underground Quality, the Jus Me EP. Click Going on the event page, and look out for further details closer to the time.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/245127783020817/

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On to this weekend, and I’ll be holding down the Flash Bar this Saturday with my brother from another mother DJ Kochi, bringing the Vibe open to close. It’s been a minute since I’ve thrown down with Kochi, so I’m really looking forward to this one. As always, the line up at Flash on Saturday is ridiculous, with king of samples Matthew Herbert and Solomon Sanchez on the club level and Ozelot Ltd, Throe and Taiga in the Green Room. Of course, if you don’t want to go upstairs, you can hang with us in the bar for free!

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1229560
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2400953989915190/

matthew herbert at flash

So what else is happening this weekend? Well Thursday night, techno lovers are in for a treat at U Street Music Hall as Charlotte De Witte and local hero Juana team up to destroy the dance floor. House heads should head directly to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez. Always the best spot for quality house vibes on Thursdays.

Friday night, the right choice for the heads is SEQUENCE with Wata Igarashi, Rhyw, Ron Jackson & Furtive. Hosted in a brand new location with Grand Ancestor sound, you know this one’s going to take you to a new dimension, and hopefully back again safe and sound by sunrise. $20 tickets are still available if you move fast. Not one you want to miss!

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1251377
RSVP for address: http://bit.ly/SQ654RSVP
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/393042551531623/

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Saturday night, the much hyped Boiler Room rolls into town on their North American tour, and they’ve teamed up with ROAM to deliver an amazing line up featuring Discwoman‘s DJ Haram & Ariel Zetina alongside local rising stars Lisa Frank, Jacq Jill & Jett Chandon and hosted by Deep Sugar‘s Lisa Moody at a warehouse location powered by Grand Ancestor sound. If this sounds like your cup of tea, then I hope you’ve already secured a ticket, and this event is complete SOLD OUT. Your only chance of grabbing a ticket at this point is keeping an eye on the RA Resale queue. Of course, you can always watch the proceedings on the Interwebs, so all is not lost!

Boiler Room DC ticket resale queue: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1254230
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2227662544165960/

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Disco lovers, consider heading to Eighteenth Street Lounge on Saturday to catch my old college pal, Secret Squirrels & Disco Deviance maestro Dicky Trisco throwing down open to close on the patio. Dicky always gets things moving on the dance floor! And if Dicky Trisco isn’t enough for you, in the Gold Room you can catch Green Shirt Guy himself, Conscious Contact doing what he does best.

ESL Saturday Dicky Trisco

Sunday’s highlights include Sunday Love at Flash during the day time, then Sam BurnsUnderground Soul Solution and Good Buddies at Eighteenth Street Lounge in the evening. Everything you need to keep you dancing through to the early hours of Monday morning.

Here’s my full list of DC House Grooves Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. You know the drill by now; Facebook users can click the link at the top of each section to see a list of event pages. For the rest of you, Google is your friend if you need more info. Hope to see some of you in the Flash Bar on Saturday night!

DC House Grooves Top Picks Thursday May 16

playlist with jubilee and ramirez
ESL Thursday
Headroom may
charlotte de witte at u hall
deep tech residents at zeba
Deep Tech Residents Night at Zeba Bar
preview happy hour

DC House Grooves Top Picks Friday May 17

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sit navbox jus nowhere at flash
socoba happy hour fundraiser
sleaze hannah holland
nkc djoser at studio ga ga
adrian loving and friends at el techo
4 hours of funk dj diaspora
caspian raha wala

DC House Grooves Top Picks Saturday May 18

matthew herbert at flash
boiler room dc roam
ESL Saturday Dicky Trisco
reflections jandro trevski
egoless live
district inferno

DC House Grooves Top Picks Sunday May 19

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good buddies
ESL Sunday Good Buddies

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Techno Events in Washington DC April 4 to April 7

Another amazing, action packed weekend on the dance floor right here in the District of Corruption, and DC House Grooves has the low down on all the good shit. The highlight for this week is Friday night’s jam at the Darkroom in Baltimore featuring two of my favorites all the way from Detroit, Tag aka Scott Grooves and Norm Talley, with support from Feroun and Benoit, brought to you by Kowli Records and Deep Secrets. This one is going to be really special, and to celebrate, DC House Grooves has the super special Uncle Benny discount for you. Use the link below to buy your tickets to get massive 20% discount off advance tickets. That’s one serious discount off the party to be at this weekend! It’s a BYOB joint, the needle drops at 11pm and you’ll be dancing until sunrise. Don’t sleep on this one, people!

20% discount off TAG aka Scott Grooves & Norm Talley at Darkroom, Baltimore


If you can’t make the trip to Baltimore this Friday, then head to Focus at Flash for another incredible Friday night line up featuring the very best of techno, house and bougie / funk / soul / electro. On the main floor, catch The Advent aka G Flame with support from local hero, Technofist‘s Damon Bradley. In the Green Room, former Beats Maneuver headliner Gigi Testa brings the very best of house and disco ably supported by DC House Grooves show resident Ramirez, while in the bar, Trev-ski is joined by Haz & Cam-Run for another edition of Modern Class. An epic line up that’s not to be missed! Advance tickets are just $12, so grab yours now!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/256175348611069/

Before I get into the full list for this weekend, here’s the recording of Saturday night’s DC House Grooves Show #045 on Underground Quality Radiofeaturing me, Andy Grant, and Katrina Mir. Sadly Ramirez couldn’t join us for this one, and we ended up going deeper, dubbier and techier than usual. Seems to be the direction we end up going when Katrina and I go B2B. Check it out below either on SoundCloud or YouTube. We’ll back back with DC House Grooves Show Episode #046 on Saturday April 13 at 10pm. Mark it in your calendars and tune in for the very best in underground vibes served up fresh from the wax.

Other highlights for this weekend include Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Sleaze‘s second anniversary at Wonderland on Thursday, then on Saturday, the Sequence crew are at it again with a serious line up including Umfang, Akua & Juana (Discwoman) and Furtive. Sequence events are always on point, and they pretty much always sell out, so if you’re thinking of going, don’t waste time; grab your tickets now! They’re on the final release tier, and there won’t be any tickets on the door, so now is your chance. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! It’s a BYOB joint, so make sure you bring what you need with you.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/317331898969207/
Tix: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1238176

Plenty of great choices on Sunday, with Sunday Love featuring Madmotormique, Daniel Cowel and Marko Peli and the new Love Bazaar on the main floor, and at Eighteenth Street Lounge, Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, Smudge and Hold Tight with Admin and Martín Miguel, but for the true house heads, the place to be this Sunday is Baltimore for the pop up party featuring the legendary Master at Work himself, Louie Vega along with Teddy Douglas and DJ Spen. Tickets are just $20.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2663586930325050/
Tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nervous-records-basement-boys-productions-present-louie-vega-tickets-59547487137

Ok, here’s my full list of Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Facebook users can click the link at the top of each section to see the list of event pages over on Facebook. Have an amazing time this weekend, and make sure you come back next week for news on all the best underground house and techno events in and around Washington DC. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks Thursday April 4

DC House Grooves Top Picks Friday April 5

DC House Grooves Top Picks Saturday April 6

DC House Grooves Top Picks Sunday April 7

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