Before getting into it this week, I want to give a big shout out to the students in Professor Molk’s The Art of DJing course at Georgetown University, who I had the privilege of delivering a lecture to this past Monday. While I had hoped to give a demonstration of the art of DJing with vinyl, equipment issues got in the way, so, despite my lost voice, I ended up talking for the full allotted time, hopefully imparting some of the wisdom I’ve gained on the art of DJing along the way. I had some well thought out questions thrown my way during the Q & A, and on the whole it was a very rewarding experience. I hope to see you guys out and about soon! Huge thanks to Professor Molk for inviting me.
OK, heads up: next Saturday, February 24, a couple of DC’s finest warehouse party crews are back, so make sure you choose wisely and grab your advanced tickets now. First up, Sequence returns with Sequence.209 featuring Henning Baer, Faso, Theta Flux, Juana & Ron Jackson and the other star of the show, the Grand Ancestor sound system. Tickets have been flying off the shelf for this one, but if you move fast, $16 second release tickets are still up for grabs.
Next Saturday also sees the welcome return of ROAM, kicking off their 2018 season with ROAM XV featuring heavy hitters Anthony Parasole, Ariel Zetina, DJ Lisa Frank and new ROAM residents Rush Plus & Jett Chandon at an undisclosed warehouse location. Tickets have been flying off the shelf for this one, too, but you can still grab $20 second release tix over on Resident Advisor.
Don’t even ask me to make a recommendation as to which one to go to. Both offer spectacular line ups, both are legit party crews with track records of throwing quality events, sound and crowd will be on point, you really can’t go wrong. It’s a testament to the healthy scene we’ve got going on here in this city that we have two events of this caliber happening the same night. Long may it continue!
Enough about next weekend… DC’s got some great events lined up for us today through Sunday. Highlights this weekend include Uncle Benny’s After Hours Express on Friday, featuring none other than Sistrum Recordings‘ Patrice Scott and support from Samantha Francesca & Benoit, and using the link below, you can get 20% off your advanced tickets. Make sure you grab ’em quick… the only way to guarantee entry. Info and tix using the link below.
Saturday night, we’ll be kicking off the night with another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio. Tune in to start your night off with the right vibe! Then, out on the town, I highly recommend The NeedlExchange with Sticky Fingers Collective at Zeba Bar, followed by another edition of Late Night Mischief, Early Morning Love with local legend DJ Nav, birthday girl DJ Meegs and Team Zapata all werkin’ that amazing Grand Ancestor sound system from the best booth in town. $10 door tax until 2am, $20 after.
Sunday evening, Katrina Mir and I will be opening up proceedings at Public Bar for Sounds of the UK featuring Denney B2B Second City. We’ll be kicking off the night from 8pm, followed by a set from Oliver Caine, then Denney and Second City will close out the night. No work on Monday, so you can have a guilt free Sunday night on the dance floor! Hope to see some familiar faces on the dance floor as we kick things off for the night. It’s free before 9pm, so no excuses! After that it’s $10, then $15 later on in the night.
One last thing before the full list of Top Picks for this week, episode #66 of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast from a fixture on the Washington DC scene for many years, Rhythm & Culture label boss Thomas Blondet. This one’s a beautiful soulful house joint, so get ready for the feels.
You can catch Thomas Blondet next at his residency on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Saturday February 24.
Without further ado, here’s the links to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, Thursday through Sunday. You know the drill by now: each link takes you to a search results page over on Facebook listing my Top Picks for each day. Then just click through and mark yourself Going to any events you’re interested in. Nice and easy.
Right.. that’s it for this week. I need to get busy ripping tracks from the vinyl for Sunday’s gig. See you back here next week, same time, same place. If I don’t see you out there on the dance floor first, that is!
OK, people. Big weekend coming up! This Friday and Saturday I’ll be out celebrating my birthday, and I couldn’t have picked a better weekend for it. On Friday night, I’ll be opening up the main room at Flash for Navbox and Sonja Moonear, and I heartily encourage you to join us. Sonja’s set at Resolute in Detroit last year really inspired me, and I can’t wait to hear what she’s got in store for us this Friday. I’m looking forward to setting the vibe just right; all I need is a few early dance floor soldiers to help me get things going. To make it easy for you, Flash are offering free entry before midnight with RSVP. Just head over to the Flash Life group and click the link, fill out the form, then arrive at Flash before midnight on Friday. I recommend getting there even earlier to catch me getting weird warming up the Funktion Ones. Friday night at Flash also features local favorites Jackson Ryland and Jus Nowhere housing it up open to close in the Green Room, while down in the bar, Select DC features Soren Roi, Dylan Cameron and Video Blue. Serious quality across all three floors. Make sure you RSVP over at Flash Life for free entry before midnight!
On Saturday night, my birthday celebrations continue at Be What You Feel with Youandewan, Fred Everything, Reggie Dokes, Team Zapata & Hot Coffee, and word has it a few more scene regulars will also be celebrating their birthdays. A dark warehouse, the Prescription sound system, and not one, not two, but three headliners with support from scene stalwarts Team Zapata and Hot Coffee, this one is not to be missed! DC House Grooves is running a free ticket giveaway, so for a chance to win a pair of FREE tickets, just fill out this form for a chance to win. Please make sure you enter your real name and a valid email address. We’ll need your email to let you know you’ve won, and you’ll need to show your ID to claim your prize. We’ll pick the lucky winner at 5pm on the day of the event.
I plan on winding down my birthday celebrations on Sunday back at Flash for Sunday Love: with Alex & Digby, Navbox, Mazi R & Throe. I couldn’t think of a better place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon than on the rooftop. Looking at the weather, we might need a light jacket, but I get the feeling there’s going to be some serious heat on that rooftop!
Before I get into this week’s full listings, news about a few upcoming parties right here in the District. Next weekend, on Friday May 12, Flash debut’s their new warehouse experience Flash Off, featuring Magda, Mike Servito and Onur Özer. That much you already know. Well this week Flash announced the local support, and it’s a smoking hot list of local techno talent featuring Flash‘s very own Navbox, Jubilee, Oliver Caine, Rush Plus and Juana. Throw in an immersive four point Funktion One sound system and visuals by Oktaform, and you’ve got all the ingredients for an amazing sensory experience! First release advanced tickets are still available for $25. Move fast before the price goes up! Sadly, I won’t be able to make it next weekend, but would love it if someone could review it for DC House Grooves. If you’re interested, please let me know!
Also coming up in a couple of weeks on Sunday May 21 is the next edition of everyone’s favorite Sunday afternoon jam Daytime Discotèque featuring none other than the godfather of wonky house himself, Fritz Wentink, with Jus Nowhere, Zamkov and Hot Coffee on supporting duties. Early birds for this one sold out in under four hours, and I’ve got a feeling this one will sell out in record time, so if you know what’s good for you, grab your $15 advanced tickets before the price goes up.
One last thing before we get back into the rest of the good stuff for this weekend: it’s Meet the Locals Podcast time! Episode 49 of the Meet the Locals Podcast is a quality mix of deep groovers from a regular on the underground party circuit here in Washington DC, Sticky Fingers Collective’s Samantha Francesca. In her own words: “This mix features some of my favorite tracks, new and old, from artists including Alex Seidel, DJ Rasoul, Folamour,Nacey, Archie Hamilton, Liam Geddes, Jus Nowhere and more”. You can catch Samantha Francesca next at Sunday Love with Omar S at Flash on May 14, then at Good Buddies featuring the Sticky Fingers Collective at Halcyon NYC on May 30.
So, what about this weekend? Worthy of a big mention on Saturday is The Funk Parade 2017, which takes over the U Street corridor Saturday afternoon with live bands and DJs across a whole bunch of stages. I’m the first to admit that I don’t know enough about the Funk Parade or the many acts performing to do it justice, so I encourage you to take a look at the full line up below, and head over to the Funk Parade Facebook Page to learn more.
As I mentioned last week, this weekend brings the first Soundwaves Boat Party of the season, with Jubilee & Taiga at the controls as you cruise down the Potomac with a likeminded crowd of heads. If you’re thinking of going, grab your tickets ASAP. Some $25 second release tickets still remain, but these will be gone soon, and it will be a sell out long before the boat sets sail on Sunday afternoon.
Here are the full listings for this weekend, including my top picks for the best underground house and electronic music Thursday through Sunday, plus everything else on my radar. Come back next week for your weekly guide to what’s good on the dance floors of Washington DC and beyond.