Huge thanks to everyone who came out last Friday to kick off my birthday celebrations with me and Katrina Mir at Jimmy Valentine’s. I really appreciate you all making the effort! I, for one, had an amazing time playing records and shuffling around the dance floor 🙂 We’ll be celebrating my birthday in earnest this Thursday night May 2, when I’ll be joining Jubilee and Ramirez behind the decks at Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Packing some amazing tunes, it’s going to be a beautiful evening, so let’s have some fun on the patio! Hoping to see some DC House Grooves readers on the dance floor.
Just a quick post this week, as I need to get all my music organized for tomorrow. Lots of great stuff happening this week at all the usual spots, Eddie C at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Saturday being the highlight, plus a whole load of cool happenings around Catharsis on the Mall. If you’re up for something different, head over to the National Mall and check it out. I’m not particularly in the know about Catharsis, but between Hearts Collective at the Asgard Dome and Sunset and Chill at Catharsis on the Mall amongst other things, looks like there’s plenty to keep you grooving.
Before I get to this week’s listings, here’s a great little slice of after hours acid, techno, house & breaks from our very own Katrina Mir. Something to listen to as you plan your weekend dance floor strategy.
Here’s this week’s listings, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events on my radar in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Facebook users can click the link at the top of each section to view the list of event pages for each day. Hope to see you at Eighteenth Street Lounge Thursday night, and make sure you check back next week for info on all the best underground house and electronic music events in DC over the weekend.
Welcome back to another edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks. Kicking off this week’s edition with a heads up on a couple of events to put in your calendar in the coming weeks. May 10 kicks off the inaugural event of Sprüdel, a new warehouse event curated by Arthur Kimskii and crew. The first event features Vincent Neumann, Juana B2B Arthur Kimskii, and local favorites Rush Plus for what’s sure to be a night of solid tunes and good vibes. The event is described as “…a gathering for all the fun loving freaks, artists, dancers, office workers with secret kinks and everyone in between that needs a fun night on the dance floor. Come play with us.” If that doesn’t entice you through the door, I don’t know what will! Super early bird tickets are already gone to those in the know, but you can still pick up $15 early birds if you move fast.
Another one to put in your calendar is Boiler Room Washington DC: ROAM Warehouse Party on May 18, although if you haven’t grabbed your ticket already, you’ll need to be on the case. Despite the line up not yet being announced, the good ravers of DC couldn’t resist the calling to be seen shuffling behind a well known DJ in the Internet, so the initial release of tickets sold out quickly. 100 more tickets will be released on May 1 at 12pm sharp, and once those are gone, that’s it, no Boiler Room DC for you. Your best bet to make sure you secure a ticket is to sign up for the ROAM Email Listto get a reminder before those tickets go on sale. It’s the place to be seen on May 18, don’t get left out in the cold!
So what about this weekend? Plenty of great events, as usual. I’ll be kicking off my celebrations of 48 rotations around the sun this Friday at Reflectionswith Katrina Mir and Andy Grant at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. We’ll be packing several record bags full of heat, playing B2B all vinyl open to close, and it would be just wonderful if you could join us on the dance floor for what’s sure to be a super fun evening filling with nothing but good vibes all the way. No cover, cheap dranks, Martin Audio sound system, and best of all, WE’RE CELEBRATING MY BIRTHDAY! Everything you could ask for in a quality night out on the dance floor. I hope to see you there, although if you can’t make it Friday, mark next Thursday May 2 on your calendar, as I’ll be continuing my birthday celebrations joining Jubilee & Ramirez behind the decks at Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge.
On Saturday, we’ll be recovering from a night behind the decks at Jimmys with a night behind the decks on home turf at DC House Grooves HQ, broadcasting episode #047 of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with me, Katrina Mir and Ramirez. The needle drops at 10pm ET, and by now you know what to expect; quality underground vibes, the right soundtrack to your Saturday night. Audio only stream at Underground Quality, video stream on the Underground Quality Live YouTube channel.
Other highlights this week include Playlist with Jubilee and Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge plus Article004: The Long Count Cycle at U Street Music Hall and Dax J at Flash on Thursday, then on Saturday you can catch Vatican Shadow in a church with the ROAM crew, chillax on the dance floor at the Cloudwatch 25 year anniversary at Dark Room, Baltimore or get into a spot of fire dancing at the first Sunset & Chill of the season featuring Fort Knox 5 at Olde City Farm & Garden.
Sunday afternoon, do not pass Go, do not collect $200, head directly to Flash for Sunday Love with new jersey house legend Tony Humphries with local support from Heather Femia, Mazi and DJ Soul. An incredible Sunday Love line up in the Green Room, and with the Love Bazaar Marketplace on the club level, you’ve got all the ingredients for an amazing Sunday evening. Pro tip: don’t pay door prices, grab your tix in advance for $12.
Sunday night, head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns’ weekly Underground Soul Solution and the next edition of Sundays Rooftop with Detroit OG Allan Ester and Benoit. The perfect way to wrap up your weekend on the dance floor.
See below for all my Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Facebook users can click the title for each section to view the list of event pages over on Facebook. For the rest of you, Google is your friend. See you on the dance floor, and of course, right here, same time, same place, next week.
It’s shaping up to be another fine weekend on the dance floor here in Washington DC, and again DC House Grooves is here for you with info on all the best underground house and techno events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See below for event flyers for all the good stuff, and Facebook users can click the link at the top of each section to see the list of event pages for each day.
You catch a slice of DC House Grooves this Friday night at everyone’s favorite speakeasy, Allegory at Eaton, with Katrina Mir at the controls 10pm to close. Get there early, as it fills up fast! Come hang out for a few drinks as Katrina provides the a quality soundtrack.
For a taste of what to expect, check out KatrinaMir opening up last Saturday’s episode of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio. SoundCloud and YouTube streams below.
Other great options this weekend include Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, the Yoyaku showcase with Varhat & Janeret at Flash on Friday, then on Saturday Will Eastman‘s Breathe album launch party at U Street Music Hall, Focus with Anna at Flash and Deep Sugar‘s Space Odyssey costume ball with Ultra Naté and The Basement Boys at Factory 17 in Baltimore are all great choices. On Sunday, Flash kicks off a new season of Sunday Love with Viken Armen, and Eighteenth Street Lounge hosts Sam Burns‘ weekly residency and Hold Tight with Thatmanmonkz and Martín Miguel. All great options, and plenty more to choose from in the list below.
Come back next week for another super solid list of all the best underground events in and around the District, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!
Good times at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club on Saturday at Reflections with Jandro, Mark in the Dark, me and Mazi R! It’s the first time I’ve been back at . Jimmy’s since they upgraded the previously not all that sound system to an incredible Martin Audio sound system, expanding the dance floor in the process. The new sound system is amazing! I really enjoyed putting it through it’s paces, and all the DJs on the line up really made it sing. The turnout to celebrate Mazi‘s birthday was amazing, making for a truly memorable Saturday night on the dance floor. Huge thanks to Jandro for putting it all together and inviting me to play. I can see myself being back at Jimmy Valentine’s in the very near future. As soon as this Saturday, in fact, as Kochi‘s new party Balance takes over, featuring another serious all local lineup: Kochi, Ramirez, Meegs and live vocals from the incredibly talented Candice Mills. As soon as we’re done with Saturday night’s DC House Grooves Show with Andy Grant, Ramirez and Katrina Mir on Underground Quality Radio, we’ll be hitting the road and heading to Jimmy’s! I highly recommend you do the same…after listening to theDC House Grooves Show, or course 🙂
So what else is going on this weekend? Quite a bit, as it happens! As always, you’ll find full listings below of all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC, including all the DC House Grooves Top Picks. When you see the Top Pick badge, you know it’s a good one! You can catch me behind the decks with Taiga at Regrets Only Vol. 28 at Ten Tigers Parlour Thursday night. I’m excited and honored to be invited to play Regrets Only, and I can’t wait to give the Ten Tigers sound system a good work out. As always, I’m bursting with amazing underground sounds to share with you, so join me and Taiga at Ten Tigers on Thursday night, and let’s make some bad decisions together on a school night! I’ll also have plenty of DC House Grooves Top Pick stickers with me, so make sure you ask me for some.
As mentioned previously, on Saturday night I’ll be joining Ramirez and Katrina Mir at 10pm for episode #3 of the DC House Grooves Show on Jus-Ed‘s Underground Quality Radio, then heading up to Balance with Kochi, Ramirez, Meegs and Candice Mills. Then on Sunday I’ll be heading up to Sunday Love at Flash for OG Tony Humphries, with support from an all-star local line up featuring Sam ‘The Man’ Burns, Chris Burns & Sleepy G. I’ve been a huge fan on Tony Humphries since I first heard him at his residency at Ministry of Sound in London back in the early 90s, and his Ministry of Sound Sessions Volume One mix had a huge influence on me. Just the thought of hearing him in the Green Room on the Flash rooftop on a sunny Sunday afternoon surrounded by friends gives me goosebumps. My tickets are bought, and I’m ready to go! While it is no cover before 4pm, I strongly recommend picking up advanced tickets to guarantee entry if you plan on arriving later. Sunday Love parties have been proving really popular, and I’m confident with this line up it will sell out. Why risk it? First release tickets are only $8, available from Ticketfly.
A couple of mixes for you before I get into this week’s listings. First up is the latest DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast featuring the welcome return of Symmetrical. You can catch Symmetrical this Saturday in Baltimore at Sentient Lighting’s Summer Jam 2017 with DJ Dan, Nigel Richards, Wayne Davis, Tzeech, Malphunktion, Hogan & Obscure & Symmetrical.
Another great mix is the inaugural edition of The Buddy SystemPodcast from the Good Buddiesteam featuring DC stalwart Ozker. A solid hour of quality grooves from one of DC’s finest. Make sure you follow Good Buddies on SoundCloud to make sure you catch all the future The Buddy System mixes.
Time for this week’s listings! Here are all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around DC Thursday through Sunday. Look out for the DC House Grooves Top Pick logo. Your sign of a good time! I’ll be back same time, same place next week for the three year anniversary edition of the DC House Grooves Weekend Round Up! See you on the dance floor.
Thursday June 22
Regrets Only with Andy Grant and Taiga at Ten Tigers Parlour