DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC July 5 to July 8

Just got back from a few hours at the 628 Boys x ROAM Daytime BBQ, chilling to sets from Grand Ancestor‘s Yola and Hot Coffee delivered on the impeccable Grand Ancestor system, with Juan Zapata working the grill like he werks a set of decks. A perfect way to spend the afternoon this fine July 4, but I had to leave before I got too comfortable! Would have been all too easy to stay there late into the night, but sadly had to tear myself away to go get stuff done. After all, these posts don’t write themselves! Thanks to everyone who braved the heat last Sunday to join us on the rooftop at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver with Yuko Jikido! It wasn’t the best turn out we’ve had, but that makes us appreciate those who did show up all the more! You guys rock. Yuko really delivered the goods, and those who were there really made the most of it on the dance floor! Huge props also to RamirezKatrina Mir and Joe L for their amazing sets. Katrina in particular deserves a medal for delivering an epic three hour all vinyl set in that heat! Can’t wait until our next Beats Maneuver event on July 15 with Chicago’s DJ Heather and Team Zapata. Shaping up to be the best one yet! Here’s hoping the temperature is just a few degrees lower.

RSVP & Info: Beats Maneuver with DJ Heather & Team Zapata

Look out for the flyer, coming soon! Speaking of Beats Maneuver, here’s my set opening for Miles Maeda at Public Bar on June 17. One of my signature all vinyl sets for getting those feet tappin’ on the dance floor, featuring tracks from the likes of Seafoam, Alton Miller, Inner City, Crakazat, DJ Romain, Mr Fingers, Telfort, Norm Talley, Adesse Versions, Ben Rau, Javontte, Mike Huckaby, Stacy Kidd, LoSoul, Slam and more. Headphones on and press play!

 

Busy weekend coming up for us here at DC House Grooves. Friday night, we’ll be jamming live on the Internets on the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality. Myself,  Katrina Mir and Ramirez throwing down the very best in underground house music for a few hours, kicking off at 10pm ET.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/188184328701713/

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On Saturday night we’ll be hosting part 2 of our DC House Grooves 4 Year Anniversary celebrations in the Flash Bar, throwing back a few drinks and spinning a few records to commemorate 4 years of weekly DC House Grooves Top Picks posts, just one part of an incredible Saturday lineup at Flash, including Giles Smith and James Priestly  from  Secretsundaze on the club level, and Benoit and a very special guest in the Green Room. If you read DC House Grooves on the regular, if you’ve ever connected with your dance floor through these posts, stop by for a drink and a dance with us as Flash on Saturday. There’s no cover for the bar, just walk right in and start grooving! Make sure you stop by the booth and say hi.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1121392
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/207392003407892/

secretsundaze at flash

Then on Sunday, I’ll be joining local DJ heroes Vanniety Kills, Juana (Discwoman) and StrikeStone! for another edition of The House that U Built at DC’s go-to rooftop spot El Techo. Just looking at the image below brings back incredible memories of the . legendary The House that U Built parties at The Brixton and Dirty Bar in years gone by. Captures the vibe perfectly! Surprisingly, this will be my debut at El Techo, and I really can’t wait. The House that U Built is always a good time, and I’m honored to be on the line up. No cover and the food and drinks are top notch.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/720655994992531/

The House that U Built

Many amazing events to choose from this weekend. As usual, I’ve shared everything worth checking out on the DC House Grooves Facebook Page. Just click the handy links below to see the list for each day over on Facebook.

Top Picks Thursday July 5

Top Picks Friday July 6

Top Picks Saturday July 7

Top Picks Sunday July 8

No time to do them all justice, but Pan-Pot with Oliver Caine at Flash  is a great choice for techno this Thursday, and the Sleaze crew are at it at Wonderland again this Thursday with Our Country ‘Tis of Sleaze. Friday night’s line up at Flash looks smoking, too, with Poker Flat‘s Steve Bug supported by Jandro on the club level, Zamkov and Hot Coffee in the Green Room, and Juana and Mike Harvey in the Flash Bar.

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1710921
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/196990841126589/

Of course, if you don’t feel like going out on Friday, you can always tune into the DC House Grooves Show 🙂

Saturday afternoon, I recommend heading over the Anacostia Skate Park for the first  Skate Fever, featuring the finest soul, funk, house, disco and R&B on roller skates, with music from  ChosenDJ SoulDJ OjiH’dm and DJ Housecat. Family friendly, and best of all, it’s free! Our very own Katrina Mir is playing at the nest Skate Fever on July 15, and we can’t wait to check it out this Saturday.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1641720175926847/

skate fever

Saturday night, you’ll be joining us at Flash for our DC House Grooves 4 Year Anniversary celebrations, right? For after hours moves this Saturday, head to everyone’s favorite sweat box for LENG x Club Cuttlefish present Tygapaw & DJ Technics with support from BaronhawkDjoser b2b Benbo and Sleepy G b2b Dj Freez. Quality through and through, all delivered on the epic Grand Ancestor sound system. Bring a fan!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1124044
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/307178853150144/

tygapaw dj technics

Also on Saturday, if you’re visiting us at Flash, make sure you make time to pop into El Techo for Art Lure with SymmetricalCharles Martin and Meszenjah. Quality tunes all afternoon and into the night.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1574560559339572/

art lure

Sunday night after The House that U Built at El Techo, all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns weekly residency, and Sundays’ Rooftop  with  Detroit’s Patrice Scott & resident Benoit. Quality vibes to deliver you into Monday.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1967289099957014/

sundays rooftop patrice scott

That’s it for this week. Hope to see you out and about over the weekend. If you run into me, make sure you say hi. I’ll be back next week, same time, same place, with all the best info on what’s what on the dance floor in Washington DC. See you on the dance floor!

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

Huge thanks to everyone who braved the torrential rain last Sunday to join us on the rooftop at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver with Trinidadian Deep. Sadly, the weather was not in our favor, but we appreciate all you hardy souls who came out despite the rain and threw a few shapes with us on the dance floor. Here’s hoping the sun will shine on the next Beats Maneuver rooftop charity event at Public Bar with Miles MaedaKochi, Andy Grant  and Aaron Sparks on Sunday June 17.  Hope you can join us!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/236700083780910/

beats maneuver miles maeda

On to this weekend, and it’s that time of year when DC celebrates Pride, and by the looks of things it’s going to be a busy weekend! As is tradition, our queer correspondent, The NeedleXchange‘s Tommy Cornelis  has put together an amazing guide to DC Pride 2018, so if you’re in town for Pride, I recommend you check out Tommy‘s guide:

DC House Grooves’ Guide to DC Pride 2018

Below you’ll find my regular DC House Grooves Top Picks post, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC Thursday through Sunday, both regular and Pride events. Before i get into the good stuff happening this weekend, I want to give a special mention to an event Katrina Mir and I are spinning at this weekend, Deep Sugar DC Pride 2018 “La Cage aux Folles” at U Street Music Hall on Saturday, featuring a very special live performance by Dawn Tallman, plus DJ sets from Ultra Naté Lisa MoodyWayne DavisKatrina Mir and I will be kicking off the evening with a B2B DC House Grooves opening set, setting the scene for the evening with some disco numbers to get your feet tapping and put a smile on your face. I hope you can join us! Advanced tickets are just $10, so grab yours now, and we’ll see you on the dance floor. Deep Sugar parties always have an incredible vibe, and this one promises to be one for the books!

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1685043
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/121458198646993/

deep sugar pride 2018

Just one more thing before the links to this week’s pics: a bit of music for you! Here’s the latest edition of Lars Behrenroth‘s Deeper Shades of House show, featuring a guest mix from yours truly. The first hour is Lars’ show, followed by my mix in the second hour. It’s an all vinyl mix featuring tracks from Fred PLoSoulNorm TalleyIron CurtisSon of SoundDJ Jus EdWaajeedDJ Aakmael, Inner SenseFranck Roger and more. I hope you like it!

OK, here’s the links to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, Thursday through Sunday. Click the link for each day to see the list of events.

Top Picks Thursday June 7

Top Picks Friday June 8

Top Picks Saturday June 9

Top Picks Sunday June 10

As for this weekend’s highlights, I recommend you head over to Jimmy Valentine‘s on Thurday for Uptown House Experience with DJ NavJoe LAssociateTrev-ski, which promises a night of fantastic music from a serious bunch of heads!

Uptown house experience

Friday night, we’ll be kicking things off with a rare Friday night edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. Tune in from 10pm ET using the links below.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/225170218287141/

DC House Grooves Show on UQ Radio

Out on the town, I recommend heading to U Street Music Hall for Honey Sound System, Octo Octa & Outputmessage. Line ups don’t get much better than that!

Advanced tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1668953
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1985310398451371/

Or if something more eclectic is more your thing, head to Ten Tigers Parlour for Galaxy with DJ Fleg and Graham Hatke playing the very best funk, disco, boogie, classic hop hop, r&b, afrobeat, house and more on Ten Tigers‘ amazing Martin Audio sound system. This looks like the start of something special!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/373450539834239/

galaxy graham and fleg

On Saturday night, we obviously hope to see you at Deep Sugar at U Street Music Hall, but if you want to get down away from the craziness of U Street on Pride weekend, I recommend Deeper with District Soul at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, which sees the legendary Johnson Lee dust off his headphones and get back into the DJ game, with the capable assistance of DJ Stereophonik, reminiscing to the halcyon days of the District Soul forums, once a thriving online hub of the Washington DC house music scene, where like minded individuals hung out, harmoniously discussing their shared love of house music. Those who were there know what I’m talking about 😉 There won’t be a microwave DJ in sight this Saturday at Jimmy’s, and with no cover, the price is right!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/138931613635664/

deeper jimmys

For proper queer Pride afters action on Saturday, all roads lead to TNX Presents Local Motion, featuring an all star line up of local LGBTQ DJs: The NeedleXchange residents Bil ToddTommy CornelisBaronhawk DJ Lisa Frank, an epic pairing of two of our favorites StrikeStone! B2B Vanniety KillsAlex DB B2B Wolfblister, plus live performances from Salvadora DaliMajic Dyke, all delivered over a banging sound system courtesy of the Zapata Brothers. Advanced tickets highly recommended, only $15 over on Resident Advisor.

Advanced Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1109849
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/377783022740954/

TNX Pride local motion

On Sunday, I recommend you close out the weekend at Eighteenth Street Lounge for  Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, Smudge in the main room, and Sunday Rooftop out on the patio with BenoitMiss I, coming in all the way from Romania.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/461945304236084/

sundays rooftop miss i benoit

Whew! That’s all I’ve got time for this weekend. Too many amazing events, and not enough time to do them all justice. I hope between Tommy‘s DC Pride 2018 post and my post right here, we’ve given you enough ideas to keep you grooving through the weekend. I’ll be back next week with another edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC May 17 to May 20

Kicking things off this week with a free ticket giveaway! On Saturday night, the ROAM crew celebrate their 17th event with perhaps their biggest one yet, with headliners Objekt, the mighty Helena Hauff and friend of the family, TV Lounge resident and all round great DJ Loren, supported by residents DJ Lisa FrankJett Chandon and Rush Plus. Throw in proper sound and a serious warehouse location, and you’ve got all the ingredients for an amazing night on the dance floor.  DC House Grooves has partnered with the ROAM crew to give away a pair of tickets worth $50 to one lucky winner. Just click the link below, fill out the form, and we’ll pick a winner at random on Saturday afternoon. Please make sure you enter your real full name and email address, as we’ll be contacting the winner by email, and you will need to show your ID on entry to receive your prize.

I want to win 2 free tickets to ROAM XVII with Objekt, Helena Hauff & Loren!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1999247396991056/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1087673

ROAM XVII

Ok, before I get into news about everything else this weekend, something to look forward to on Memorial Day weekend. I know many of you will be heading to Detroit for Movement Festival and all the associated shenanigans, but for those of you sticking around here in DC, how does 13 hours dancing in the sunshine with a line up of top house DJs on one of the best rooftops in town sound? Our new summer rooftop party series in association with Roots & Spirits and VibeBeats Maneuver, kicks off on Sunday May 27 with headliner Gigi Testa and local support from KayLaSoulAndrew Hogans, plus Beats Maneuver  residents RamirezKochi, myself (Andy Grant) and Katrina Mir. Quality house music, open to close! Advanced tickets are on sale now over on Resident Advisor, with a limited number of $5 early birds if you move fast. Please support this inaugural event, and help us set the stage for a fun summer on the rooftop! We’ll be bringing  some serious international and local talent to the Public Bar rooftop in the coming months, so join us at the start of something special!

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1109961
Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1929027980454354/

Beats Maneuver Gigi Testa

No Meet the Locals Podcast this week, so for this week’s mix I’ve got the recording of the one year anniversary of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio  with me, Katrina Mir Ramirez, recorded at DC House Grooves HQ this past Saturday. If you want to hear what Beats Maneuver is all about, then check out this show by three of it’s residents. Quality underground house music all the way!

OK here are my DC House Grooves Top Picks for this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link to see a list of all the good stuff for each day.

Top Picks Thursday May 17

Top Picks Friday May 18

Top Picks Saturday May 19

Top Picks Sunday May 20

So much good stuff in there, it’s going to be tough to choose! Thursday night kicks off with the latest edition of Chadwick‘s Headroom Listening Sessions at Flash, where you can hear the latest productions from DC’s many talented producers showcased on  Flash‘s  Funktion One sound system. If you’re an aspiring producer yourself, it’s a great way to network with other local producers, and if you’re not, it’s a great way to hear amazing new tracks, hot off the press. Four tracks premiered at HEADROOM recently have charted on Beatport, including one that reach #1 in the techno chart and #4 in the sales chart, so get yourself down there to hear what’s going to be putting DC on the map in the coming months!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1989495364707517/

headroom listening sessions

In terms of other highlights this weekend, Playlist with  Jubilee Ramirez  at Eighteenth Street Lounge is always a great bet for Thursday nights, then on Friday there’s so much to choose from, I don’t know where to start. At Flash, the man, the legend Danny Tenaglia makes his Flash debut with support from Navbox. It’s gonna be a packed house, make no mistake, so be sure you pick up advanced tickets if you want to reserve your spot on the dance floor. If proper techno in a warehouse with a banging sound system is more your cup o’tea, then put Sequence.313_DJ Stingray on your itinerary. The Sequence crew have assembled another incredible line up, featuring DJ StingrayAurora Halal, local hero & Discwoman member JuanaTheta FluxAssociate. This one’s an official Movement Festival pre-party, and with sound by Grand Ancestor, you know you’re gonna feel it!

Info & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/611832415818822/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1072594

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Saturday night, all roads lead to ROAM XVII, but before that, I recommend hitting up either DeWalta with Jubilee at FlashThe NeedleXchange: 5 Years Wrong with Clark Price at Zeba Bar or An Evening with DJs LoveGrove, J Mack, & Guillermo Giraldo at Jimmy Valentine’s. All fantastic options to get yourself warmed up for the warehouse.

dewalta jubilee

On Sunday, another edition of Sunday Love at Flash brings Martin Buttrich to the rooftop, with support from Sarah MyersJubileeConscious Contact, while over at El TechoSticky Fingers‘ Hot Coffee joins TNX‘s Bil Todd for an afternoon of sunny underground grooves. As always, Eighteenth Street Lounge should be your final destination to close out the weekend, with Sam BurnsKeenan Orr and another edition of Sundays Rooftop with Francis Harris and Benoit.

sundays rooftop

That’s it for this week. I’ll be back, same time, same place next week with news on all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC April 26 to April 29

Kicking off this week’s post with news of an exciting new event at Flash this Sunday,  Fathom presents Abstract x Sunday Love. Combining the very best of art and music, this promises to be a unique experience that you won’t want to miss. Featuring artists SJ Ewing and Robin Bell, and music from Sébastien LégerJon SwinkPhilip GoyetteJandroM_KMr. Daywalker and Rafael SmithAbstract Number One takes Movement as its theme, aiming to blur the boundaries between the performances and reality. Sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! DC House Grooves has partnered with Fathom to bring you a 15% discount off advanced tickets. No time like the present… grab yours now!

15% discount off Abstract x Sunday Love
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393028327470025/

abstract x sunday love

Last week I mentioned that I was hoping to bring you episode #69 of the Meet the Locals Podcast this week, and the good news is, here it is! Episode #69 features a fixture on the queer underground music scene here in DC, StrikeStone! This one takes you on quite a journey, kicking things off with sleazy slow jams, teasing you on to the dance floor, then really letting loose with the high energy groovers. You can catch StrikeStone! this Friday at the  Bear Happy Hour at the Rock and Roll Hotel.

 

Here’s the link’s to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. Click the link for each day to see my full list of all the best underground house and electronic music events for that day.

Top Picks Thursday April 26

Top Picks Friday April 27

Top Picks Saturday April 28

Top Picks Sunday April 29

For some quality DC House Grooves action this weekend, join me and Katrina Mir this Friday night in the Green Room at Flash. We’re both expecting deliveries of new vinyl over the next couple of days, so we’ll be serving up fresh new cuts open to close on the rooftop.  . On the club level, Perlon‘s Fumiya Tanaka headlines, with support from Navbox and  Throe & Taiga, while in the bar, it’s another edition of Cider House Mules with Sparse Cholesky, Mike Harvey and DJ Meegs. Serious grooves on all three dance floors.

Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1081841
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/622144334791965/

fumiya tanaka

Then on Saturday night, we’re at it again on the DC House Grooves Show on  Underground Quality Radio. Tune in from 10pm for the finest underground grooves coming at you live from the DC House Grooves studio in Washington DC.

Tune in audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in video: https://www.facebook.com/UQRADIOSHOW/
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1577254282401716/

DC House Grooves Show on UQ Radio

Other highlights for the weekend include Artlure at El TechoReflections with  Jandro  Kaylasoul at Jimmy Valentine’s and The Late Shift after hours with UruluJus NowhereSamantha Francesca and Zamkov on Friday, then on Saturday Back 2 Basics with Glenn UndergroundBoo WilliamsBenoitHot CoffeeSamantha FrancescaPhilcoDJ SoulArthur J and Pierre Reynolds looks like a recipe for an amazing time on the dance floor for true house musics lovers, as does Spring Thaw with  DJ Double 07Dave RussellAnish at Jimmy Valentine’s.

back 2 basics glenn underground boo williams

spring thaw

If you’re in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon, head to the Federal Hill Block Party for an outdoor dose of Deep Sugar with all your favorites Ultra NatéLisa MoodyWayne DavisDJ Byron and Shawn Q. Serious vibes in the sunshine for all the family!

deep sugar block party

Closer to home in DC, it’s all about Abstract x Sunday Love at Flash, then head over to  ESL to close out the weekend with Sam Burns and the season opener of Sunday’s Rooftop  with Voigtmann and Benoit. Looks like another super fun weekend to me! See you on the dance floor.

sundays rooftop