DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Techno Events in Washington DC November 21 to November 24

Did you catch Saturday’s DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with special guest Baronhawk Poitier (TNX)? In case you missed it, check it out right here. As expected, Baronhawk knocked it out of the park with a quality set dripping with funk, soul and vibe, and the residents didn’t do too badly, either 😉 You can catch Baronhawk this Sunday at Good Buddies at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Not to be missed!

This weekend, we’ve got a DC House Grooves double header at Flash, with me, Andy Grant, warming up the club level for local hero Micfreak and Detroit legend Mike Huckaby, and with Collette & Pete Moss in the Green Room and the District Drop Inn crew in the bar, it’s sure to be an amazing night of music. Tickets are still just $8 from Eventbrite, a bargain for such an fantastic line up. Come early and let me get your feet tapping on the dance floor!

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mike-huckaby-pete-moss-colette-district-drop-inn-tickets-81832793087
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/517052772475809/

mike huckaby at flash

Then on Saturday, Katrina Mir joins Peter Kaufmann and KaylaSoul on the club level for Resident Nights, with Sam Burns and Just Chad in the Green Room, and homies Kochi and Jandro in the bar. One again, tickets are just $8, so grab yours now!

Tickets: https://eventlink.to/flashresidents
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/441355313247821/

resident nights at flash

That’s Friday and Saturday sorted, then! On Sunday, all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge for ESL Sunday with Sam Burns and Good Buddies with Baronhawk Poitier and Philco. Not a bad way to round out the weekend!

Here are this weekend’s listings, Thursday through Sunday. I’ve included weekend line ups for Flash, El Techo and Eighteenth Street Lounge, then after those you’ll find listings for each day. Too many great events to highlight here, so take the time to browse the full list, and make sure you check back next weekend for a very special Thanksgiving Weekend edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks!

Flash Weekend Line up Thursday to Saturday

El Techo Line up Thursday to Sunday

Eighteenth Street Lounge Line up Thursday to Sunday

Thursday November 21

headroom listening sessions November
Contact Park Hye Jin
Associate Radio Hour
preview happy hour grom

Friday November 22

mike huckaby at flash
get face
phoenix entertainment debut party

Saturday November 23

resident nights at flash with Peter Kaufman and Katrina Mir
deep sugar sweet 16 anniversary
lunar place dastan el techo
mass transit with dj dan
DC-Jersey Connection feat. Crue Paris
ESL Saturday
pyre rituals

Sunday November 24

heather femia at el techo
good buddies with baronhawk poitier and philco

DC House Grooves Show #60 with Special Guest Baronhawk Poitier

Celebrating Episode #060 of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with special guest Baronhawk Poitier (The NeedlExchange – TNX) joining residents Andy Grant, Ramirez and Katrina Mir. A dynamic DJ and producer, Baronhawk recently released a track on local DC label Future Times which we could not wait to play on our show! We knew we had to get him down to the DC House Grooves studio pronto. There’s no doubt it’s gonna be a great episode. Tune in from 10pm ET on Saturday November 16.

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Techno Events in Washington DC Pride Weekend June 6 to June 9

Another amazing line up of underground events happening this weekend as Washington DC celebrates Pride 2019! Before I get into this week’s Top Picks, a quick mention of a couple of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks. First up, on Saturday June 15 we celebrate 50 (!) episodes of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, and to mark the occasion we’ve got none other than DC house music legend Sam “The Man” Burns joining me, Andy Grant, Ramirez and Katrina Mir in the DC House Grooves studio as our very special guest. We’re honored to be hosting Sam in the studio, and we can’t wait to hear what he’s got lined up for us. Check the event page for more info, and set a reminder to tune in over on YouTube.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/595042754349750/
Set Reminder on YoutTube: http://bit.ly/UQ-Live

Speaking of the DC House Grooves Show, did you check out episode #049 last Saturday. If you missed the show, you can check out the stream below, or listen to the audio on SoundCloud. Saturday’s show was chock full of quality wax fresh from our recent trip to Detroit. Some quality deepness right there!


Another date to mark in your calendar is the following Saturday June 22, which sees the return of Late Night Mischief with a fantastic line up featuring DJ Aakmael, DJ Nav and a closing set from our very own Katrina Mir! Late Night Mischief parties always deliver a thick vibe, and with DJ Nav setting the tone, DJ Aakmael taking things to the next level, and Katrina Mir keeping you grooving until sunrise, I can guarantee this one’s gonna be just a little bit special. Early bird tickets are available now for just $10, which is steal for a line up of this caliber. Remember, no tickets on the door, so you might as well buy yours now.

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1274711
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1039820992869115/

late night mischief

Here are my Top Picks for Pride weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Just between you and me, I’ve been seriously considering stopping these weekly posts, as they are taking longer and longer to compile. I started doing this weekly post to give something back to the community, but what I really want to be doing is making and playing music, which obviously requires a lot of time, too. With my day job and a house full of teenagers to look after, something has got to give if I want to meet all my goals. If you really want to know, the reason I keep these weekly posts going is that every single time I go out, someone approaches me . and tells me how DC House Grooves helped them find quality music in DC’s underground community. As long as this blog is helping people find their way to the good shit, I’ll keep things going. I just need to find ways to reduce how long it takes to compile each week, and if that means cutting back on the number of events I include each week, then so be it. There’s just so much going on these days that it takes way too long each week to include everything, so moving forward, I’m just not going to even try being comprehensive. I’m just going to list the events that I think are worth your time, and I’m just going to include the flyer images. You can figure the rest out by yourself. If you’re a promoter and you don’t see your event listed, don’t get mad! The best way to make sure I include your event next time is to make it easy for me and send me the flyer for your event before Wednesday, week of. Don’t make me do all the work. Ok, rant over. Here’s are my Top Pick for Pride weekend. Everything listed below is worth your time. See you on the dance floor!

Thursday June 6

sleaze pride
deep tech residents

Friday June 7

highkey queers underground
Saeed Younan at Flash
pride otter happy hour

Saturday June 8

tnx pride
skate fever
Danny Tenaglia at Flash
ultra nate a night with wayne davis
The magician u street music hall
decibel collective and friends
deep tech backbar

Sunday June 9

Sunday Love Analog Soul
ESL Sunday Hold tight
Life’s a Ball at U Street Music Hall
Deep Tech on the Potomac- Maiden Voyage



Since 2016, a rag-tag collection of party people have banded together to showcase unofficial and atypical events that happen during DC’s Leather Weekend through a handy guide and schedule known as MALLORY. Now in her 4th installment, #MALLORY2019 features its largest, most diverse, and most ambitious offerings yet.

There’s no right way or wrong way to do MALlory, but my advice is always the same: venture out from the official hotel/circuit offerings, buy advanced tickets for the events with big names coming to town, treat TRADE like your go-to neighborhood bar all weekend long, and be kind to others and yourself. It’s a long and draining weekend.

So without further ado, here’s a non-exhaustive rundown of events that hopefully puts a spotlight on DC’s impressive queer community and what they’re up to this weekend. Hit me up if you notice any oversights.


MALx Güashington at TRADE
We’re awfully lucky to have Leeon (Video Club, Bogota) back again in DC to kick off MALLORY weekend, all thanks to Alex DB (Millenial Pink) and their Leather Güikend Latinx party at TRADE, featuring performances by Ace Cultura, Div0id and Santx Domingx starting at 9:30pm.

Market Crash at The Big Board
Since it is Awards Season, let me allow myself to both nominate and announce that the winner of DC’s Best New DJ is Diyanna Monet! Make sure you catch one of her sets this MALLORY, beginning with Market Crash, a rare weekday, non-NW party that happens at The Big Board on H Street NE. Market Crash also features drag performances, and for MALLORY they’ve got Cobalt’s DC Drag Wars Season 3 winner, Vagenesis and Christi Ana Tea (Tea Party).


SLEAZE XXXL ft. Mark O’Brien (Polyglamorous, SF) at The Dew Drop Inn
In order to maximize the appropriate impact for MALLORY’s Thursday night, Sleaze (Keenan Orr, Lemz, and host Jane Saw) are upsizing to The Dew Drop Inn, and they’re bringing in Mark O’Brien (of legendary SF party Polyglamorous fame) for his DC debut, Donna Slash is performing live, and they’ve surrendered the 2nd floor to Alex DB and GET FACE!

Otter Happy Hour w/ Dean Sullivan & FAM NIGHT w/ Tommy Cornelis @ TRADE
Since TRADE now schedules a DJ every Thursday night AND Otter Den Happy Hour has also moved there in observance of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season, we get a double feature at TRADE on Thursdays! Once a month I host FAM NIGHT there, which just happens to fall here for MALLORY. (HH starts at 5PM, Dean Sullivan at 7PM, and Yours Truly at 11PM).

Petworth Social Club w/ Jacq Jill
Petworth Social Club is there for ya every Thursday from 7-10pm, providing one of Uptown’s only queer hops. Outputmessage, Jacq Jill, and Alex DB rotate music duties at this chill, food-forward, neighborhood happy hour event.

Schadenfreude Neubauten at Studio Ga Ga
DC’s signature night for “minimal synth // post-punk // wave // ebm // industrial // and whatever else”, Schadenfreude Neubauten is hosted monthly by DJs Wolfblister and Dianamatic at Studio Ga Ga, often featuring angsty guests.


Honcho w/ Josey Rebelle @ U Street Music Hall
Co-conspirators in MALLORY’s upbringing, Honcho escapes Pittsburgh and returns to U Street Music Hall to showcase the DC debut of Josey Rebelle (London) this year. Josey’s set at Sustain Release was a thing of legends. DO NOT MISS THIS. I heard there’s already a low-ticket warning for this.

RPDR All-Stars Watch Party w/ westhedj, then Trevor Sigler & Diyanna Monet at TRADE
As previously mentioned, human-caused activities have placed RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars on Friday nights this year. It’s a long season, but wessthedj and the GAY/BASH roster host the shit out of it week after week starting at 8pm.

At 11pm, the TV screen will lower to welcome the DC debut of Trevor Sigler (Mixed Forms/Romper Room, SF) alongside DC’s Diyanna Monet for the honest-to-gahd cutest pairing of the weekend.

Rough House w/ DJ Lemz & The Barber Streisand @ Green Lantern
DJ Lemz & The Barber Streisand are roughin’ it up at The Green Lantern Friday night.


Women’s March 2019 @ Freedom Plaza
DC’s dance community banded together for the Women’s March directly after the mind-boggling election of Donald Fucking Trump in 2016. In a legendary moment, DC’s favorite DJ Juana threw down a ridiculous closing set at the Sequence after-party with Discwoman, which saw her added to the DJ roster soon after. Three years later, the Women’s March aligns with MAL weekend for the perfect opportunity to have a DC moment and raise some hell while breaking up all that toxic masculinity gay party weekends far too often produce. The event and march gets going at 11AM, and then the Rally is at 1PM at Freedom Plaza.

TNX ft. the T4T LUV NRG Tour: Octo Octa b2b Eris Drew @ Location TBA
TNX is mixing things up this year with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of hosting Eris Drew & Octo Octa on their inaugural T4T LUV NRG B2B Tour! If you’re new to a TNX event, we keep the location TBA until the day of the event in order to protect DC’s currently vulnerable DIY spaces. Follow the instructions on the event page and respect one another and the space. Tickets are moving fast on this one too and can be purchased on RA.

G ∆ Y / B ∆ S H : G O T H N I G H T at TRADE
Alt to no one, DC’s premier drag night G ∆ Y / B ∆ S H is giving you an extra dose of G O T H in honor of MALLORY this Saturday at TRADE. Jane Saw, Jaxknife Complex, Ana Latour, Donna Slash, & Santx Domingx are serving you not 1, but 2 shows at 11:30pm & 1:00am. And DJ Barber Streisand will be playing tunes between the mic-werk.


The Cluck Off w/ Carlos Souffront (SF), Juana, & Jacq Jill at Jimmy Valentine’s
A definite highlight of MALLORY2018 was the addition of a Hennie’s Only, MALLORY’s Closer at Jimmy Valentine’s that focused on word-of-mouth invites over social media dependency. Last year Jacq Jill put down a nasty set that turned lots of heads, and they’ll be back on an even bigger lineup featuring Carlos Souffront (SF)’s DC debut AND Juana (Discwoman/Sequence, DC).

Leather Casual Recover Tea w/ Collin Bass & StrikeStone! at TRADE
With the closing of Town Danceboutique, Otter Den is moving its annual Sunday Tea to TRADE for a comfort-focused recovery moment, with Collin Bass (SF/PGH) and resident Strikestone in the pulpit.

Church at TRADE
After Tea, Church residents wessthedj and Jesse Jackson welcome in Dean Sullivan, Pussy Noir, & Jaxknife Complex to their every-holiday weekend Sunday services at TRADE starting at 9PM.


MAL Closing Night Party: A Tribute to Frankie Knuckles at 9:30 Club
While the point of MALLORY is to highlight the unofficial offerings from DC’s queer underground this weekend, I HAVE to give major props to the the Centaurs MC (MAL’s Founders) & The Saint-At-Large for coming together to push their programming forward this year for this official closing night party. None of this dance shit is possible without Frankie, so this tribute event featuring DJs Tedd Patterson and Manny Ward and a special performance by Ultra Naté is a breath of fresh air. 10% of proceeds will support the Frankie Knuckles Foundation too!

MALLORY is always looking, never hosting, so this weekend couldn’t be possible without all of the venues, and especially TRADE. All year long, they provide space and support growth for so many of DC’s queer functions like GAY/BASH, Church, Otter Den, Sissy That Tuesday, Güashington, FAM NIGHT, and its resident DJs. THANK YOU!

And thank you to all the promoters, DJs, performers, crews, dancers, artists and party people for continuing to elevate nightlife here in DC. Our collective work and collaborative nature makes things like MALLORY possible. Cluck the fuck off this weekend, you’ve earned it!

And special thanks to Linas Garsys for the awesome art.