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.
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.
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!
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 alwaysthesame: 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.
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).
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.
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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.
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.
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!
No time to pull together a proper post this week, just time for a flyer dump. See below for promo images for all the best events in Washington DC this weekend, Thursday through Sunday, and for those of you on Facebook, you can click the link at the top of each section to see the list of Top Picks with event links.
My dancing shoes are still firmly on the shelf due to my recent injury, so I’ll be taking it easy weekend. Still hoping to make it up to Baltimore on Saturday to catch my brother from another mother DJ Jus-Ed (Underground Quality) playing open to close at Darkroom in Baltimore for the Kowli and Sticky Fingers crews. It’s gonna be hard to resist the temptation to dance with Jus-Ed at the controls, but I’ll do my best. If you haven’t yet caught Ed working his magic on the dance floor, I highly recommend this one. Real house music to move your soul. Get there at the start and don’t stop dancing till the lights come on. I promise you, this will be a dance floor journey to remember. Advance tickets are just $20, and its BYOB, so you can bring whatever refreshments you like. Limited space on the dance floor, so don’t sleep on this one!
Been slacking off on the mixes recently, too. To make up for it, how about the recording of me, Ramirez & Katrina Mir going B2B2B working the Grand Ancestor sound system opening up for Turtle Bugg at Late Night Maneuvers here in Washington DC on November 2? Two hours and 20 minutes of quality underground grooves served up fresh from the wax.
Here are this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. The flyers should have all the info you need, but Facebook users can click the title for each day to see the list of event pages. All quality events, listed in no particular order. For those of you not on Facebook, Google is your friend. I might just stick to this format moving forward. Let me know what you think. I’ll be back next week with more of the same, so if you’re looking for info on all the best underground house events in Washington DC, you know where to find it!
It’s Columbus Day holiday weekend, and if you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to work on Monday, we’ve got a treat for you on Sunday night! DC House Grooves in partnership with Roots & Spirits, UDP Music and Vibe bring you another edition of Beats Maneuver featuring real house music from none other than the mighty Jephté Guillaume (Spiritual Life Music) with support from Ramirez on the upper level, and on the lower level, KayLaSoul, Baronhawk Poitier (TNX) & yours truly, Andy Grant. After our summer rooftop party series celebrating the very best of house music at Public Bar, we’re looking forward to taking things indoors at our new spot, 12|30 on 9th Street. With a holiday on Monday, we’ll be going late for this one, so join us at 10pm on Sunday, and be ready to shake it on the dance floor. Early bird tickets at just $10, more on the door. A serious bargain for a line up of this caliber!
We’ll be warming up for Beats Maneuver on Saturday night with another edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with me, Ramirez & Katrina Mir, kicking off at 10pm ET. As always, we’ll be broadcasting audio from the Underground Quality website, but for video we’re taking the show back to the Underground Quality LiveYoutube page. Lots of great new music to share, so tune in from 10pm ET on Saturday and let us get you ready for a night out on the dance floor!
If you’re not familiar with the DC House Grooves Show vibe, then check out 5.5 hour after hours session featuring me, Katrina Mir and Ramirez. Quality house music from beginning to end.
So what else is happening in Washington DC this weekend? Nothing short of a metric fuckton of incredible events, that’s what. Thursday night is some kind of stupid, what with and early show featuring George Fitzgerald live followed by a late show with Catz’n’ Dogz at U Street Music Hall, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs at Flash, Playlist with Jubilee & Sarah Myers at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Sleaze: You Go Ghoul at Wonderland. Take your pick, they’ll all be top notch! Too many to list on Friday, but I recommend getting down to some minimal vibes with Petre Inspirescu, Ghost, Taiga & Throe at Flash, then heading to the warehouse for LNM: Jesse Bru, Bokeh, Samantha Francesca & Team Zapata delivering the underground goodies on the incredible Grand Ancestor sound system for afters. Advance tickets are recommended, and there are still some $10 early birds available. However, if you’re planning on just rolling up, I recommend you add yourself to the RSVP list for $20 entry on the door. If you’re not on the RSVP list, door tax will be a steep $30. Seems like a great policy for reserving the dance floor for the heads.
Saturday night, once you’ve warmed up listing to the DC House Groooves Show on Underground Quality Radio, out on the town Edward, Oskar Offerman & Jubilee at Flash promises a good time, but if you’re looking for the full warehouse experience, ROAM, UNTER and The NeedlExchange are joining forces for Capitol Punishment with Volvox, Jasmine Infiniti, Olga, DJ Lisa Frank, Tommy Cornelis, Jett Chandon, Bil Todd, Chris Nitti & Baronhawk. It’s like a Justice League of techno, with the crews joining forces for a full 12 hours to fight for truth, justice and the American way, through the medium of untz, or something. As always, advance tickets are highly recommended. Needle drops at 10pm, and the sweet music continues until 10am Sunday. They aren’t taking any prisoners with this one. Be ready for punishment!
Sunday night, well, you know. Beats Maneuver with Jephté Guillaume Live, Ramirez, KayLaSoul, Baronhawk and Andy Grant at 12|30 on 9th street NW. ‘Nuff said! Advance tickets just $10. Grab yours now! The perfect way to decompress with something a little more organic after a night of pounding techno at the warehouse. And, of course, there’s no work on Monday! Hope to see you there.
The highlights above barely scratch the surface of what’s going on this weekend. For the full list of DC House Grooves Top Picks for each day, click the links below for each day. You can’t really go wrong with any of them.
That’s it for this week’s edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks. Please consider joining us at Beats Manuever on Sunday, and whatever you end up doing, I hope you have an amazing time. I’ll be back next week, same time, same place, with news and info on all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!