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!
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 MilesMaeda, Kochi, Andy Grant and Aaron Sparks on Sunday June 17. Hope you can join us!
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, TheNeedleXchange‘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:
Below you’ll find my regular DC House GroovesTop 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, plusDJ sets from Ultra Naté & Lisa Moody & Wayne Davis. Katrina 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!
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 P, LoSoul, Norm Talley, Iron Curtis, Son of Sound & DJ Jus Ed, Waajeed, DJ Aakmael, Inner Sense, Franck 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.
As for this weekend’s highlights, I recommend you head over to Jimmy Valentine‘s on Thurday for Uptown House Experiencewith DJ Nav, Joe L, Associate & Trev-ski, which promises a night of fantastic music from a serious bunch of heads!
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.
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!
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!
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 Todd, Tommy Cornelis, Baronhawk & DJ Lisa Frank, an epic pairing of two of our favorites StrikeStone! B2B Vanniety Kills & Alex DB B2B Wolfblister, plus live performances from Salvadora Dali & Majic Dyke, all delivered over a banging sound system courtesy of the Zapata Brothers. Advanced tickets highly recommended, only $15 over on Resident Advisor.
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 Benoit & Miss I, coming in all the way from Romania.
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!
When I started doing these write-ups as DC House Groove’s Queer Correspondent, there was a real need for highlighting non-official, locally-sourced, music-forward events during MAL and Pride in our community. I’m not saying that’s no longer needed, but I don’t think I need to hold as many hands anymore. That’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement, but so many scenes seem to be really thriving right now in DC and people just seem to GET IT! And there really is something for everyone. If you wanna live your circuit fantasy, grab a fan and clack off at the eagle all weekend. Go see your favorite drag queen perform (she’s probably in town). Brunch and day drink at the parade. Catch amazing queer musicians at a live show. Lose yourself on the dance-floor to some incredible DJs- both local and traveling in. We’re all Options Queens this pride!
One thing that I’ve been seeing happen organically this year that makes me very, very happy is that so many great events are reclaiming the name DC Pride. Because of this and because so many of you reached out about it, I’m back with the listings this year. But I’m ditching the long-winded rant and cutting right to the chase. I’m also ditching the “underground pride” name. Oh, and I’ve never been about that capital, hen. This is all about DC Pride, baby*
*Every year I forget some really good events that deserve inclusion here. Please reach out to me, and I will gladly update this!
Also here are some pro-tips: remember to pace yourself, drink lots of water, look out for one another, buy advanced tickets when possible, and don’t overdo it Saturday during the day and parade- there’s lots of important dancing to do, creatures of the night!
Oh, and straight people go out and celebrate pride too. Prove you respect DC’s incredible queer dance community with your dancing shoes. We’ve heard enough lip service on the internet.
Welcome to a very special Halloween edition of DC House Grooves Top Picks! Why so special, you ask? Well, it’s special because I’m filing this week’s edition from Cluj-Napoca, capital of Transylvania, which I’m visiting on day job biz. The fact that I’ve even found the time to do it when I’m not even going to be around for any of these events makes it kinda special! I’ve just got a few minutes for a quick post before I head out into the Transylvanian night (a lot less exciting than it sounds), so let’s make this count. If you read last week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks Halloween Preview 2017, then you already know about all the good stuff and have no doubt already bought your tickets, but this post right here also includes full details of all the other good stuff happening over Halloween weekend. Sadly, the planned Church of Freaks party on Friday night has been canceled due to events outside of the promoter’s control, but there’s still plenty more events to choose from to get your freak on this weekend. On Friday, I recommend checking out Foundation Fridays at Flash, then sticking around for Detroit Swindle with Martín Miguel, with The Ghost in the Green Room and Silicon Based Lifeform featuring Discwoman‘s Juana, Ron Jackson, Doctor D & Darius Twin in the Flash Bar. For afters, head to Nomads Only DC‘s warehouse event featuring Maxi Stores, Navbox, Edo & Taiga. Early bird tix are still available for just $10 if you move fast.
Also on Friday, for all you heads needing your Deep Sugar fix after last week’s Haunted Beach House event, there’s a Deep Sugar pop up after hours at Factory 17 in Baltimore on Friday with the girl squad Ultra Naté & Lisa Moody. You know it makes sense!
Saturday night, my Top Pick for a freaky fun time is to head to Jimmy Valentine’s Annual Halloween Bash with Kochi, DJ Ramirez, Lyssa, Katrina Mir, Tim Jackson & Jandro at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. This annual costume mandatory party is always a crazy night… just make sure you’ve got your costume sorted! Advanced tickets are just $15, or if you’re up for a boozy do, it’s just $70 for top shelf open bar all night long! Best deal in town if you’re planning on really going for it!
If you’re up for a full on warehouse experience Saturday night, DC has you covered! Flash & Loop are celebrating Halloween with two of Detroit’s finest, Delano Smith & Stacey Pullen, with some of DC’s finest in support: Navbox, Solomon Sanchez, Alex Eljaiek & Mina. Anyone who’s been to one of Flash & Loop‘s Halloween extravangazas knows that they pull out all the stops for a fully themed experience. Proper sound, great vibes. If that sounds like your cup of tea, grab your tix using the link below.
Sequence are also celebrating Halloween on Saturday with Sequence.666 featuring Phase Fatale, Arthur Kimskii, Lyceum & Juana at a warehouse location. You know you’re in for a spooky good time with the Sequence crew, with all the true heads assembled. Advanced tickets strongly recommended…check the link below.
My last highlight for Saturday night is for those of you who can’t face the warehouse party crowds and want to get away from it all with some proper house party vibes. If that sounds like you, then seek out off the record Halloween with Luv Jam, Dj Nav & Samantha Francesca. I’d like to tell you more, but it’s, ya know, off the record. Seriously, though, Luv Jam! Nippy vibes until the sun comes up.
Sunday’s highlights include Sundays Rooftop with Detroit’s Punisher & Benoit, on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge, while Sam Burns and Baltimore legend Teddy Douglas hold things down in the gold room, and the second edition of Saeed Younan‘s new party at Public Bar, Sintimate Rooftop Sessions Halloween Edition with Cocodrills, Bell & J Tek & Sami%Suyung at Public Bar. Both great options for closing out an incredible Halloween weekend!
Below you’ll find my full list of DC House GroovesTop Picks for Halloween weekend, along with event flyers, event links and ticket links where appropriate. Before getting into that, though, here’s the full recording from last Saturday’s Resident Nights at Flash with Charles Martin, Andy Grant, Alex Eljaiek and Oliver Caine, which had to be one of the best nights I’ve ever had at Flash Huge thanks to everyone who came out, to Navid for inviting us to play, and to everyone on the team at Flash for making everything run smoothly on the night. You guys rock! Already looking forward to next time 🙂
OK, here’s all my Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Time to make some tough choices! Come back next week, same time, same place, for full info on all the best underground house and electronic music events Thursday through Sunday. DC House Grooves has all the good stuff!
Thursday October 26
ESL Thursday with John Jazz & Playlist with Lyssa, Ramirez & Kaylasoul at Eighteenth Street Lounge