DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC November 1 to November 4

With Halloween just about in the rear view mirror, it’s time to start thinking about the weekend. Good thing there’s another action packed line up of events right here in DC to keep you dancing Thursday through Sunday! We’re super excited about Beats Maneuver‘s partnership with Late Night Mischief crew, Late Night Maneuvers, this Friday November 2. We’ll be taking over an intimate warehouse space in northeast DC and bringing the one and only Turtle Bugg (Sublimate) down from Detroit to really show us who’s boss behind the decks. A true DJs DJ, we can’t wait to hear what he’s got waiting for us in his record bag!

Late Night Maneuvers with Turtle Bugg

With the Beats Maneuver resident DJs on support, you can be sure of a musical evening to remember; Kochi will be warming things up, kicking off with the slow jams, teasing you on to the dance floor. Next, me (Andy Grant), Ramirez and Katrina Mir will be dialing things up with one of our epic back to back to back sets, the three of us feeding off each other’s energy for a fantastic, vibe filled journey. We’ll be priming the floor perfectly for Turtle Bugg to take over and keep things jumping until the morning comes. And did I mention we’ll be working the Grand Ancestor 2.0 Sound System? Not only that, we’ll be powered by the amazing Bozak AR6 Mixer for a fully analog signal path from the turntables to the speakers. Sound quality matters, and we’re going to be working hard to make sure the system sounds as good as can be, bathing you in warm analog goodness for an immersive experience that you won’t soon forget. There are still a limited number of $10 early bird tickets available on Resident Advisor, after which standard advance tickets are $15. On the night, entry will be FREE before 12am, $20 from 12am to 2am, then $30 after 2am. However, if you RSVP at http://bit.ly/TBUGGRSVP, you can get in for $20 all night. If you’re not sure if you can make it, might as well RSVP now to lock in the $20 rate.

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1176338
RSVP: http://bit.ly/TBUGGRSVP
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/252265672021830/

Oh, and did I mention our advance ticket prize draw? Beats Maneuver is giving away a FREE, Near Mint copy of Luxuru by Ronin from 2002 on the highly sought after Driftwood record label worth well over $60 to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, just buy an advance ticket to Late Night Maneuvers featuring Turtle Bugg (Sublimate). Each ticket purchased gets you one entry into the prize draw. One ticket, one entry. Two tickets, two entries, and so on. We’ll pick the winner at 6pm on Friday November 2 at 6pm, and the winner can collect their prize at the event. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your advance tickets now to an amazing party now, and you might just win a super rare and valuable record.

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Fast forward to Sunday, and you can catch our very own Katrina Mir on the line up at  Saeed Younan‘s Rooftop Sessions at Public Bar alongside Sydney BluHeather FemiaSabeel Chohan and Eric Marcantonio. It’s going to be another amazing night of super talented DJs on the rooftop at Public Bar, and you can catch Katrina Mir from 9pm. $10 early bird tickets still available. Grab yours now!

Advance tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/younan-music-pres-sydney-blu-women-powered-event-tickets-51348795630
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/172934543592857/

Rooftop Sessions with Sydney Blu

Before I get into the rest of the top picks for this weekend, I want to give a big shout out to the ROAM crew who are celebrating 5 years of quality underground events next Friday, November 9, with the ROAM V Year Anniversary, featuring none other than Ben UFO and Lauren Ritter with support from ROAM residents DJ Lisa FrankSamiRush PlusJett Chandon and Taiga. Just the right balance of headliners to locals 🙂 To celebrate this very special anniversary, DC House Grooves has partnered with ROAM to give away a pair of FREE tickets worth $50 to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, click the link below and fill out the form to enter the draw. We’ll pick the winner at 5pm on Friday November 9, and will let them know at the email address provided. Please make sure you use your real name as shown on your ID and a valid email address! You’ll need to show your ID to claim your prize, so that name better match!

I want to win a pair of FREE tickets to the  ROAM V Year Anniversary Party

If you don’t feel like leaving things up to chance, if you move fast, there are still some $20 first release tickets available, but don’t hang around, they won’t last long. Here’s to many more years of ROAM!

ROAM V Year Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1168063
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/280411446132165/

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OK, here are my Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to see what’s up.

Top Picks Thursday November 1

Top Picks Friday November 2

Top Picks Saturday November 3

Top Picks Sunday November 4

Besides the events mentioned above, highlights this weekend include Playlist with JubileeMazi at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Sleaze at Wonderland on Thursday, Acid People  with  FurtiveBastetJuana Ron Jackson at Jimmy Valentine’s on Friday, then on Saturday hit up Sunset and Chill at Olde City Farm before heading up the Flash for Ryan CrossonCap Mazi R in the main room with Mike Harvey and Steve Kirn in the Green Room and Vibe with DJ Kochi and DJ Meegs in the Flash Bar.

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If you’re in Baltimore on Saturday, I highly recommmend checking out Soul Love Dance Party with The Elders at Factory 17. Always a fun time with the Baltimore family!

Sunday night, we’ll be supporting Katrina Mir and the Rooftop Sessions crew at Public Bar, but Eighteenth Street Lounge is always worth checking out for quality house and disco each and every Sunday. Catch Sam Burns in the Gold Room and Hold Tight with Martín Miguel open to close out on the patio. A great way to close out your weekend on the dance floor!

That’s it for this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. Don’t forget to grab your tickets to Late Night Maneuvers with Turtle Bugg, and we’ll see you on the dance floor at the warehouse this Friday! See you back here, same time, same place next week for all the best info on underground house music events in Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday.

DC House Grooves Top Picks Halloween Edition October 25 to October 31

Ok, I’ve got some big news this week. For our next Beats Maneuver event, we’ve teamed up with the crew behind Late Night Mischief to bring you Late Night Maneuvers at an intimate warehouse space in northeast DC on Friday November 2. For this very special occasion, we’re bringing the one and only Turtle Bugg (Sublimate) down from Detroit to really show us who’s boss behind the decks.

Late Night Maneuvers with Turtle Bugg

We first came across Turtle Bugg a few years back when we went to Sublimate in Brooklyn to catch Amir Alexander, and we were immediately impressed. We’ve since caught him at subsequent Sublimate parties, and at the ill-fated Boiler Room Weekender up in the Poconos a couple of years back. Sadly, the weekender was closed down before the Sublimate after hours even started, so we were robbed of our chance to hear Turtle Bugg again. A couple of years later, and we’re making damn sure we get to hear him properly by throwing a party with him as the headliner! A true DJs DJ, you can be sure Turtle Bugg will be digging deep in the crates for this one, serving up the finest slabs of wax for the discerning DC after hours crowd. With the Beats Maneuver resident DJs on support, you can be sure of a musical evening to remember; Kochi will be warming things up, kicking off with the slow jams and slowing teasing you on to the dance floor. Next, me (Andy Grant), Ramirez and Katrina Mir will be dialing things up with one of our epic back to back to back sets. With the three of us feeding off each other’s energy, you can never be sure where we’ll be going, but it is always a fantastic, vibe filled journey. Three talented DJs challenging each other to do better, upping the ante with every track. We’ll be priming the floor perfectly for Turtle Bugg to take over and keep things jumping until the morning comes. And did I mention we’ll be working the Grand Ancestor 2.0 Sound System? Not only that, we’ll be powered by the amazing Bozak AR6 Mixer for a fully analog signal path from the turntables to the speakers. Sound quality matters, and we’re going to be working hard to make sure the system sounds as good as can be, bathing you in warm analog goodness for an immersive experience that you won’t soon forget. There are a limited number of $10 early bird tickets available on Resident Advisor, after which standard advance tickets are $15. On the night, entry will be FREE before 12am, $20 from 12am to 2am, then $30 after 2am. However, if you RSVP at http://bit.ly/TBUGGRSVP, you can get in for $20 all night. If you’re not sure if you can make it, might as well RSVP now to lock in the $20 rate.

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1176338
RSVP: http://bit.ly/TBUGGRSVP
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/252265672021830/

Oh, and did I mention our advance ticket prize draw? Beats Maneuver is giving away a FREE, Near Mint copy of Luxuru by Ronin from 2002 on the highly sought after Driftwood record label worth well over $60 to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, just buy an advance ticket to Late Night Maneuvers featuring Turtle Bugg (Sublimate). Each ticket purchased gets you one entry into the prize draw. One ticket, one entry. Two tickets, two entries, and so on. We’ll pick the winner at 6pm on Friday November 2 at 6pm, and the winner can collect their prize at the event. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your advance tickets now to an amazing party now, and you might just win a super rare and valuable record.

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So you’ve got your Halloween costume ready. Which parties are you going to? Check my Top Picks below for details of all the best house music events in Washington DC, Thursday through Halloween next week.

Top Picks Thursday October 25

Top Picks Friday October 26

Top Picks Saturday October 27

Top Picks Sunday October 28

Top Picks Halloween Wednesday October 31

Your best bet for super fun Halloween vibes this Saturday is Jimmy Valentine’s 12 Annual Halloween Bash featuring Sam BurnsJuan ZapataHot Coffee, Neko B2B Danny HousePhilco B2B Samantha Francesca Joe L. That’s one serious local DJ line up, but make sure you dress up, because costumes are mandatory at this legendary annual event. Also, you have the epic choice of an all you can drink open bar ticket for $70, so things could get messy! This party sells out every year, so if you want to go, don’t hesitate! Grab your tickets now.

Advance tickets to Jimmy V’s Halloween
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/751141658572540/

Jimmy vs halloween

For after hours Halloween nonsense this Saturday, don your best costume and head to Sleaze + TNX present Creep, featuring BaronhawkBil ToddKeenan Orr, LemzDJ Lisa FrankTommy CornelisPussy NoirDivoid Jane Saw at everyone’s favorite venue, Warehouse TBA. Tickets for this one are flying off the shelf, but you can still pick up $15 second release tickets if you move fast. With a an all local line up of this quality, you can’t go wrong!

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1160233
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/713399909023782/

sleaze + TNX Creep

Sunday night, all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns‘ weekly residency and Sundays Rooftop with Francis Harris and Benoit. Always the best way to wrap up your weekend on the dance floor!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/188018475413614

asundays rooftop francis harris

For Halloween night, I recommend El Humpoween at El Techo featuring all the El Humpo residents: Team ZapataJoe LMark in the DarkVanniety Kills, Keenan Orr and Meegs. That’s quite a line up! I could think of a better crew to chill with to close out October, and best of all, it’s FREE.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1864813783602925/

el humpoween

That wraps things up for our Halloween edition. See you back here, same time, same place, for another round up of all the best underground house music events in 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 October 18 to October 21

Here we go again with another DC House Grooves Top Picks. I guess it’s no secret that I haven’t really been into these weekly DC House Grooves posts lately. Been kinda phoning it in for a while, missing weeks here and there, and generally not enjoying it the way I used to. I’ve been seriously considering giving it up, but somehow can’t seem to stop. All this tells me that it’s time to switch things up a bit. Up to now, I’ve tried to be as complete as possible with non-EDM electronic music events in DC and Baltimore, including everything from house to disco to  techno to drum and bass to whatever in my Top Picks, but with so many events happening these days, it just takes too much time to compile everything, so from this point on, I’m going to be much more selective about what I include on DC House Grooves. Quality underground house music events are in, as are disco / soul / funk / boogie / reggae events that look like they’ll have a good groove going on. I’ll continue to cover techno events, and events that explore the techier and more soulful side of house music. With regard to tech house, it all depends on the event. If its something interesting, looks cool, or showcases primarily local DJs and artists, I’ll include it. If its dull, repetitive, unimaginative tech house, not so much. If an event does not support locals DJs, I’ll no longer be including it here. DC House Grooves has always been about supporting and promoting local DJs; if there are no locals on the line up, no dice. I’m sure your out of town DJs are amazing, but I can guarantee there’s another competing event giving a platform to our local talent. Sadly, I’ll no longer be including drum and bass events and bass music events in general. No disrespect to the drum and bass massive, I love what you guys do, I just don’t have the time to cover it all, nor do I have the knowledge to distinguish the quality events from the crappy ones. EDM will continue to be ignored, as will all those EDM-lite “house” or “techno” events. If the event page proudly touts the number of SoundCloud follows or Facebook / Instagram likes your headliner has, your flyer is full of DJ logos, the music has weird chipmunky vocals, or your party vibe is all about that drop, it probably doesn’t belong here on DC House Grooves. No disrespect to that scene, it’s just not what we’re about. Having said all that, if I think any events falling into the categories above is cool, I reserve the right to include it. Hey, it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want. And if you’re throwing an event that’s super cool and you think it should be promoted here on DC House Grooves, send me a message through the DC House Grooves Facebook Page and make your case. In general, expect to see fewer Top Picks each week, but those you do see will pretty much all be “must attend” events. Will save us all a lot of time. Please don’t get upset with me if I won’t be covering your thing anymore. If you’re passionate enough about it, start your own blog and give it the coverage you feel it deserves.

OK, now I’ve got that off my chest, let’s get on with breaking all the rules I’ve just defined 🙂 Here are this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks, featuring all the best underground events in Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to see the (much shorter than before) list:

Top Picks Thursday October 18

Top Picks Friday October 19

Top Picks Saturday October 20

Top Picks Sunday October 21

Our highlight for the weekend is DJ Meegs and Raha Wala‘s Souled Out! party at Zeba Bar this Saturday, featuring special guest, DC House Grooves Show Beats Maneuver resident Ramirez (Roots & Spirits) with Regan Carver on sax and Reemz on keys, with support from residents MeegsRaha Wala. If you’ve not been to a Souled Out! event before, this is a great time to start. Pairing quality soul, funk, jazz, and disco-influenced dance music with live instrumentation, vibes are guaranteed, and with our main man Ramirez at the controls, you’re in for an amazing journey from start to finish. The DC House Grooves crew will be out in support, and you should be there too. No cover, no excuses!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2067828456642855/

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Friday night, we’ll be warming up for Ramirez‘ appearance at Souled Out! with a special Friday edition of the DC House Grooves Show on Berlin’s Underground Quality Radio, with live video stream on the Underground Quality Live YouTube channel. Tune in from 10pm ET on Friday for quality underground house music from me, Katrina Mir and Ramirez. Whether you’re going out or staying in, we’ve got the right vibe.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: http://bit.ly/UQ-Live
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/107502256855397/

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Other highlights for the weekend include Playlist with Jubilee & Friends at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, Love & Happiness with Mark FarinaKen Lazee at  U Street Music Hall and The Bunker 15 Year Anniversary with Bryan Kasenic and Eric Cloutier at Flash on Friday, Sunset and Chill at Olde City FarmOsunlade at Flash and Autumn Tactics with Dj Double 07AnishArthur J and V-Coch at Jimmy Valentine’s on Saturday. On Sunday afternoon, I recommend Baronhawk & Jahsonic  at El Techo, then head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam Burns and Good Buddies with DJ NavJoe L  & Philco. All quality events to keep you grooving through the weekend. See you on the dance floor!

 

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC October 11 to October 14

Huge thanks to everyone who came out and danced with us on Sunday at Beats Maneuver at 12|30. We hope you had an amazing time! Major thanks to Jephté Guillaume for delivering an amazing set on the upper level, to Ramirez for pulling this one together, to Drew Hogans and UDP Music for all the hard work and help give the sound an extra boost, to our local support KayLaSoul and Baronhawk Poitier for bringing the heat on the lower level, to Kochi & Katrina Mir for keeping it real on the door all night long, and to all the bar and security staff at 12|30 for helping everything go smoothly. I especially enjoyed going back to back with Baronhawk Poitier on the lower level. Always great to vibe off super talented DJ! I hope we can do it again soon. With another great celebration of house music at Beats Maneuver behind us, we’re heads down planning our next moves, so watch this space for more Beats Maneuver news coming soon!

In case you missed it, here’s last Saturday’s DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with me, Katrina Mir and Ramirez. 2.5 hours of quality underground tunes. Really feeling the vibe of this one, going some really interesting places. We’ve got things sounding real nice down the studio now, which helps keep things on point!

 

Another amazing line up of events this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Check the Top Picks links below for the full list for each day. Just click the link to see the event list over on Facebook. For those of you interested in production and sampling, take a look at Sonia Maria‘s Sampling Workshop at Rhizome on Saturday afternoon. Looks like a super interesting exploration of sampling culture from hip-hop through electronic dance music. If you’ve got some free time on Saturday afternoon and want to learn more, the workshop is free with RSVP, although a donation of $10 is recommended.

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sound-sampling-workshop-tickets-50574881833
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1920247284946657/

sampling workshop

Highlights for the weekend include Uncle Benny’s with GrantJoe L Benoit and Late Night Mischief with Fred EverythingTeam Zapata and Philco on Friday.

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On Saturday  LoSoul with Navbox at Flash will be quality, as will Deep Sugar with Wayne Davis open to close at Club 1722 in Baltimore.

On Sunday, I recommend The House that U Built  with Vanniety Kills, The Elders and Raptorstein at El Techo followed by Sam Burns  and Hold Tight: Better Listen 12 Release Party at Eighteenth Street Lounge. All quality options!

Here’s are the Top Pick links for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Plenty to keep you busy!

Top Picks Thursday October 11

Top Picks Friday October 12

Top Picks Saturday October 13

Top Picks Sunday October 14

That’s all for this weekend. We’re taking a weekend off this week, but I’m sure we’ll be out and about. See you on the dance floor!