Fun times on the rooftop at Flash last Friday at Kochi‘s Vibe party! Always a pleasure throwing down wiith my fellow DC House Grooves residents Katrina Mir and Ramirez, and my man Kochi always brings the heat. All three floors at Flash were buzzing, and we had a magical crowd grooving in the Green Room all night, surrounded by the amazing artworks of Symmetrical. Check out the photo gallery of the night over on Facebook, and you can listen to the full recording here:
As always, massive thanks to Afshin, Daniel, Alex, Sam, Jackie, and everyone else on the team at Flash for making sure our nights there run so smoothly. It can get really crazy on busy nights like Friday, and it makes a real difference having such a great crew keeping things on track. Looking forward to the next time!
Before I get into this week’s Top Picks, a quick reminder about the Destination boat party on September 24 with the legendary Joaquin ‘Joe’ Claussell working his magic in a 4 hour set as you cruise down the Potomac. With several weeks to go, tickets are already on third release, so if you want to be on the boat, make sure you grab your tickets before they’re gone. You don’t want to miss this one!
Another solid line up of events this Labor Day weekend! We’ll be rocking the airwaves on Saturday night with another edition of the DC House GroovesShow with Andy Grant, Ramirez and Katrina Mir on Jus-Ed‘s Underground Quality Radiofrom 10pm ET. Whether you’re heading out or staying in, tune in for quality, deep, underground sounds served fresh from the vinyl.
On Sunday night, our very own Katrina Mir joins Samantha Francesca, Steve Kirn, Baronhawk and Jandro for Reflections at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. That’s a serious line up of talented locals!. No work on Monday, so take advantage of the later opening hours and get Labor Day off to the best start possible. You’ll find me right there on the dance floor, and if you know what’s up, you’ll be there too.
Here’s my full list of Top Picks for the weekend. Plenty to keep you grooving through the weekend! I’ll be back next week, same time, same place, with info on all the best underground house, techno, drum and bass and other electronic music events in and around DC, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!
Thursday August 31
Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge
The Black Madonna with Keenan Orr at Flash, with Ladies of the Underground featuring Heather Femia, Maegan Wood & Vanniety Kills in the Green Room and Sol Power Sound featuring Marc Meistro & DJ Stylus in the Flash Bar
Not quite back in the saddle just yet, so don’t get too excited. Some great events happening this weekend, so I figured I’d knock out a quick post highlighting the best of the bunch. Here’s a quick run down: Thursday night, I’ll be joining Katrina Mir behind the decks at Preview in the Green Room at Flash for some happy hour grooves. Looks like it’s going to be a scorcher, so join us from 6pm for some freshly made frosty adult beverages and quality grooves and watch the sun set over DC from the Flash rooftop. After we wrap at Flash, we’ll be heading over to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez and this week’s special guest Narko.
On Friday night, Katrina Mir joins DJ Meegs, Jett Chandon and Vanniety Kills behind the decks for the latest edition of Ladies of the Underground at Ten Tigers Parlour. That’s one serious all XX lineup! proper grooves all night long on Ten Tigers’ quality Martin Audio sound system. Other great options on Friday night are Navbox‘s birthday celebrations at Flash, with another amazing Friday line up on all three floors: Alexi Delano joins Navbox in the main room, while in the Green Room Martín Miguel and Heights throw down for Better Listen Sessions, and in the bar M Vaughn joins Chris Kennedy for Assembly. Happy birthday Navid! Thank you for everything you do to support the local scene here in DC. Over at U Street Music Hall, it’s all locals all night long with another stellar showcase of homegrown talent featuring the uber-talented Rush Plus boys and the always outstanding 1432R DJs Sami, SuYung & Dawit. Great to see another all local line up at U Hall on a Friday night! Hope to see many more.
Over at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club on Saturday night, there’s a reunion of the Drivesafe Crew, featuring Dan Soda, Pat Casil, Ray Casil & Sketti, back behind the decks together for the first time in god knows how long! It’s sure to be an emotional night full of laughs, smiles, perhaps a few tears, and of course quality beats. Best of all, there’s no cover all night. Saturday also brings return of Deep Sugar to U Street Music Hall. The Paradox may be gone, but Deep Sugar lives on, with residents UltraNaté, Lisa Moody and guest opener Wayne Davis working that Deep Sugar magic all night long. With a bus of Deep Sugar regulars heading down from Baltimore, I can guarantee the vibe will be strong!
Sunday brings several great options to close out the weekend. The always excellent Sunday Love in the Green Room at Flash features Rodriguez Jr live, with support from residents Solomon Sanchez & Sarah Myers, plus Tony Smooth and DJ Bazza. Another great option for rooftop grooving is Chasing Sundays at Public Bar with local here Saeed Younan at the controls, with support from Fred Mas, Alex Haje and Pierre Reynolds. Last, but by no means least, ESL Sunday features Sam Burns‘ weekly residency, along with another edition of Hold Tight featuring HOT COFFEE, Martín Miguel and Adrian Collazo. Not to be missed!
I’ve included flyers and event links for all these events below. There’s plenty more going on this weekend beyond my picks below, so keep your eyes and ears open. Also, it’s going to be scorcher, so make sure to rehydrate! Not sure when I’ll be back with the full Weekend Round Up, but I’ll do my best to bring you the highlights while I’m on my break. See you on the dance floor!
Thursday July 13
Preview Happy Hour fr. Andy Grant & Katrina Mir at Flash
Busy weekend ahead! It’s that time of year again when we celebrate Pride in the nation’s capital, and again there’s an amazing selection of quality underground events celebrating Pride here in DC. I’ve included all the events on my radar in this week’s post, but if you want the best insight on underground Pride events from someone who really knows what’s what, check out Pride Underground 2017 by our queer correspondent, TNX‘s Tommy Cornelis. Everything you need to know about the best underground events at this year’s Pridecelebrations.
As usual, you’ll find all my Top Picks for the weekend from Thursday through Sunday below, along with full listings of all the best events. I feel like I’m handing out the Top Picks like candy this weekend, but they’re all well deserved! Some really good shit going down in our city! You can catch me at Flash on Friday night along with my DC House Grooves partner in crime Katrina Mir, holding things down in the bar all night long. We’ve been holed up at DC House Grooves HQ for the last few weeks honing our craft, and we’re really looking forward to playing out again. Friday night at Flash is going to be one for the true house heads, with Sistrum Recordings label boss Patrice Scott headlining the main room with support from Aakmael and HOT COFFEE, and another edition of Arts & Sciences in the Green Room with Snad & Taiga. Serious business across all three floors!
On Saturday night, Katrina and I will be joined by Ramirez for episode #002 of the DC House Grooves Radio Show on Jus-Ed‘s Underground Quality Radio from 10pm ET. Episode #001 two weeks ago was quite a journey, and we’re looking forward to taking it to new heights this week. Tune in from 10pm ET over at Underground Quality Radio, or Like the Underground Quality Facebook Pageand look out for our multi camera Facebook Live feed. The perfect pre-game for your Saturday night!
After the show Katrina Mir and I will be heading into town to Dupont Circle to represent DC House Grooves spinning a 2am set at Cannabis Pride All Nighter. Starting at 9am Saturday and running for 24 hours straight until 9am Sunday morning, the Cannabis Pride All Nighter will feature sets from a huge list of local DC favorites including DJ Nav, Jett Chandon, C-Dubz, StrikeStone,Panch, Djoser, Grand Ancestor, Team Zapata, Samantha Francesca, HOT COFFEE, Vanniety Kills and DJ Meegs. Catch me and Katrina Mir from 2am, right after Samantha Francesca and HOT COFFEE of the Sticky Fingers Collective.
For the vinyl heads out there, make sure you make time on Saturday afternoon to head over to Future Times‘ new popup record store in Mount Pleasant. A new record store popping up is always good news, but the Future Times crew opening a record store is the stuff that dreams are made of. Expect an eclectic selection of records, old and new, from the best international, domestic and local labels. If you know what’s good for you, head over to Mount Pleasant between 12pm and 7pm on Saturday. Full details in the flyer below.
Before we get to this week’s listings, here’s episode #51 of the Meet the Locals Podcast features a quality slower BPM techno mix from Steve Kirn, making his triumphant return to the podcast.
Here’s the full listings for this weekend, including all my Top Picks from Thursday through Sunday. As mentioned previously, you’ll find a number of Pride Underground events below, but for more in depth insight, make sure you check out DC House Grooves‘ Pride Underground 2017 post by TNX‘s Tommy Cornelis. Wherever you end up this weekend, I hope you have an amazing time! Hope to see you out there on the dance floor!
Thursday June 8
Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge