Very little time this week, so I’ll need to make this quick. Before I get in to this week’s happenings, I want to give a quick mention to a worthy fundraiser that I hope you can contribute a few bucks towards. Andrew Prince aka DJ Amp, a major contributor to the electronic music community in Baltimore and DC, had around $20k’s worth of sound gear stolen from him last week from a venue in Baltimore. Andrew provided sound for our Beats Maneuver events at Public Bar last summer, and it was always a pleasure working with him. Andrew is gives so much to the community, supporting many different events and crews, and it really isn’t right that this happened to him. That equipment is his livelihood, and it really sucks that someone would do this. It is a testament to the local music community that a fundraiser set up to replace the equipment has raised nearly $10k in less than a week, but there is still a ways to go. if you can spare even a few bucks, please consider donating. Andrew is good people, and it’s not right that this should happen to him. A few bucks from everyone will help make things right.
Also, here is a list of the equipment that was stolen. If you hear of anyone trying to sell this gear, get in touch.
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OK, on to more positive things. Another great line up of events here in Washington DC this weekend, and as always, you find all the flyers below, Thursday through Sunday. The DC House Grooves crew will be at it again this weekend on Underground Quality Radio with another edition of the DC House Grooves Show. The show kicks off at 10pm ET on Saturday, tune in on the Underground Quality Live YouTube channel, or the Underground Quality website.
Other than that, a quiet weekend for me and Katrina Mir. No gigs lined up for the foreseeable future, but we’re keen to get out there, so please get in touch if you’d to add some DC House Grooves to your party. You know it makes sense!
See below for the full list for this weekend. Plenty of great events to choose from, and I’m sure there’s something for everyone. See you out and about!
It’s shaping up to be another fine weekend on the dance floor here in Washington DC, and again DC House Grooves is here for you with info on all the best underground house and techno events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. See below for event flyers for all the good stuff, and Facebook users can click the link at the top of each section to see the list of event pages for each day.
You catch a slice of DC House Grooves this Friday night at everyone’s favorite speakeasy, Allegory at Eaton, with Katrina Mir at the controls 10pm to close. Get there early, as it fills up fast! Come hang out for a few drinks as Katrina provides the a quality soundtrack.
For a taste of what to expect, check out KatrinaMir opening up last Saturday’s episode of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio. SoundCloud and YouTube streams below.
Other great options this weekend include Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday, the Yoyaku showcase with Varhat & Janeret at Flash on Friday, then on Saturday Will Eastman‘s Breathe album launch party at U Street Music Hall, Focus with Anna at Flash and Deep Sugar‘s Space Odyssey costume ball with Ultra Naté and The Basement Boys at Factory 17 in Baltimore are all great choices. On Sunday, Flash kicks off a new season of Sunday Love with Viken Armen, and Eighteenth Street Lounge hosts Sam Burns‘ weekly residency and Hold Tight with Thatmanmonkz and Martín Miguel. All great options, and plenty more to choose from in the list below.
Come back next week for another super solid list of all the best underground events in and around the District, Thursday through Sunday. See you on the dance floor!
Katrina Mir and I made it back from our crazy weekender in London in one piece. Great to meet so many Internet friends in person, and shout out to the Secret Ingredient and For Those That Knoe crews for throwing an amazing event. Grow Tottenham is a perfect underground warehouse space, so if you’re visiting London, be sure to check out events at Grow. A little bit off the beaten path, but all the better for it. Derek Carr‘s debut live set was one for the books, here’s hoping he makes it stateside and makes it to DC in the very near future! Fantastic sets from Jade Seatle, Ben Boe and Istanbul’s Rubsilent made for an amazing night on the dance floor, and with so many familiar faces from the We’re Going Deep Facebook group in attendance, it was a real family affair. Totally worth the transatlantic trip! Anyway, back in DC now, and ready for another weekend on the dance floor here in the nation’s capital. Before I get into this week’s festivities, here’s a new Meet the Locals podcast from relative newcomer to the Washington DC electronic music community, Dastan:
So what’s on deck this weekend? As always, I’ve included below the flyers for all the best underground events in DC over the weeekend, Thursday through Sunday, and Facebook users can click the section heading for each day to see a list of the even pages over on Facebook. Too much good stuff to get into this weekend, but make sure you support two charity events on Sunday afternoon. At Eighteenth Street Lounge, the Dear Mama fundraiser is helping support The House That U Built, Cadence and Overeasy Tea Dance‘s Annie / Vanniety Kills who is unable to work and needs our help. Featuring an incredible line up of local talent across three dance floors, this promises to help someone who contributes greatly to our local electronic music community. Advance tickets and raffle tickets are available over on Resident Advisor.
All right, all right… first of all, thanks to everyone who came out last Friday for Katrina Mir‘s debut on the club level at Flash supporting Dana Ruh, and thanks to the team at Flash for their wonderful hospitality. It was great to finally hear Katrina giving the Funktion Ones a good work out! Definitely one for the books.
Before I get to this week’s top picks, I’ve got a couple of exclusives for you. To celebrate the launch of Will Eastman‘s second album, Breathe, this Friday February 8, DC House Grooves is premiering the second track off the album, The Museum of Sleeping Pills, and we’ve also got a very special Meet the Locals podcast from the man himself, exploring the multitude of influences that contributed to his creative process while producing Breathe.
One of the hardest working and longest serving members of Washington DC’s electronic music community, DJ, producer and U Street Music Hall owner Will Eastman has been working on his second album for the past 18 months, and it features eight tracks drawing from a huge range of influences, from Classic House, to Trip Hop, to Disco and 90s Shoegaze, and has a worthy place in the collection of anyone who appreciates dance music and electronica. In Will’s own words, “While I was working on this album, my mother died and I faced a huge wall of family health issues. It hit me like a brick at the same time the United States started experiencing a political and cultural tsunami. Things are not ok in my homeland and it would be foolish to pretend they are. This album reflects that tension in its 8 tracks, from opioid addiction to our collective inability to tackle huge issues like mental health treatment and climate change. I put everything I have musically within me into this album,” says Eastman, “and the experience inspired me to share a deeper musical connection with my fans from Hilo, and to reconnect with people from all aspects of my life and tell these stories through music. Personally, I’ve been on a transformative journey this past year and a half during the making of this album, overcoming struggles and putting the new life experience I documented in Hilo to good use. I’m in overdrive.”
Without further ado, here’s the premiere of the second track on the album, The Museum of Sleeping Pills, a beautifully produced, tripped out, laid-back groover with trip-hop, jazz, disco & funk influences. Crank the volume and check it out!
Breathe will be available on Friday, February 8 from Will Eastman‘s Bandcamp page and all the usual outlets. If you’re looking for something new to listen to from a highly regarded local artist, grab yourself a copy on Friday. Support local artists! And if you’re curious about what to expect from Breathe, and want a taste of its myriad influences, check out Breath Inspirations, episode #75 of the DC House Grooves Meet the Locals Podcast by Will Eastman.
Will and the crew will be celebrating the launch of Breathe at the Breathe Album Release Party at U Street Music Hall on Saturday March 16, with sets from Will, Ken Lazee and Ozker. FREE entry with RSVP. You can also catch Will & Ozker this Saturday at U Street Music Hall at their celebration of all things Daft Punk, French house and indie dance, Rev909.
Before getting into this weekend’s shenanigans, a quick shout to a party coming up next weekend. Late Night Mischief is back with another quality session on the amazing Grand Ancestor sound system on Saturday February 23 featuring German duo Session Victim with support from Martín Miguel. Things have been quiet on the Late Night Mischief front lately, so its great to see them back in action again. Advance tickets are required for this one, and $20 early birds are still available if you move fast. not to be missed!
No time this week to list all this weekend’s highlights, but I have included all the event flyers below, along with links to all the event pages on Facebook. Just click the link at the top of each section. The big news this Friday is the return of Uncle Benny’s After Hours Express at a new location this Friday, with a smoking line up including Ari Goldman, Samantha Francesca, Benoit & Luke. Advance tickets have been selling like hot cakes, but there are still a few $20 tix left. Don’t sleep!
And the big news on Saturday is the triumphant return of ROAM at a new secret location. ROAM XXVI features Joy Orbison and residents Lisa Frank, Sami & Jett Chandon, with Team Zapata‘s Martin Audio sound system. The warehouse move this weekend! $20 advance tickets available now, price will go up on the door.
Here’s my full list of Top Picks, Thursday through Sunday. Seriously quality all round, everything you need to keep you grooving through the early hours of Monday morning. See you on the dance floor!