DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 23 to August 26

Fun times in the Green Room at Flash last Friday! The DC House Grooves crew took over the Green Room for the evening, with residents RamirezKatrina Mir and myself (Andy Grant) going back to back to back all night long. We had an amazing crowd on the dance floor, and the music was on point from start to finish, sounding sweet as on the Funktion Ones. Thanks to everyone who came out to join us, and to the team at Flash for booking us and making sure everything went smoothly on the night. Can’t wait to do it again! The good news is, we recorded the whole night, which you can listen to over on the DC House Grooves SoundCloud page:

 

Speaking of doing it again, Katrina Mir and I will be back in the Green Room this Friday night, August 24, for We Dig Vinyl alongside Elliott Sloan and Symmetrical for an evening of wax gems from deep in the crates. We’re all going to be diving deep into our collections for rare and interesting jams to serve up direct from the wax, and I can’t wait to hear what everyone brings! I certainly can’t wait to bust out the crown jewels that don’t often see the light of day. In the main room, Fjaak and Antenes bring the technos with local support from Steve Kirn, while in the Flash BarDJ Meegs and Marko Peli join forces for another edition of Cider House Mules. Advanced tickets are just $8, but I’m sure I have a few guest spots available. Reach out to me through the DC House Grooves Facebook page if you want one!

Advance tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2zNWLa1
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1840298582944155/

Focus Fjaak at Flash

Sunday night, we’re back on the rooftop at Public Bar for our last Beats Maneuver event of the season, and we’re going out with another quality lineup featuring Canada’s Lyssa with local support from Sleepy GKayLaSoul and Katrina Mir. Huge thanks to everyone who has supported us over the season; we’ve had some amazing times with a line up of fantastic DJs who don’t often make it in to Washington DC, including Gigi TestaTrinidadian DeepMiles Maeda, DJ Heather and Rissa Garcia, plus great sets from the Beats Maneuver residents and local favorites including Team ZapataDJ NavJandro KayLaSoul. Can’t wait to close the season out this Sunday with another killer line up! As always, there’s NO COVER all night long, so the price is definitely right! See you on the dance floor of the Public Bar rooftop this Sunday.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/496675400797935/

beats maneuver lyssa

To get a taste of what to expect this Sunday, tune in to the WTF?! Radio Show with Lyssa this Friday from 5pm to 9pm. Always great tunes on WTF?!

Tune in to WTF?! Show with Lyssa: www.sugarshackrecordings.com
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2111096802488184/

OK, one last thing before this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks links. This week, we’ve got a new Meet the Locals Podcast from local favorite Jandro, featuring an hour of quality after hours groovers. You can catch Jandro next on August 31 at Blueprint at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club spinning an all-vinyl minimal set alongside Arthur Kimskii.

 

Here are this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks links, featuring all the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday. Just click the link for each day to see the list for that day.

Top Picks Thursday August 23

Top Picks Friday August 24

Top Picks Saturday August 25

Top Picks Sunday August 26

This is the bit where I usually write up my highlights for the weekend, but sadly I’m out of time. So much good stuff to choose from, but I just can’t give it all the write up it deserves this week. Playlist with Jubilee & friends at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday is always on point, and if I wasn’t at Flash on Friday, I’d be sure to be heading down to U Street Music Hall for Werk Ethic with Ken LazeeNick Garcia throwing down the very best house and techno from the 90s. Anyway, gotta wrap this up now. Hope to see you all out and about, and I look forward to closing out the weekend with you on the dance floor at Beats Maneuver with Lyssa at Public Bar on Sunday.

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC August 2 to August 5

Kicking off this week’s post announcing the lucky winner of the recent DC House Grooves Eargasmic Recordings free record give away. We had entries from all over the world, but the winner, selected completely at random, is from right here in Washington DC! Congratulations to Michael Anthony Thomas aka DJ T3k! Check your PMs. We’ll get the record over to you as soon as possible. Look out for more free record give aways on DC House Grooves!

A big shout out to the Grand Ancestor crew for taking things right up to the wire last weekend with the build of the Grand Ancestor 2.0 system! It sounded incredible, and I can’t wait to hear it again soon, and hopefully get a chance to play on it in the not too distant future! Other than the Grand Ancestor 2.0 launch, we took it easy last weekend. No gigs, no kids, so the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time at home getting to know our records. Gotta jump at the chance to take it easy when the opportunity arises! Some busy weekends coming up.

This Sunday sees the welcome return of ROAM on a BOAT, and this time around residents  DJ Lisa Frank and Sami are joined by special guest Rez Ekbatan for another musical cruise down the Potomac with the ROAM family. ROAM‘s boat parties always sell out, so if you want to book your spot on the boat, I recommend you grab your advance tickets right now. However, if you’d rather roll the dice, DC House Grooves has a pair of FREE tickets to give away to one lucky winner. Just click through to the entry form, fill it out and click Submit. We’ll pick the lucky winner winner on Saturday evening. Please make sure you enter your correct email address and name, as we’ll need to email you to let you know you’ve won, and you’ll need your ID to claim your prize on the dock.

I want to win a pair of tickets to ROAM on a BOAT!!!

Advance tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1133356
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/922687837938720/

Good luck!

roam on a boat

Friday night, the DC House Grooves crew descends on Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club for Jandro‘s Reflections for what promises to be a crazy night at  Jimmy’sDC House Grooves Show residents Andy Grant (yeah I’m talking about myself in the third person again), Katrina Mir Ramirez are joined by fellow Beats Maneuver resident Kochi and Jandro for a night of quality underground jams, open to close. We’ll be taking turns all night going back to back to back to back until they kick us out! Please join us on Friday at Jimmy’s for what promises to be quality family time to a soundtrack of the finest, deep, underground heaters you’ll hear in DC this weekend. Oh, and best of all, it’s completely FREE! No cover all night long. See you there!

RSVP & info: https://www.facebook.com/events/261138797800304/

reflections dc house grooves

Saturday afternoon, you can catch me and Katrina Mir throwing down quality tunes by the pool side on the rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel alongside DJ Meegs and Tony Smooth at the rescheduled Elevate Rooftop Pool party, which was rained off last time around. Hopefully the weather will hold up this time, and I can’t wait to play some poolside jams in between dips in the pool. Always a good time on the rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel! Advance tickets are just $20, which ain’t bad for an afternoon of quality music at one of the best rooftop pools in the city!

Advanced tickets to Elevate Rooftop Pool Party
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/968800816629274/

elevate rooftop pool party

Saturday night, we’ll be throwing down with the crew again on episode #30 of the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio. Join me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir from 10pm ET for quality underground house music served up fresh from the wax, live from DC House Grooves HQ in Washington DC.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1674880065968214/

DC House Grooves Show on UQ Radio

Right, here’s this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks links. Just click the link for each day to see the full list of events over on Facebook. Some great events happening this weekend, so make sure you take the time to explore!

Top Picks Thursday August 2

Top Picks Friday August 3

Top Picks Saturday August 4

Top Picks Sunday August 5

Highlights for this weekend include Sleaze Disco Heat at Wonderland and DJ W!ld with Markinthedark at Flash on Thursday, then on Friday, if you don’t feel like joining the DC House Grooves crew at Jimmy’s, I recommend checking out A Night at the U Street Disco with Sam BurnsMartín MiguelKeenan OrrBaronhawkOzker at U Street Music Hall.

a night a the u street disco

Saturday night, the residents take over at Flash for another Resident Nights, with an all local line up across all three floors.  For afters, head to the warehouse for V.Sions with Rhys SamsonRamaRasho and Enzo delivering the goods on the mighty Grand Ancestor 2.0 sound system.

vsions warehouse party

Sunday brings another edition of The House that U Built at El Techo with the mighty Sam Burns, Kochi and Vanniety Kills. Always an amazing vibe at THTUB! Then head to Eighteenth Street Lounge to close out your weekend at Sundays Rooftop with  Aesthetic Audio‘s Keith Worthy and BenoitKeith always delivers!

sundays rooftop

Ok that’s all I’ve got for this week. I really hope you can join us at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club on Friday for Reflections DC House Grooves Take Over! You know its going to be a fun time! Oh, and did I mention Beats Maneuver is back next Sunday on August 12? That’s right! We’re bringing NYC’s finest Rissa Garcia to Washington DC to rock the rooftop at Public Bar. Check back next week for full details. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC July 19 to July 22

Big thanks to everyone who came out to Beats Maneuver with DJ Heather and Team Zapata on Sunday! Another super fun time on the rooftop at Public Bar! We’re taking a few weeks off with Beats Maneuver, but we’ll be back on Sunday August 12 with an epic line up hosted by New York’s finest Rissa Garcia, making her Washington DC debut. Not to be missed! I also want to give a big shout out to DJ Soul for last Saturday’s Skate Fever! at  Anacostia Skate Pavilion. An amazing idea, and whole lot of fun! Great sets from Hot CoffeeKatrina MirDJ SoulBenoit, and it was nothing short of amazing seeing  Katrina Mir throw down a DJ set in roller skates! The next Skate Fever! is on September 3, so mark it in your calendar, dust off your roller skates, and get ready to groove at the roller disco. And if you don’t have skates, don’t worry! Skate rentals at the Anacostia Skate Pavilion are 100% free.

Ok, on to this weekend. Got a bunch of gigs to get ready for this weekend, so will have to make this quick. Friday night, Katrina Mir and I will be opening up the room at U Street Music Hall for Anthony Naples and local heroes Rush Plus at what promises to be an amazing night of music. Spinning at U Street Music Hall is always a joy, and we can’t wait to set the tone for the evening. Tickets are just $10, in advance or on the door. Hope to see you there!

Advance tickets Anthony Naples at U Street Music Hall
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2308574016036132/

anthony naples u street music hall

Then on Saturday, we’re at it again, bringing the sunny disco vibes to the rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel at the Elevate Rooftop Pool Party alongside Zamkov and Tony Smooth. The perfect way to spend your Saturday afternoon and evening, dancing, sipping cocktails by the pool on the rooftop as the sun sets, with the sound track provided by a solid line up of local talent. Needle drops at 2pm, so grab your bathing suit and your sunscreen, and we’ll see you on the rooftop by the pool.

Elevate Rooftop Pool Party Advance Tickets
RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1982107195183829/

elevate rooftop pool party

Saturday night, we’ll be at it again on the DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio with the always amazing DJ Ramirez (Roots & Spirits). The show kicks off at 10pm ET, and you know what to expect: quality, deep, underground tunes served up fresh from the wax.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: Underground Quality Radio
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/661669774177168

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One last thing before this week’s DC House Grooves Top Pick links, a new Meet the Locals podcast from Steve Kirn. A welcome change of pace from recent mixes on the podcast, this one is 80 minutes of hypnotic dark techno, not too fast, just the way we like it.

 

You can catch Steve Kirn next at Blueprint featuring Monix alongside Sequence‘s Ron Jackson at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club on July 28.

OK, on to this week’s DC House Grooves Top Pick links. Just click the link for each day to see my list of events for each day. Wish I had time to compile them all here, but there’s just so many great events happening these days, I just don’t have enough hours in the day to list them all here.

Top Picks Thursday July 19

Top Picks Friday July 20

Top Picks Saturday July 21

Top Picks Sunday July 22

Highlights for Thursday include Playlist with Jubilee Hakob at Eighteenth Street Lounge and Headroom followed by Cadence with Total Science Bachelors of Science and West Coast legend Onionz at Flash. Serious business all round!

cadence total science

Friday night we’ll be getting down with Rush Plus and Anthony Naples at U Street Music Hall, but later on we’ll be heading over to wish Uncle Benny a very happy 35th birthday at Uncle Benny’s 35th Birthday Express with Detroit’s Daniel AndresBenoit at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. I mean, just look at the flyer… I mean, you’ve got to, right?

uncle bennys daniel andres

For after hours action on Friday, head to the warehouse for Sequence.734 with   ErikaSophia SazeArthur Kimskii  Associate. Always an amazing crowd at Sequence, real techno for the heads. Advance tickets recommended.

sequence 734

Saturday, there’s just too much to choose from: Eddie C at Darkroom in Baltimore, Deep Sugar Artscape Marathon Session with Ultra NatéLisa MoodyWayne Davis and Mookie Brock at Factory 17BaltimoreSarah Myers all night long at El TechoThe NeedlExchange with In Training on the Grand Ancestor sound system everyone’s favorite warehouse location, DMV Deep‘s inaugural shindig at U Street Music Hall and Jake the Rapper at Flash, and that’s not even everything. You’re gonna need to make some tough decisions! Eddie C is always on point, but if you can’t deal with the trip to Baltimore, I’d say you can’t go wrong with The NeedlExchange with In Training on the Grand Ancestor sound system.

tnx in training

Sunday is an easy choice: house heads head to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sundays Rooftop with Javonntte (live), Daniel AndresBenoitJavonntte‘s one of the most prolific producers of quality house music right now, and every one of his releases is an instant purchase for me. Always a Javonntte release in my bag! Can’t wait to see what he’s got lined up for us on the patio at ESL this Sunday.

sundays rooftop javonntte

…and if you’re looking for a Sunday dose of techno, head to Public Bar for  Younan Music‘s Rooftop Sessions with BorisSaeed Younan and Oliver Caine. Always a good time on the rooftop at Public Bar!

boris saeed younan public

Right.. gotta sign off now. Need to pick out records for Friday night and get some tracks ripped for Saturday. There’s so many more great parties this weekend that I just don’t have time to give the attention they deserve, so make sure you check the Top Pick links above, and apologies if I haven’t covered your party here. I try and spread the love as best I can! I’ll be back with more DC House Grooves Top Picks next week, same time same place. See you on the dance floor!

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC June 28 to July 4

Four years ago, as 4th July weekend approached, I decided to write a post on DC House Grooves summarizing all the best events happening over the holiday weekend. Since that first post, I’ve posted pretty much every week, documenting all the best underground house and electronic music events in our fair city. Fun to look back and see what was on that holiday weekend, with Lost on ThursdaysROAM IVFlash of JulySoundwaves Boat Party and so on. Amazing to see how things have progressed since then, too!  I started writing things up every week not just to provide a useful guide to all the best events for people new to DC who may not know where to go, but also to provide a record of all the amazing events happening in DC, so they wouldn’t just become hazy, distant memories, lost in the fog of good times on the dance floor. It’s kinda fun to look back on the DC House Grooves archives and see what was happening on any given weekend. Just select a month and year using the Archives drop down in the side bar.  Anyway, here we are, four years later, and I’m still going. Not exactly sure why, but I guess I’ll keep things going until I know it’s time to stop.

So what’s going on as we approach July 4 this year? Well, we plan on kicking off our 4 year anniversary celebrations this Sunday at the fourth edition of Beats Maneuver with NYC’s Yuko JikidoJoe L and residents Katrina Mir and Ramirez. We’ve had some great times on the rooftop at Public Bar already this summer, and we’re just getting started! I’m really excited about this line up, to. Yuko Jikido is a headliner you’ve got to hear for yourself, bangin’ da box like there’s no tomorrow, Katrina Mir and Ramirez are two of the best DJs I know, each with their own individual style, but always delivering the goods, throwing down badass underground tracks all night long, with the icing on the cake being one of my favorite local talents, Joe L, a DJ who always, and I mean always, gets my attention and keeps me on the dance floor. The needle drops at 6pm, there’s no cover, and we’ll be housin’ it up until the lights come on, so join us on the rooftop for Beats Maneuver this Sunday to celebrate 4 years of DC House Grooves!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/236866293568551/

beats maneuver Yuko Jikido

..and that’s just part one of our birthday celebrations! Katrina Mir and I will be continuing the celebrations on Saturday July 7 in the Flash Bar, while power duo Giles Smith James Priestly aka  Secretsundaze bring the heat on the club level. Always a good time when the Secretsundaze crew come to town. Gonna be another amazing night at Flash!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/207392003407892/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1121392

secretsundaze

OK, I’ve got a couple more DC House Grooves Top Picks links for you than usual, what with the midweek holiday and the extra opportunities for throwing down that brings. Below you’ll find links for Thursday through Sunday, followed by links for Tuesday July 3 and Independence Day itself, July 4. Just click each link to see the full list of my Top Picks for each day.

Top Picks Thursday June 28

Top Picks Friday June 29

Top Picks Saturday June 30

Top Picks Sunday July 1

Top Picks Tuesday July 3

Top Picks Wednesday July 4 Independence Day

Highlights this weekend include Playlist with Jubilee & friends at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Thursday (can’t find the event page anywhere, but trust me, its happening!), then on Friday, I recommend heading to El Techo for Mazi and Friends, before heading up to Ten Tigers Parlour for Club Cuttlefish: At Ease, celebrating the release of Will DiMaggio‘s album At Ease on Future Times with a stellar line up including the man himself, Will DiMaggioMax D and residents DJ Freez and Sleepy G. It’s going to be a great night of music at Ten Tigers this Friday!

club cuttlefish

Saturday night, it’s all going down at Baltimore Soundstage as the Deep Sugar crew celebrates Lisa Moody‘s birthday with a line up including Ultra NatéLisa MoodyWayne DavisThe Elders and Michael Joyner, along with a live performance by one of my favorite house vocalists, Michelle Weeks. An amazing line up, make no mistake. Happy birthday Lisa from DC House Grooves!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1744454295653635/

deep sugar

Closer to home, Dig Deeper with BenoitArthur J and Dromme at Jimmy Valentine‘s looks like a blast, and if you feel like warehouse vibes, The NeedleXchange crew are at it again with Detroit’s DJ Holographic. Always a good time with the TNX crew!

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1967477700233804/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1118757

TNX Holographic

Also on Saturday, the legendary Stacey Pullen holds down the main room at Flash with local support from Alex Eljaiek, while down the street at U Street Music HallDimitri from Paris brings the disco vibes with support with our very own legend, Sam The Man Burns.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/199755523968121/
Advanced tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2G4IpzP

Dimitri from Paris

On Sunday, obviously we’d love it if you could join us on the rooftop to celebrate our four year anniversary at Beats Maneuver with Yuko JikidoKatrina MirRamirez and Joe L, but there’s a couple of other great options to get your groove on if you feel like bouncing around. Sunday Love at Flash features one of my favorite artists Janeret making his debut appearance around these parts, and Sunday’s Rooftop at Eighteenth Street Lounge  features none other than Prescription and Future Vision legend Ron Trent with  Benoit on support. Another great booking for Sundays RooftopESL and Public Bar are right next door to each other, so bouncing between dance floors is definitely an option, and just think of all that good exercise climbing up and down those stairs 🙂

On Independence Day Eve, District Drop Inn looks like fun, with Symmetrical making his  return to DC after his recent tour of his home turf El Salvador.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/160762104607200/

district drop inn

For warehouse vibes this Tuesday, check out Flash [OFF]. No word on the line up yet, but when it comes to Flash‘s warehouse joints, you know you’re in for a treat.

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/463707817412657/
Advanced tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1120820

flash off

Your best bet for Independence Day is to hope someone can’t make the sold out ROAM on a Boat party. Alternatively, you could check out Sundown with Jasper James at Flash. I used to know his dad back in Glasgow way back when. I can’t speak to Jasper, but his old man Harri is one hell of a DJ!

That’s it for this week’s post. I hope to see you on the rooftop at Public Bar for Beats Maneuver this Sunday, and I’ll be back here, same time, same place next week, heading into my fifth year of writing up the best underground house and electronic music events in and around Washington DC. See you on the dance floor!