DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC February 28 to March 3

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.


The other charity event this Sunday afternoon is Soul at Flash, featuring a line up of DJs raising funds for Jeannie Pilling’s Medical Fund. Free entry. Full info over on Resident Advisor, and you can contribute to the GoFundMe here.

Both events worthy causes, so please try and support if you can. Always better partying when you know it is supporting a great cause.

That’s all for this week’s post. Have a great time out there, and make sure you check back next week for info on all the best events in Washington DC, Thursday through Sunday.

DC House Grooves Top Picks Thursday February 28

Playlist with Jubilee & Ramirez
ESL Thursday with Jubilee & Ramirez
Pan Pot with Oliver Caine at Flash
Preview Happy Hour

DC House Grooves Top Picks Friday March 1

Jennifer Cardini, Barnt & Youandewan at Flash
Benoit & Hakob at El Techo
Breaking Boundaries at Jimmys
Sarah Myers at Allegory

DC House Grooves Top Picks Saturday March 2

Saeed Younan and Rick Wade at Flash
ESL Saturday with Karizma at ESL
LENG Beneath at Backbar
Andrew Garcia Bonsai Alex OS at El Techo
Constant Contact at Allegory
Deep Tech at Zeba Bar

DC House Grooves Top Picks Sunday March 3

Dear Mama at ESL
Soul Fundraiser at Flash
ESL Sunday with Sam Burns, 2 groove and The Metaphysical

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC February 7 to February 10

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.

Will Eastman - 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.

FREE with RSVP at: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1822535
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/245947119658888/

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!

DC House Grooves Top Picks Thursday February 7

playlist jubilee ramirez
ESL Thursday
Archie Hamilton and Nick flynn at Flash
Profundo Jahsonic
Preview Happy Hour

DC House Grooves Top Picks Friday February 8

Reflections Hugo Jandro
Desert Hearts at Flash
ESL Friday
Juan MacLean at U Street Music Hall
WTF?! with Kochi
Decibel Collective at Backbar
District Drop Inn
Sabeel Chohan and Matt Sosa at El Techo

DC House Grooves Top Picks Saturday February 9

Robag Wruhme at Flash
ESL Saturday
The Speakeasy Disco at El Techo
Jubilee at Allegory
Vives Unlimited Ben Jenkins Trevor Keen
Revolution 909 at U Street Music Hall
Confetti & Friends at Jimmy Valentines
Eklektik Elektik
Deep Tech Alice Clark

DC House Grooves Top Picks Sunday February 10

ESL Sunday
Bruce Bailey at El Techo

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC January 3 to January 6

Sorry for the late post this week. Just got back from the UK late last night, and didn’t get the chance to even think about a post until just now. Sadly not enough time to compile all the flyers this week, so you’ll just have to make do with links over to Facebook.

We’ve got our first DC House Grooves Show of 2019 on Underground Quality Radio this Saturday from 10pm, so whether you’re going out or staying in, tune in from 10pm for quality underground house music from me, Ramirez and Katrina Mir.

Tune In Audio: http://bit.ly/UQRadio
Tune in Video: http://bit.ly/UQ-Live
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/283846115648790/

..and if by any chance you’re reading this Thursday night, you can catch DC House Grooves Show resident Ramirez tonight at Playlist at Eighteenth Street Lounge alongside Jubilee. The best choice for quality underground sounds this Thurday night in Washington DC!

Here are the Top Picks links for this weekend, tonight through Sunday. Hopefully I’ll have a bit more time next week to do things justice.

DC House Grooves Top Picks Thursday January 3

DC House Grooves Top Picks Friday January 4

DC House Grooves Top Picks Saturday January 5

DC House Grooves Top Picks Sunday January 6

DC House Grooves Top Picks of the Best Underground House and Electronic Music Events in Washington DC December 13 to December 16

Another action packed weekend on the dance floor ahead right here in Washington DC, and, as always, DC House Grooves has you covered. See below for my full list of Top Picks for the weekend, and all you Facebook users can click the link at the top of each section to see the list of events for each day over on Facebook. Before you get stuck in, though, here’s the recording of last week’s DC House Grooves Show on Underground Quality Radio featuring three hours of quality underground vibes from me, Ramirez Katrina Mir. Catch us every couple of weeks on a Saturday night over on the Underground Quality Live YouTube channel.


Here’s my list of Top Picks for this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Whatever you choose, have an amazing time, and I’ll see you back here for more of the same next week. Stay dancing!

DC House Grooves Top Picks Thursday December 13

ESL Thursday

hernan cattaneo

jahsonic at el techo

DC House Grooves Top Picks Friday December 14

sequence 223 Takaaki Itoh

TNX residents night Hips fundraiser


focus ryan elliot

good vibes only at flash

kaylasoul luke markinthedark

Eli Escobar at Wild Days

Yola at Allegory

In the Deep at backbar

DC House Grooves Top Picks Saturday December 15

uncle bennys benoit kaylasoul cousin luke

ardalan navbox


No Regular Play at Wild Days

the deep state studio ga ga

dastan danny house el techo

DC House Grooves Top Picks Sunday December 16

ESL Sunday