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/

Souled out ramirez

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 September 27 to September 30

Sorry about not posting anything last week; just had too much on, and couldn’t find the time. Gonna be keeping things short and sweet this week. Before I get into this week’s Top Picks of the best underground house and electronic music events and around Washington DC this weekend, I’ve got news of our next Beats Maneuver event. Hot on the heels of our season of summer rooftop parties at Public Bar, this Columbus Day weekend we’ve teamed up with Roots & SpiritsUDP Music and Vibe to bring you an epic celebration of real house music across two dance floors, featuring Jephté Guillaume (Tèt Kale Recordings, Shelter Recordings, Ibadan), Baronhawk Poiter (TNX), KayLaSoul and residents  Ramirez Andy Grant (yep, that’s me!). Continuing our tradition of booking quality, organic house music artists who you don’t often see booked in Washington DC, we’re super excited to hear Jephté Guillaume performing live!  If you’re not familiar with Jephté, get familiar! It’s going to be a really special night, and because it’s a holiday weekend, we’ll be going late, until 4am. So when and where is all this magic going to happen? Sunday October 7 at 12|30 on 9th Street NW. It’s a great new spot with a quality sound system and a great vibe, so head over to Eventbrite now to grab your tickets, and we’ll see you on the dance floor on October 7. No work that Monday, so no excuses!

Advance tickets to Beats Manuever with Jephté Guillaume

RSVP & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/293199721408134/

Beats Maneuver Jephté Guillaume

Sounds like fun, right? Well, before we get there, we’ve got to get through this weekend, and there’s a whole host of quality events to keep those feet tappin’ on the dance floor. Thursday night, celebrate Solomon Sanchez‘ birthday as he opens from Henrik Schwarz (Live) at Flash, then on Friday, kick off your evening at Sunset & Chill VIII before heading to the warehouse for SEQUENCE.887_Developer & Mary Yuzovskaya. Saturday night, celebrate 3 years of LENG with Martyn Djrum, or for the very best in quality house music, head to Baltimore to celebrate 15 years of Deep Sugar with Ultra NatéLisa MoodyDonna EdwardsThe Elders and all the usual Deep Sugar suspects. Miss you guys! Sunday, all roads lead to Eighteenth Street Lounge for Sam the Man Burns’ weekly residency and Sundays Rooftop with Detroit’s finest Norm Talley and Benoit. Can’t wait to hear Norm throw down!

Here’s my full list of Top Picks for this weekend. Click the link for each day to see the full event list over on Facebook.

Top Picks Thursday September 27

Top Picks Friday September 28

Top Picks Saturday September 29

Top Picks Sunday September 30

That’s it for this week’s DC House Grooves Top Picks. Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to grab your tickets to Beats Maneuver with Jephté Guillaume on October 7, a party you really don’t want to miss. See you on the dance floor!

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/

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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/

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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!