Here’s a good look at the week ahead DC nightlife for February 7th - 13th 2011. This new weekly guide will focus on is the parties that appeal to people like me who enjoy clubbing. The dude that ponies up to the bar at the Irish Pub every night probably doesn’t care if a world-class producer and DJ is spinning at Lima on a Thursday night. So I won’t really get into details about the local pub scene or try to get you fired up about drink specials at neighborhood dive bars. That just ain’t our thing. But what I will do is look into the world of DC Clubbing and pick out at least one party per night that will blow your mind…or at least has the components in place to make for a sick blowout. I wish I could give you details on a hot party for Monday night, but right now I think we’re all recovering from our additional Sunday stupor. So let’s get straight into our Tuesday and move forward from there…
Tuesday – February 8th Glow Appreciation Night at Barcode
Every Sunday Club Glow will post a status on facebook.com/clubglow asking who wants free drinks at Barcode. The first 50 people, ages 21 and up, to respond will receive a $40 bar tab at Barcode’s Tuesday evening event with Glow. In addition, the restaurant and lounge will offer a 3-course dinner menu for $30 from 8:00 – midnight as well as half-off bottles of wine. Now, I wasn’t very good at math, but this is probably one of the best deals in town and even cheaper than the standard Restaurant Week deals. And if you’re quick to respond on Facebook, you’ll have a great bar tab waiting for you to enjoy. Now add in the fact that Barcode is bringing in international touring DJ Pleasurekraft to provide music and you can see why I list this as the best party. The ingredients are all there. Great food, great drinks, great music, specials and great people. Tuesday nights have never been better in the District. Visit Barcodedc.com for more info.
Wednesday – February 9th Ewan Pearson at U Street Music Hall
The U Street club with the ridiculously awesome sound system presents one of the most respected and in-demand Techno/Tech House producers, Ewan Pearson this Wednesday evening with support from Jubilee and D$auce. Ewan Pearson has been making records for a living since 1998. His remixes for the likes of Depeche Mode and Chemical Brothers have made him one of dance music’s most respected producers. He’s programmed for Goldfrapp and Gwen Stefani and his production credits include Tracey Thorn’s acclaimed solo album ‘Out Of The Woods’ and The Rapture’s ‘Pieces of the People We Love’. The bio goes on and on but you get the point. If you love dance music, U Hall on Wednesday is your spot. Visit Ustreetmusichall.com for more info.
Thursday – February 10th John Dahlback & Albin Myers “Myback Tour” at Lima
Both DJs are from Sweden. Both spin house music. Both have carved out their own place in the Swedish dance music pecking order. And now both are on tour and hitting up the beautiful Lima Lounge on Thursday night for your listening enjoyment. Dahlback is known for his techy and yet melodic-sometimes disco- esque basslines-that has become famous for moving a dance floors to epic levels of energy and excitement. 2010 marked the release of his 2xCD ‘Mutants’ album (October) as well a recent remix for Benny Benassi (December). Mutants is also the name of his new label, an imprint on the infamous Defected Records. Myers is known for his music, personality, and yes, the Mohawk, and it’s something that’s caught the attention of dance music fans around the globe. Just check out some of his clips on YouTube. His energy in the booth is beyond words and an expression of music most don’t get to see up close. Seeing the two of them together is like watching a magician pull a rabbit from a hat while telling a hilarious joke and hooking you up with backstage passes at the same time. Epic partying will no doubt ensue. Visit ClubGlow.com for more info.
Friday – February 13th DJ Enferno at Pop at Ultrabar
The legend himself DJ Enferno returns to the place that started it all, ULTRABAR! Back in the day, Enferno was an Ultrabar Nightclub resident DJ, bangin’ out the best tunes every week and tearing up the dancefloor. His talents were noticed by some big names, and soon he found himself touring globally with Madonna as her official DJ on the Sticky and Sweet tour!
His mixes are killer, his productions are bangin’, and his skills are unquestionable. Enferno is the master of the beat, and electrifies the dancefloor wherever he goes. Whether is a small nightclub or a massive stadium with 75,000+ people, Enferno lights it up!
Now he returns to his old stomping grounds to rip it up once again! So get the old crew together and come out to party at Ultrabar Nightclub DC!
Friday – February 11th Absolute Addiction at Shadow Room
I’ve got a secret to tell you. It’s about a private party that only the hottest people in the know can get into. Wanna hear about it? Sounds pretty cool eh? Well this is pretty much the concept that plays out every Friday at Shadow Room, the Foggy Bottom club that takes the VIP concept to a new level. Last week they had celebrity DJ Josh Madden in the house. The night before they hosted Jay Z’s tour DJ. In other words, you never know who might be behind the decks…but you know it will be one of the more famous mix masters in the business. And because this venue brings out some seriously sexy people, it has become the hot spot on Friday nights. Visit Shadowroom.com for more info.
Saturday – February 12th George Acosta at FUR Nightclub
One thing that never changes in DC is you can always count on Club Glow to bring in one of the biggest names in dance music every Saturday night. Be it Armin, Guetta, Aoki, Benassi – the top DJs in the world always save a date for DC. And this Saturday continues the trend with Glow bringing in George Acosta, a global trance music powerhouse. George Acosta was the first artist ever booked at Glow. He continued to be Glow’s biggest draw for over 5 years, outselling the current giants. His impact on trance is unparalleled. Whether it’s progressive, melodic, uplifting, techy, fast, slow, it doesn’t matter. George has affected the career of every trance artist today. No one can argue with that. He defined the sound of South Beach. If you really want to be apart of the biggest party in DC, this is the ticket you want this week and every Saturday thereafter. Visit ClubGlow.com for more info.
Sunday – February 13th Day of Love at One Lounge
Red Skies Party and One Lounge are teaming up to bring you a pre-Valentine’s Day party at the Dupont Circle venue that satisfies any clubgoers deepest desires. It’s a night of great house music and love. Okay, so I know some don’t get into the whole Valentine’s Day idea. That’s fine. But you love something right? Even if it’s just the music, you can’t go wrong spending a Sunday night with some good old house music from DJs Agent Max, Dan O and Pryanikoff. And here’s the kicker… Red Skies is providing a “Love Box” where you can drop a note into the box for someone you love. It could be someone you’re already in a relationship with or someone you just dig and would like them to know. Red Skies promises to deliver your message to the intended person, even if they aren’t there. So who knows what could happen. But the idea and setting make for a perfect Sunday evening party to close out your weekend. Visit Redskiesparty.com for more info.