City Paper is not for tourists
Fourteen years ago, DJ Will Eastman ripped a page from the D.C. punk playbook and hosted a small, obscure dance night with just a few rules: no Top 40; no assholes. These were the beginnings of Blisspop, the long-running DJ night so popular it helped spur the creation of Rolling Stone–heralded U Street Music Hall. Eastman will man the decks for six hours this Saturday at the party’s 14th anniversary, spinning a blend of hits that span Blisspop’s venue-hopping tenure. The U Hall co-owner’s business accomplishments may slightly overshadow his art—beyond establishing U Hall as the de facto DMV electronic music club, he’s organized and booked this year’s Union BBQ, launched a local music blog, and built a partnership with the 9:30 Club that brought local, virtually unknown talent to the venue on V Street NW. But Skrillex show afterparties and NPR accolades haven’t changed Eastman’s Blisspop formula: Saturday’s party will feature a curated assortment of deep cuts and underground hits played for as few assholes as possible. Will Eastman performs at 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $5–$10. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com.