Detroit house music auteur Theo Parrish is a Luddite who knows a thing or two about innovation. A producer and DJ who harbors a deep skepticism of digital “shortcuts,” Parrish openly lambastes file-sharing and laptop-dependent DJs. But far from a grump, the D.C.-born art school graduate makes rubric-smashing dance music that thoroughly doctors the standard 4/4 120 BPM prescription of house. Parrish’s innumerable remixes—namely his excellent (and largely unlicensed) “ Ugly Edits” series—extricate intoxicating floor-killers from Minnie Riperton, Etta James, and vintage disco; his own productions range from subterranean deep house (1997’s “Carpet People Don’t Drink Steak Soda”) to tweaked-out souljazzhouse&B (2010’s Sketches compilation ). There’s little predictable about Parrish, but his mastery of classic textures and vanguard lines keeps people guessing anyway.
Theo Parrish DJs with Beautiful Swimmers at 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. Free admission for 21+ before 11 p.m.; $10 after.