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The D.C. Armory is huge. With its 90-foot ceilings and enough room for 10,000 people on its 80,000-square-foot, all-wood dance floor, it’s certainly big enough to hold a rave. But for its fifth event in the venue, Energize, area party mastermind Ultraworld has gained access to the Armory’s 40-foot-ceilinged basement as well, making for one of the biggest indoor raves on the East Coast. The extra space allows for four rooms of simultaneous music; jungle-room standouts will include scene grandpa Grooverider alongside fresh faces Dara and Dieselboy, while chill-out area must-hears will include illbient pioneers We, and electronica trailblazer Derrick Carter will hold down the house party. In the main area, people will be clamoring to hear Detroit techno kingpin Carl Craig’s Paperclip People, but check out hard trancer T-1000 (aka Alan Oldham), too. It was his late-’80s Detroit radio show that introduced the city’s premier music to the suburban masses—myself included. From noon-midnight at the D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. NE. $35. (202) 547-9077. (Christopher Porter)