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In 2000, DJ Will Eastman and his friends wanted a place to dance without “top 40, sleazy dudes and velvet ropes,” he says. A former punk rocker, Eastman wanted to hear music played passionately in DIY spaces. Since then, the U Street Music Hall co-owner has made a name for himself with his groove-mandatory, everyone-welcome Bliss parties, and the 14th anniversary celebration is slated for Saturday.
To commemorate the gig, Eastman has released a 52-minute mix of nocturnal jams. The DJ plans to play a six-hour set at this weekend’s show, with all ticket proceeds going to the Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation, which raises funds to research AHC, a debilitating genetic neurological disorder. (Eastman’s sister-in-law suffers from AHC.) Stream Eastman’s 4 a.m. Eternal Mix V after the jump.