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There are plenty of opportunities to dance in D.C., but let’s face it: There’s always room for more grooves. On Friday, local DJs Sami Yenigun (also known as Sami Y.), Chris Nitti, and Morgan Tepper (aka DJ Lisa Frank) will host their fifth Roam party, a growing initiative that’s shedding light on local electronic music. “These parties were set up as a way to help fuel what is a growing D.C. dance music community,” says Yenigun, a writer for NPR and music critic for the Washington Post, “and to give local DJs a platform to showcase house and techno that they’re into.”
The idea for the parties took shape in the Motor City. “Morgan, Chris, and I hung out in Detroit for the Movement festival a little while back and had a great time together,” Yenigun says. “When we got back to D.C., we started getting on bills together here and there, and the reaction that the three of us got was always super positive. That made us want to build something of our own. When I moved into a row house in Columbia Heights, I said ‘Hey, let’s do a house party there.'”
While the local dance scene is vibrant, late-night parties tend to shut down early due to noise. The party gets its name from a roaming concept, in which Yenigun, Nitti, and Tepper move the festivities to different locations. The first two parties were at Yenigun’s house in Columbia Heights; the third and fourth were at the Bardo brew garden in Northeast. This Friday night show, at U Street Music Hall in Northwest, is the first Roam in an actual nightclub.
Before you dance the night away on U Street, check this exclusive mix of tunes from the trio, premiering on Arts Desk. Stream it after the jump.
Roam V is Friday, Aug. 22 at U Street Music Hall. Free entry with RSVP, $10 door. Advance tickets required for ages 18-20.