Editors' pick

Three The House Way

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Editorial Review

Three the House Way seems like a great candidate for the opening montage of a movie sequel. The three protagonists are scattered about, each engaged in separate lives that began where their adventures ended in the first movie. The leader, in this case DJ Sam "The Man" Burns, realizes he must once again summon the team for another mission for the benefit of the city's dancers. And so goes the setup for a Friday night in which three popular veteran house DJs reunite for the first time since they rocked together regularly at the storied Red and Sanctuary nightclubs back at the dawn of the millennium. Burns has continued spinning soul-saving sets as Washington's house godfather, and DJ Oji's releases on POJI records still make waves internationally in the dance-music world. Area appearances by Doug Smith, also known as one-half of the highly regarded production crew 95 North, are even more rare, which makes this special night of garage classics, soulful house and big room bangers at U Street Music Hall even more significant.

-- Rhome Anderson (May 2010)