Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events at www.goingoutguide.com.
The annual Forward Festival excels at bringing cutting-edge and underground DJs and artists from a variety of genres to venues across Washington. The highlight of this year’s five-day fest is Saturday night, when we expect a lot of club-hopping. A warehouse space in the Ivy City NE neighborhood plays host to Magic Mountain High, a trio that mixes drum machines, laptops and musical instruments to create a warm, droning version of improvised house music. Also on the bill: U.K. drum ’n’ bass DJ Krust, dubstep producer J.Sparrow, artists painting live and aerial dance performances.
Over at U Street Music Hall, veteran techno whiz Josh Wink tops a bill with local funky house DJs Soul Mob and deep house groover Chris Nitti. A few blocks away, tropical bass master/Moombahton Massive fixture DJ Sabo of the Sol Selectas crew joins All Good Funk Alliance and QDUP for their Sao Funky Saturdays residency at Tropicalia.
Magic Mountain High: 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. 2052 West Virginia Ave. NE. $25.
Josh Wink: 10 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. $10.
DJ Sabo: 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. 202-629-4535. $5.
More info: www.forwarddc.com.
The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition to see which of Europe’s 39 countries can produce the best pop song. (In truth, outlandish costumes and over-the-top performances have become as important as the music.) This year, with the contest hosted by defending champion Sweden, the House of Sweden is showing the concert live on six large, high-definition screens. (The embassy says this is the only place to see the competition in HD outside of Europe.) Expect a colorful party vibe with plenty of embassy staffers and Europhiles rooting for their favorite country. Beyond the TV screens, there will be entertainment, snacks and multiple bars. One drink is included with admission. As with all House of Sweden events, space is limited, so buy tickets in advance.
Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m. The House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. www.eurovisionus.eventbrite.com. $15, $5 for age 15 and younger.
The team behind 3 Stars beer is throwing a foodie block party Sunday at its Takoma brewery. While DJs spin summer dance tunes, you can sample six kinds of beer, including the juicy Two to the Dome double IPA and the rich From Russia With Love imperial stout; snack on barbecue prepared by chef Logan McGear of Smoke and Barrel, oysters from the Rappahannock Oyster Company and pickles from Gordy’s Pickle Jar; and try cocktails made with Green Hat Gin and Angel’s Envy bourbon. Tickets are $10, which includes a tasting glass and your first beer; the rest of the food and drinks will be sold a la carte.
Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. 3 Stars Brewing Company, 6400 Chillum Pl. NW. 202-670-0333. www.3starsbrewing.com. $10.