Anyone thinking that DC is just all about Dave Nada, moombahton, Tittsworth’s dietary habits, U Street Music Hall, and emergent names like Nacey and Steve Starks, think again. DC’s history extends back to it’s Southwest corridor, to a plot of land near where the Washington Nationals currently play Major League Baseball. It was there, at what was until 2006 known as Nation, that names as familiar to the present as the aforementioned Tittsworth, New York-based DJ/artist/party promoter Roxy Cottontail, Jen Lasher and global superstars like Tiesto, Laidback Luke, Moby and others grew during their development at the club’s top party night, Buzz. It is in blending that club’s arguably ultimate vibe with an eye towards the present and future that the promoters of DC’s globally respected Club Glow party (it’s a favorite of Tiesto, David Guetta, Above & Beyond and more) Antonis Karagounis and Pete Kalamoutsos led a group that took over the former DC Star nightclub in Northeast DC in September 2012. When finished with renovations, the 30,000 square foot space was transformed into Echostage – a space with re-designed sound, LED displays and unobstructed sight lines. I had the chance to discuss the evolution of DC nightlife, as well as the venue itself with the two owners. The result? An intriguing look at one of the must see nightspots in a resurgent city on the rise.
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