2135 Queens Chapel Road Northeast
Washington, DC 20018
It’s nearly 3 am, the lights are coming back on and the closing act is finishing the last song in their set. You follow the crowd and make your way out the door holding on to your best friend/boyfriend/girlfriend. It’s late, you aren’t even thinking about how you have to work in a few hours or the lack of sleep from what you just saw. You are tired, actually exhausted and still buzzing from the excitement. It was one of the best experiences in your life at one of the top venues in the Washington, DC area: a night at Echostage.
After some extenuating circumstances and renovations the DC venue reopened in September 2012 and since hosted some of the top DJ s in the world including: Above & Beyond http://www.aboveandbeyond.nu/ , Armin van Buuren http://www.arminvanbuuren.com/ , and Tiesto http://tiesto.com/. (Electronic Dance Music or EDM http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_dance_music ). This is the birth place of the trance duo, New World Punx https://www.facebook.com/NewWorldPunx which include Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz. Located on Queens Chapel Road in North East DC, this concert hall is 30,000 plus sq ft, top-tier design with balconies on each side, and advanced LED displays. They recently installed LED panels in front of the stage for light shows which makes the performance ten times more appealing for the audience. Before its opening, Panorama and Club Glow co-owner Antonis Karagounis told The Washington Post, “The idea is to create the biggest concert venue in the tri-state area (DC, Maryland, and Virginia)… Something that will be used for amazing electronic music shows, but will be able to accommodate hip-hop, R&B and rock, as well.” Brightest Young Things (BYT) described Echostage as, “The venue that Washington DC has been missing.” Since its rebirth, the fame and popularity of Echostage has been growing fast over and gaining popularity, not only is it number three in the country, it has now earned its place as number nineteen in the world in DJMag “Top 100 clubs”.
You know when a celebrity goes back to their hometown and they talk about a special place they always went to for music? That is what Echostage is for me: ‘my second home’. I have had the privilege to see some of my favorite DJ s including Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond (twice) and Adventure Club https://www.facebook.com/AdventureClub. A place I have learned what EDM really is, to understand why people love not just the music but the atmosphere as well, a sense of euphoria, unity, and magic of seeing a DJ/producer in their element. As the “ravers” and “bassheads” like to say, “Nothing, but good vibes.” Every time I leave, no matter how late it is, I am the happiest I have ever been, the atmosphere and people are what make this space special. I have developed a connection with Echostage and from time to time, I get “withdrawals” from not being there. No matter who are you or how old you are, you should go experience one night at one of the greatest places on earth (in my opinion).
Editors Note: Hi everyone! Here are a few other venues/clubs around the United States that have the same kind of vibe as Echostage in case you are not in the Washington, DC area. BKDC, BethKaya Design & Consulting was built for artists and pieced together while chief creator, Beth was listening to a variety of music styles. We believe the relationship between music, art and style go hand and hand and we support and enjoy the eclectic tastes of all of our readers. Enjoy and don’t forget to stop and hear the music 🙂
-Kelly Hecht, Chief Editor at BKDC
Miami: The Electric Pickle Company, http://electricpicklemiami.com/
Chicago: SpyBar, http://www.spybarchicago.com/
NYC Cielo, http://www.cieloclub.com/
Brooklyn: Output Club, http://outputclub.com/
Denver: Beta Nightclub, http://www.betanightclub.com/
Los Angeles: Sound Nightclub, http://soundnightclub.com/
Las Vegas: XS Nightclub, http://www.xslasve
Chief Creative, BethKaya’s picks for her favorite venues. Check them out!
NYC: Le Poisson Rouge, http://www.lepoissonrouge.com/
NYC: The Bitter End, http://www.bitterend.com/
NYC: Mercury Lounge, http://www.mercuryloungenyc.com
DC:9:30 Club, http://www.930.com/
Virginia: State Theater, http://www.thestatetheatre.com/index.xml
New Jersey :The Saint, http://www.thesaintnj.com/
New Jersey: The Stone Pony, http://www.stoneponyonline.com/
NYC: Highline Ballroom, http://highlineballroom.com/
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bowl, http://www.brooklynbowl.com/
Nashville: The National Underground, http://www.thenationalunderground.com/index.html
*All images from Google