Read the remaining Yelp reviews of former K Street NW nightclub Lotus Lounge and you’ll get the impression that the subterranean space wasn’t well-loved. Users complained about overpriced drinks, inconsistent door policies, and altercations that broke out on the dance floor. Now, in an attempt to revitalize the hidden spot on a corporate downtown block, the owners of the massive Woodridge venue Echostage have transformed 1420 K Street into Soundcheck, an intimate venue for fans of electronic dance music that aims to attract the biggest names in the business. It opens tonight.
While Echostage is known for its size (at 30,000 square feet, it’s one of the biggest nightlife venues in D.C.), Soundcheck is much smaller and plans to focus on sound quality. With an aesthetic look modeled after the storied dance clubs of the ’80s and ’90s and a new, state-of the art sound system, the space intends to appeal to dedicated fans who would rather listen to DJs than wrestle on the ground. As part of that initiative, certain evenings will be dedicated to EDM subgenres. Bass Nation, a party featuring a lineup of artists who favor bass heavy sounds, will take place on Sundays, while Glow, the long-running series dedicated to house and trance music, will relocate from Echostage to Soundcheck on Thursdays. Afterglow, another Sunday party, will highlight the underground techno scene.
Music aside, no club passes muster without a decent light display. Lotus Lounge had walls that lit up throughout the night; Soundcheck goes one step further and plans to feature a laser light show every night, in addition to the pair of giant disco balls hanging in the middle of the room. The venue’s not just for club kids, though: Two of the Soundcheck’s walls feature LED displays, perfect for displaying corporate logos of party promoters, alcohol sponsors, or white-collar law firms, because nothing says cool, underground music venue like corporate sponsorship. A private room will also be available for groups or anyone needing to close secret deals.
Because Soundcheck will be so much smaller than Echostage and feature much less scaffolding, patrons will hopefully be safer at the new spot. (Three have died at Echostage.) Then again, College Tuesdays, the popular midweek promotion for the 18-and-up crowd, will relocate from Barcode near Farragut Square, so debauchery and mayhem could reign supreme.
Renderings courtesy of Soundcheck