Sound Lounge ‘Soundcheck’ Opens on K Street

Soundcheck owners address the crowd - by Joy Asico

The owners of Soundcheck — the same team that brought DC Echostage, Ultrabar, Barcode — opened the city’s newest accoustics-inspired venue last week.  Soundcheck, a no-frills nod to the ’80s and ’90s club decades, replaces the former Lotus Lounge nightclub on K Street.

Soundcheck co-owners Pete Kalamoutsos and Antonis Karagounis with Washington Capitals players and Win Sheridan by Joy Asico
Soundcheck Partner Pete Kalamoutsos, Soundcheck Managing Partner Antonis Karagounis, Washington Capitals Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov, and Soundcheck Partner Win Sheridan

The space’s design is old school, but its electronics are not, boasting a state-of-the-art $250,000 German-imported d&b audiotechnik Y-series sound system. Cork hardwood floors and ultra-thick surrounding soundproof foam help guests feel they are listening in at a recording session; acoustics are designed specifically to reflect a recording studio in a nightclub setting.  But the smaller space also comes with a capacity of about 300, so there’s the potential for some musical mayhem.

A Washington Capitals Liam O'brien and guest by Joy Asico
Washington Capitals player Liam O’Brien and Maya Kapouranis

Add in the over 85 illuminating lighting fixtures and a nightly laser light show — plus those two jumbo hanging dance floor disco balls — and Soundcheck spins onto center stage for Washingtonians looking for an almost-concert night out.

While DJ EPX spun to the invite-only opening party, guests enjoyed hor d’oeuvres like watermelon cubes with feta mousse and chatted about the upcoming Soundcheck calendar that includes heavy-hitting DJs like Pete Tong and Cedric Gervais. For the troopers in the crowd, the more immediate focus was London-based DJ, Kryder, who hit the stage around midnight after the club opened its doors to the general public. Lots of fist pumping ensued.

Haley Moyers - Connie Thai - Robbie Buck - Aylin Sevgili by Joy Asico
Haley Moyers, Connie Thai, Robbie Buck and Aylin Sevgili

Among those in attendance at the venue’s opening were partners Antonis Karagounis, Pete KalamoutsosWin Sheridan, Jimmy Marmaras and Arman Amirshahi joined by M.C. Dean CEO Bill Dean, A-Town Bar & Grill and Don Tito owner Scott Parker, Washington Capitals players Evgeny KuznetsovDmitry Orlov, Stan Galiev and Liam O’Brien.

Dr. Lily Talakoub - Angela Diba - Silvia Karagounis - Maria Adoremos by Joy Asico
Dr. Lily Talakoub, Angela Diba, Silvia Karagounis and Maria Adoremos

Photo credit: Joy Asico