The Scream Bus Tour is well underway with cities across the US being treated to some heavy hitting trance and progressive beats courtesy of Markus Schulz. On April 13, he brought down the house at Club Glow’s Echostage in Washington DC. This was Markus’s second event at the relatively new Echostage, the first being his epic 7 hour back-to-back set with Ferry Corsten back in November. And this bumper felt truly blessed to be seeing the trance/prog legend back in her hometown again so soon!
This was the second event I attended showcasing his new album Scream, the first being the Scream release party in NYC back in September. Being at Echostage and hearing him play again blasted me back to that sweaty night at Best Buy theater, tired after a day of bumping at Electric Zoo, but still ready to rage with my favorite DJ.
First, it is worth mentioning the experience that is Club Glow’s Echostage. At 30,000+ square feet, this city-based concert venue was designed to give all party-goers the ultimate clubbing experience. The venue hosts two VIP mezzanines, 60 foot bars flanking both sides of the venue, top-of-the-line sound and lights, and, of course, ample room on the dance floor. Although it is an indoor venue, Echostage feels more like a festival than a club event. No dress code means you’ll see everything from upscale suits and ties, to neon-decked ravers. And the open floor plan and high ceilings add to the festie feeling. A mere 8 months old, Echostage has been a rousing success, already booking big acts such as Avicii, Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Sander van Doorn, and many others!
We arrived at Echostage shortly before Markus took over the decks. We caught the end of The M Machine’s set, which in the short 15 minutes we heard covered all manner of EDM from trance to house to a bit of dubstep. Markus took over the decks at 1. The lights went down, and his track “Our Moment” faded in, immediately bringing the crowd into a frenzy. Throughout the night he dropped several of the singles from his Scream album including “Tempted” (ft. Sara Howells), “Nothing Without Me” (ft. Ana Diaz), and “Triotonic”. He ended the night with “Love Rain Down” (ft. Seri) leaving the crowd in pure euphoria and cheering for more. But alas, all good things must come to an end. I’d like to give a huge thanks to Markus for bringing the Scream Tour to DC, and to Club Glow for putting on yet another wild event. I look forward to many more in the future!
[Photo courtesy of Doug Van Sant Photography]