When it comes to DC nightlife, Antonis Karagounis is playing the long game. The Athens-born, business pioneer moved from Greece to DC in 1993. A graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and the George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters in European Studies, respectively, Karagounis made his first foray into entertainment at an early age: he launched Panorama Productions, an event promotion company, before earning his undergraduate degree.
Panorama also marked the beginning of Karagounis’ abiding friendship with business partner Pete Kalamoutsos, who served as music director for the burgeoning entertainment company. Over the next 17 years, Karagounis cemented his role as one of the most influential figures within the DC entertainment and hospitality scene: in 1999, he collaborated with Kalamoustsos to create Glow, a weekly electronic music event that quickly become one the most successful in the country. In 2007, Glow branched out into large-scale EDM events – including a 10,000-person Tiesto concert – with major area concert venues like the DC Armory. Karagounis has also managed and owned some of the area’s most engaging nightlife projects, including Lima Restaurant and Lounge, Ultrabar, Barcode, Josephine, and www.dcclubbing.com, a DC nightlife social network.
In September 2012, Karagounis and Kalamoutsos partnered for their biggest undertaking yet: Echostage, DC’s largest standing-room concert hall. In less than two years, the 30,000 sq. ft. venue has already welcomed internationally-renowned entertainment like David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren and Calvin Harris.
Pete Kalamoutsos was born and raised in the Washington Metropolitan region. Pete and business partner Antonis Karagounis met each other while both attending the University of Maryland. They quickly discovered they had the same passion for nightlife and dance music.
In June 1999, Karagounis and Kalamoutsos started a new weekly event called Glow. Under the management of Karagounis and musical direction of Kalamoutsos, Glow became one the most financially successful and critically acclaimed weekly electronic music events in the country. In 2007, Glow made inroads into mass concert events by collaborating with major DMV concert venues like the DC Armory. Throughout the aughts, Kalamoutsos became a managing partner in several serious nightlife ventures, including Panorama Productions (2003), Ultrabar (2005), Barcode (2010) and Josephine (2011). Kalamoutsos also played an influential role in creating a partnership between Glow and IMP/9:30.
In September, 2012, Kalamoutsos joined forces with Karagounis once again to launch Echostage. At 30,000 sq. ft., Echostage is the region’s largest standing room concert venue. In addition to notable technical and spatial components, the space also provided Kalamoutsos an opportunity to welcome some of the artists with whom he has deep-rooted relationships – including Tiesto, Avicii, David Guetta and Armin van Buuren – to the DC entertainment scene.