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X 3 (Esl Music)

  1. 1. Eighteenth Street Lounge Dancing & Clubs Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) has remained one of Washington’s premier clubs to hear vintage dance music and great classic jazz. ESL was founded by Eric Hilton of internationally known deep-house DJ duo the Thievery Corporation. The ESL transformed from an underground nightspot to king of DC’s neo-lounge culture. Prior to opening the Lounge, Hilton along with fellow deejay, Farid Ali had been producing parties and various music events in Washington DC. In 1995, along with their friend and two-bit hustler, Abdul Jewayni, they opened the Lounge. Occupying the top three floors of a turn-of-the-century mansion, located just below Dupont Circle, the Lounge is a fantastic space. All three fireplaces are still used in the winter and the deck is in full swing every summer. While the music label has grown into it’s own building nearby, the Lounge still remains true to its roots as a space owned by the deejays and solely dedicated to the eclectic music that ESL has become known for. Through the years, the Lounge has never advertised or even put a sign on its door. Its success is due completely W to word-of-mouth. It’s possible to walk in ith a wide ranging soundtrack including one evening and find Thievery Corporation, Italian bossa beats, Middle Eastern melo- Boozoo Bajou, or maybe even Federico dies and Indian rhythms the Eighteenth Street Aubele at the decks. No nights are hyped Lounge quickly became a gathering place for at the Lounge and you never know who you musicians and the international crowd that call might see. Washington DC their home. So it’s not surpris- ing that part-owner Eric Hilton and Rob Garza met at the Lounge in 1996. The two formed Tel +1. 202.466.3922 the duo Thievery Corporation and created the www.ESLmusic.com Eighteenth Street Lounge Music label. 317 Best of DC Best of DC 318

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