From 2005 to 2008, The SOUNDLAB was the South Suburbs premier practice facility providing fully equipped rehearsal studios that provided a creative environment for musicians to practice and perform live.
Construction took place June 1, 2005 and finished August 9, 2005
The SOUNDLAB opened its doors August 13, 2005 and was established to provide musicians and bands with a creative and quality environment to rehearse. Musicians and bands would be able to practice for upcoming live shows, write new material, or prepare for recording sessions. The concept of The SOUNDLAB evolved as a result from complaints about the noise every time bands wanted to practice.
The concept of a practice studio wasn’t a new concept – many exist north of Chicago but never before has a professional studio been available in the south suburbs. The SOUNDLAB was open Sunday through Thursday from 2:00 pm to 12:00 am and Friday and Saturday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 am.
Housed in a full renovated 3,400 square foot facility located at 9623 West 194th Place in Mokena IL, just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, The SOUNDLAB had three spacious sound proof studios each equipped with the following equipment:
• Full 5-piece drum set with hardware and cymbals
• 2×12 120 watt Fender tube Guitar amp
• 2×12 100 watt Marshall Bass amp
• Microphone stands
There was also a larger room with a stage and lights which was used for live performances.
Our first show that started it all was September 23, 2005 with over 100 people in attendance.
The line up and order:
From Me To You
After 6 months of live shows, we decided to increase the size of the live room to be able to have larger shows and bands perform.
In early 2006, the smaller live room was demolished and and a larger stage area with mixing booth was installed. It increased our legal capacity from 73 to 283. The stage was 20ft wide x 18ft long and 3ft high with a loading ramp.
The shows increased from just the weekends to weekdays and the crowds grew. Bands utilized MySpace to have touring bands added to the lineups. We had bands come from all over the U.S. play at The SOUNDLAB.
Bands came from all over the U.S. from California, Texas, New York and Canada.
On Sundays, we had unplugged shows. We brought in couches and had a more laid back crowd which allowed people to see a different side of music which they normally wouldn’t listen to.
We organized multiple fests over the years. 3 day fest. All day Saturday fests with over 20 bands playing in a day..
From Hardcore, Grindcore, Post Punk, Pop, Punk, Metal, etc. Everyone was involved.
From 2005 – 2008, we put on over 330 shows. In that time, over 26,000 people attended shows at The SOUNDLAB.