Editorial: Tahoe teens have new nightlife option
There’s a new nightclub in town.
You probably know it as Tahoe Underground, the former 21-and-older club at 270 Kingsbury Grade.
This past weekend it converted to an all-ages venue – that is, for people 14 and older. That translates, of course, to no alcohol and a strict midnight curfew for patrons 18 and younger.
In a town roaring with entertainment for adults, the reconfigured venue is a daring, innovative step in the right direction.
According to owners Chris Hammett and Wende Dupler, Tahoe Underground will offer live music and disc jockeys on Friday and Saturday nights and a battle of the bands on Sundays.
The first weekend featured DJ Gibram, who served up a variety of African rhythms to get several dozen young people movin’ and shakin.’ Hammett expects larger crowds once the word on the all-ages’ club filters through the community. He’s also outfitting the venue with pool tables, interactive video games and will offer cappuccino, espresso and energy drinks.
“We’re trying to fill a niche and still do the music,” Hammett said on Monday. “We think we’ll get a better response from people of all ages than at the adult clubs. The younger people didn’t have a place to go, and they respond well and are more appreciative of live music.”
Hammett and Dupler want to provide less-violent music teens may not have heard before. Judging by the response they’ve received from musicians and high school students, they’re confident the new format will reverberate with the club’s patrons.
The owners are banking on money generated from a cover charge and non-alcoholic drink sales to keep Tahoe Underground on level ground.
We’re rooting for them.