Under-21 club set to open

January 05, 2001

Under-21 club set to open

By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer

A new music club advertising concerts and raves is expected to open in downtown Hagerstown this month.

It could be the first club to come under a licensing regulation being considered by the Hagerstown City Council.

Anthony Giannoumis, 21, of Greencastle, Pa., and a student at Penn State Mont Alto, is the owner of Cabaret 92, which will be on the second floor of 92 W. Washington St.

Giannoumis said there will be no alcohol in the club, which will be open Friday and Saturday nights. He said admission will typically be about $10 per person.

Giannoumis wants to have all kinds of music at the club.

The term rave club is generally used to describe a dance club that features fast-paced "techno music." Media reports have associated illegal drugs such as Ecstasy with raves.


Giannoumis said that describing some of the club events as raves means only that the club will have dance music, and does not imply there will be drugs at the club.

Jan. 13 is a tentative opening date for Cabaret 92. Live performances by the band Devolver and solo artist Vanices are scheduled for Jan. 20, Giannoumis said.

"I want to make a place for kids to come," said Giannoumis.

He said it will be an under-21 club, but he hopes the proposed licensing law wouldn't restrict him to admitting only those under 21.

The way the proposed licensing law is written, under-21 clubs are prohibited from admitting anyone under 16, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Those clubs are also prohibited from admitting anyone 21 or older, unless they are club employees, entertainers hired by the club, or a parent or guardian of an under-16 club patron.

Also, the licensing law would prohibit anyone under 21 from entering an over-21 club unless they were club employees, club entertainers, or accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The proposed license would have a $500 annual fee.

Police Chief Smith requested the licensing law because there was no oversight for music clubs that do not have liquor licenses.

Smith said the issue came to his attention last year when a "rave" club opened for a few weeks on North Potomac Street across from City Hall.

Smith said he knows of no existing businesses that would be affected by the proposed licensing. He said the Cabaret 92 club probably would be the first to fall under the licensing guidelines.

Smith had no comment on the planned club, but said, "A well run club would be a benefit for Hagerstown. ... It would be good for kids to have a place to go."

"We're not trying to prohibit any (clubs). We just want to make sure they're done professionally," Smith said.

In addition to the age restrictions, the licensing law would require club owners to show proof of insurance and describe how they would provide security inside and around the club.

The proposed licensing law would apply only to nonalcoholic, for profit entertainment clubs.

The City Council unanimously supported the club licensing law in December, and is expected to take a final vote on the matter later this month.

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