The "bar" will carry all the staples of a teen diet: Red Bull, candy bars, soda and not a drop of booze. But then, there won't be anyone old enough to drink.
That's because when Club Bounce, a new youth party, throws its second bash tonightat the Carnegie building, every patron will be of high school age.
And what better timing? With the death of 17-year-old Taleshia Ford at a Northwest nightclub last month, a push has been ignited in the District to ban underage partyers from venues that serve liquor.
Organizers are quick to insist that this is no go-go; the sounds of hip-hop, R&B, house, reggae and pop will fill the air (because of the ubiquity of go-go in the area, Club Bounce, for the most part, will steer away from it). And everyone has to get lost by midnight.
Behind the party is the mother-daughter team of 13-year-old District resident Aliah Allen and Traci Allen, owner of an entertainment company that, among other things, plans parties. Aliah lobbied her mother for months (Traci says you might call it "pestered") to host a dance party for ninth through 12th grades, and for Traci, it seemed like a no-brainer.
"I have to selfishly say that when Aliah came to me with this, it was just another opportunity for me to watch her," Traci says. The primary goal is to provide a safe, supervised space for many teens -- not just Aliah -- to party.
To up the interest level further, Club Bounce, which will "bounce" from venue to venue (it was at the Washington Plaza hotel last month), gets a hand from a handful of teenagers who tap the promotional wonders of fliers and MySpace to help spread the word.
The cover is an allowance-busting $15. (Upon request, parents are allowed a quick tour to scope out the scene.) 8 p.m.-midnight. 801 K St. NW.
-- Lavanya Ramanathan