Tuesday, February 1, 2011

So You Wanna Be A Rock N' Roll Star

This past Friday was reopening night at Cafe Nine, and grand unveiling of the renovations and improvements they've been working on for the last two weeks. Scenics Katie and Laura Fitz came out to admire the new bar, floors, and bathrooms (!), and more importantly, to see what this Live Band Karaoke thing is all about.

As we expected, Live Band Karaoke was a lot of fun and pretty much a brilliant idea. Dean Falcone and Slowpoke played the part of the live band, providing their wide repertoire of rock n' roll songs that anyone could jump on stage and sing. The participants ranged from actual musicians to disasters (we like disasters). Our favorite performers were this youthfully enthusiastic duo, who we've already mentioned in a previous post.

Speaking of CT celebrities, the singer of Dead by Wednesday was in our midst (and on the stage).

While he certainly had a stage presence and good singing voice, we could have done without his crude dance moves and frequent touching of his own crotch. Fortunately, conscientious Katie Scenic brought some "gently used" ear plugs, which were quite useful in this situation.

Musically, the band was fantastic, and although they have a list of songs to choose from, they also demonstrated the ability to figure out a song on the fly. When a singer seemed a little stuck, the guys in the band would provide helpful cues and backup vocals. The song choices seemed to mostly fall into the classic rock category, so we need to do a bit of brushing up before feeling confident enough to perform. But even from a spectator's standpoint, Live Band Karaoke was a lot of fun and we look forward to more of it!

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