By Carina Green
I joined Relay For Life, Arlington, Washington last year with my sister, Marissa McKinney. Our group is called the Can-Can Girls. The name fits us for two reasons; We CAN beat cancer, and the items we sell to raise money at the event are all home-canned goods.
My sister called me a few months back, and had this great idea to host a karaoke night fundraiser. She knows I love karaoke, and put me in charge of the event. We decided on April 12, 2013 at the Whitehorse Grange in Darrington, WA.
By Ty Hughes
Darlene, Host at Lakewood Towne Center’s La Palma Mexican Restaurant, is the sweetest thing ever! She’s been hosting here for over a decade now, and her show every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday regularly attracts some of the best singing voices from all over the Tacoma area.
A dimly-lit lounge area with a complex floorplan frames the singers between two vertical columns on a bright, elevated stage, where Darlene works her magic. The effect is like watching a stage play without the pesky curtains.
By Dean McNeil
I see all types of self-promos, some good, some bad. While it is still tough to say how much they really help, some situations may be more crucial than others.
Is your band getting more work because you are friends with the owner, or because you’re just reliving your childhood youth and are inexpensive? Are you trying to make more money by playing bigger venues, or trying to make a positive impact on our industry?
By Gary Draper
April was a rough month for our great country. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their family, and friends affected by the recent tragic events in Massachusetts and Texas.
On a lighter note, congrats to all the 2013 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees. It was especially nice to see HEART inducted and finally recognized for their many contributions to Rock & Roll. So much musical talent has spawned from the Pacific Northwest. I feel very blessed to live here, and enjoy our world-class music scene.
By Ty Hughes
Ever since Stan Tha Man entered the building at 35509 21st Ave SW in Federal Way, Jersey’s Sportsbar has become the city’s party headquarters!
For fifteen years, Stan Tha Man hosted his show next door at the North Point Bar & Grill. He recently left the bar, disgruntled, and immediately worked a deal with Neil, co-owner of Jersey’s. His faithful following, the better part of two decades in the making, followed their lovable host, and integrated themselves nicely into the Jersey’s crowd. The bar is so full, no matter what night of the week, bodies are literally spilling out the front door until closing time.
By Rocky & Kristine Fields
Welcome to May’s edition of the most awesome karaoke publication in existence! So happy to find you here once again.
Recently, I went exploring in my own back yard of Arlington, WA, and discovered a very unique place to share with you. The Mirkwood & Shire Cafe, located at 117 E. Division St. in Arlington, is distinctly different and well worth checking out.
Upon arrival, you’ll notice the exterior looks a lot like an old castle, or an old church. As you enter through the front doors, you’ll find a counter on the right that serves smooth espressos, and delicious vegetarian and vegan foods. Yes, I said delicious!
By Ty Hughes
Whether you play an instrument, like to sing with the band, or just sit back and listen to some fantastic music, Thursdays at Dave’s of Milton should be at the top of your list.
Right now, you can join the iconic Bad Company’s bassist (2008-2012) Lynn Sorenson, for a live jam session every Thursday at Dave’s, deep in the heart of Milton, WA. Lynn is calling on some of his closest musical friends, some of the industry’s greatest local talent, to Dave’s for a heart-pounding night of incredible music jams, filling the bar with bodies and great tunes.
By Ty Hughes
Right in the middle of the super-swanky West Seattle Junction resides the best pizza joint you’ll find out there. Talarico’s Pizzeria serves up $4 hot and fresh East Coast slices with a nice West Coast flair during happy hour twice a day! Just out of this world pizza, pure deliciousness – you’ll never go back to delivery pizza again!
Talarico’s karaoke is rockin’ the Junction every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 9pm with host Aaron Smokes, aka: KJ “Smokey” at the helm. Everybody loves KJ Smokey, and he does whatever it takes to make his ginormous karaoke crowd happy.
By Sheryl Lindstrand
Everett’s 7th Street Pub owner and bartender, Sylvia, pours her $2 cocktails with penache. She invites everyone over for an after-work drink at prices you can get on board with. She professes to have the best drink specials around, every night of the week.
This location has been a favorite watering hole for local Everett residents for over 30 years. Big enough to accommodate your entire clan for karaoke every Friday and Saturday night, the 7th Street Pub crowd likes to sing everything from Country to Rock, Pop to Rap and everything in between.
By Ty Hughes
Radio 80 is a local standout band highlighting 80′s Pop radio hits from New Wave to Rock, including Duran Duran, Van Halen, Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, Ah Ha, and the likes.
Featuring Susie Fernandez on lead vocals, Marcel Suter on bass guitar, Rob Ride Out on guitar, Chris Taylor vocals, and Julian Vin on drums, Radio 80 is a specially, hand-chosen group of musicians comprised of several members from Sin City, a local Top 40 band. Showcasing some of Seattle’s best area talent, these guys are well-versed in several decades of music, and have decided that a great 80′s band was necessary in the marketplace. They were right!
By Ty Hughes
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 was set aside especially to pay tribute to a local fallen hero to many, Mr. Charles “C.J.” Fox.
C.J. Fox passed away March 16, 2013, and the showroom floor of his Northwest brainchild, Sound-Light-Karaoke, filled to capacity as his biggest fans expressed heartache and fond memories during their friendship. C.J. affected so many people’s lives in such a positive and incredible way. His influence runs deep, and his life changed others for the better.