K is for Karaoke.
Karaoke is as much a mainstay in bars these days as Monday Night Football—but never both at the same time.
It has largely replaced live music in bars.
The reason for this is that the world has become interactive. People don’t just want to watch and hear other people play instruments and sing; they want to participate in the performance.
Karaoke, of course, provides that opportunity.
Until I started doing karaoke in my bar, I had never before experienced karaoke. The idea of it sounded, well, cheesy.
But the reality is something quite special:
You, the singer, are the star, backed by the original music of your favorites tunes.
Forgot the words? No matter, you can read them from a monitor.
In addition to entertaining yourself and others (assuming your voice truly entertains the latter), karaoke is excellent therapy.
There is nothing like singing your heart out to feel better. And you don’t have to pay a therapist $175 an hour.
Karaoke soon brings in a new crowd: The Karaoke Krooners.
These guys and gals follow the karaoke circuit from bar to bar, night to night, all around Santa Barbara. They live for karaoke. The moment after they sing a song, they scribble their name down for another, and another, hogging the mic as much as possible.
Get those endorphins flowing!
So you need a firm (but good-humored) MC to host karaoke and keep the Krooners in line.
When my lawyer told me he had a friend who was about to buy a bar and wanted some advice, I said, “There’s two things he needs to know: NFL Ticket and karaoke.”