As you may have read in the past, Doug and I host Karaoke every Wednesday at Firehouse Lounge in Austin, TX. We now also host it at Shakespeare's on Tuesdays. Tazeroke, which started as a one time event, has now become a weekly event. Yep, we electrocute people every week with an 800k volt stun baton. Somehow no one has shut us down yet.
After Karaoke we always go to Magnolia Cafe. We've made friends with everyone who works there, but particularly two waitresses, Cindi and Kara. Since they're our friends, we want them to come sing Karaoke with us. But... obviously... they work on our karaoke nights.
The solution? Bring karaoke to them.
Cindi brought a little karaoke machine from home. We burnt a CD with some of our favorite songs and headed to Magnolia after Karaoke.
The restaurant was pretty full. It was the typical after bar crowd, plus a few police officers. I wasn't sure how much they'd like the karaoke. We set up the machine and began our first song - Shake That by Nate Dogg and Eminem. Todd provides a soulful Nate Dogg rendition and I rap Eminem's lyrics.
I can't sing, so I always do rap. Plus I don't like much of that non rap stuff.
Despite reasonably offensive lyrics, people seem to enjoy the karaoke. Even one of the police officers was bobbing his head a bit. They applaud when we finish.
Then DJ Doug kills it with Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash. He has a bunch of good songs he sings, but that's one of his best ones.
Todd does This DJ by Warren G. I provide a little backup, but I don't know the lyrics very well.
Finally my solo performance. I sing Hypnotize by Notorious B.I.G. with Kara and DJ Doug singing the chorus with me. One table in the back gets really into it and sings along from their table.
As people left they thanked us for singing Karaoke. Never underestimate the enjoyment people get from having something different happen to them.
Here's a video of me singing Hypnotize. We didn't video the rest, unfortunately.
Makes me wanna participate in Tazeroke! My biggest crowd-pleasers are "Don't Stop Believing" and "Billie Jean" complete with crotch thrusting and MJ dance moves!
Every Wednesday Doug (a.k.a. DJ Doug) and I host Karaoke at a club called Firehouse Lounge in Austin, TX. The main reason I do it is because I love doing gangsta rap songs at Karaoke, and if I'm a host I get to sing more. Plus all of our friends come, so it's a really fun little event.
But last week was more fun than usual.
When I found out that my friend Elisia had a police taser, I immediately went to work trying to think of a good use for it. After a short while, Taseroke was born. The premise was simple - two people would sing a song of their own choosing and whoever the crowd thought did worse would get tased mercilessly by me.
As I continue to do more shows, I've decided that I want to do a written record of each performance and how I think it went. My goal has always been to make each show either as good as or better than the last. Here is the first installment of this series. [caption id="attachment_635" align="aligncenter" width="229" caption="View of Cafe Coco from the bar."][/caption]Venue: Cafe Coco Date: 2/20/09 Start Time: 8 PM Opening Act: Vesta Rose Last night's show went pretty well. We managed to fill every seat in the room. I dressed up a little for this one and wore a very pretty dress shirt with slacks and shiny shoes. I wonder if people noticed my strange striped socks. Who knows? Maybe I'll start a trend. The band Vesta Rose started things off. Their sound has more of hard-rock edge and is pretty much a completely different vibe from what I do on stage. Quite a contrast really. They brought in close to half the crowd, and two of their members drove down from Bowling Green, KY. I was happy to split the small profit we made from the cover charge. The lead singer's vocals needed to be turned up. Than I came up just after 9 PM with my drummer David Sutton. Here is the setlist from last night's show . . . 1. Mr. Stranger 2. The Devil Prayed 3. Arabesque 4. This Is Love 5. The Gardener 6. Tears In Savannah 7. Karma Police (by Radiohead) 8. Villain 9. Shadows Dance 10. Fear We added drums to 'Tears In Savannah", and it sounded absolutely stunning. I wished I'd done this sooner. 'The Gardener' is one of those songs in my repertoire that I rarely ever play. For whatever reason, I always have trouble performing it. Last night, I decided to slow it down and scale WAY back on the end. It turned out beautifully. I think it's the best performance of this song so far. I'm glad I played 'Arabesque' last night because I think I know now what it needs. It sounded terrific with drums. The Radiohead cover was a scary one for me. 'Karma Police' is one of their iconic songs that is sacred ground to Radiohead purists and enthusiasts. I think it went over pretty well. The original arrangement of the song calls for several unusual chords. For my version, I went with a very basic and more melodic chord structure that was more aligned with the song's vocal melody, and I put more emphasis on the lyrics. Thom Yorke writes fantastic lyrics, and I wanted to highlight that. My drummer David did this really badass drum solo at the end. He totally rocked out. Somehow, I had trouble hearing my vocals from the monitor on stage. Fortunately, the audience heard everything very well, and so, I'd rather this scenario than the reverse. I ended the night with a humble request that everyone try to live with a little courage every day. Finally, I ended it all with a bang by playing 'Fear'. I really only should play this song with a drummer. Seriously. Well, that's a wrap. I love playing at Cafe Coco. It's always felt like home base to me as far as my music is concerned. I'd like to play a couple more shows out there before the end of the year. I wish I had some pictures from last night, but only one of me that I know of was taken. I'll try to get my hands on it soon. Up next, my show with Vincent Todd at Revive Coffeehouse in a couple of weeks. Have a great weekend folks. -gordo