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The karaoke scene last night at Nico’s in Little Italy was rockin’. Nico’s has a small bar that seats maybe 20 people and a dinning room that seats around 60 people. Karaoke takes place in the dinning room and last night it was standing room only for karaoke.
Karaoke is supposed to start at 9:30 at night; but last night it started at around 10:30 because management decided to wait until the Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves baseball game was over. The game was on one of the televisions in the bar and on the big-screen television in the dinning room that’s used as the karaoke monitor. The Pirates lost five to four; but everybody that was there for baseball stayed for karaoke.
All kinds of groups have events in the dinning room during karaoke at Nico’s and last night there were two groups celebrating birthdays. So, you’ve got the baseball crowd, the birthday crowds and the regular karaoke crowd along with the curious all there to party. It made for a hip shackin’, finger poppin’, hand clappin’ and foot stompin’ evening of fun. The crowd would often sing along with the singer on the chorus of a song.
Most of the crowd was female and young and you know how girls just want to have fun; but last night everybody had fun.
And guess what?
Nico’s is trying something new. Mike the DJ told me Nico’s has karaoke on Friday nights now.
You know you can’t beat that with a stick!
Mike said that the Friday night karaoke crowd is a different crowd from the Saturday night crowd. Well, I’ll just have to check out Friday night karaoke at Nico’s, too.
The karaoke monitor (the big-screen television) faces the audience which means if a singer faces the monitor, his or her back is to the audience or he or she has to stand side ways to the monitor in order to have any eye contact with the audience. I’m happy to report that several singers knew the lyrics well enough that they were able to maintain eye contact with and to interact with the audience constantly throughout their performance which is the essence of karaoke as performance art.
I did my best Jim Morrison imitation on two songs by The Doors and a good time was had by all.
This is the Old Soldier reporting for Pittsburgh’s premiere online girlie magazine of commentary, pop culture, erotic fiction, things Pittsburgh and sex as art and entertainment.
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