(Editor’s Note: This post was published on 11 May 2014.)
Yes, it was the usual karaoke madness at Nico’s in Bloomfield (Little Italy) last night. Mike the usual DJ was still on vacation. Oh, he was there, but he wasn’t spinning the tunes or whatever karaoke DJs do. Xander, that’s Xander with an X was spinning the tunes. And Mike had a suit on!
That was part of the madness.
Then to show you what a hot spot Nico’s is, how it won its reputation as the #1 karaoke bar in the city (according to the Pittsburgh City Paper), Mike and I watched through the window two, long stretch limousines pull up outside and dislodge several young women who ended up taking over Mike’s table. It was a bachelorette party
They actually evicted him. Well, Mike is such a sweet guy that it was all good.
This is part of the madness at karaoke.
I reconnected with a woman who said she wasn’t going to be at Nico’s this Saturday night. We’re only at the hand holding stage and she says she’s leaving Pittsburgh.
The Old Soldier did his best Eric Burdon impersonation (I don’t just sing the songs) on Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood and We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.
The audience was into karaoke last night and the bar food smelled so good. I noticed that Nico’s has onion rings; but I never eat during karaoke because I’m afraid the food will lay on my diaphragm. Oh, yes, the Old Soldier takes his karaoke seriously.
One young woman chatted me up and I explained to her my theory of karaoke as performance art: that if you memorize the lyrics of several songs so that you don’t have to look at the monitor and can focus all your attention on the audience, it stops being karaoke and becomes performance art.
It was another wonderful night of karaoke madness. But I’ve used up my budget for karaoke (I still have beer money) and won’t be back at Nico’s until the last Saturday of this month.
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