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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Cook 'N' Jacks

Last thursday night I went to a bar named Cook 'N' Jacks in Scottsdale, Arizona for their karaoke show. Cook 'N' Jack's took over the spot briefly occupied by Harry's Strip Club.
The Jack is Jack Heistand, a retired interactive-video-software magnate, and Cook is entertainer Bobby Cook. They're aiming to reproduce the feel of a 1940s-50s supper club. The karaoke there is different from any other I've ever attended. To start with, the singers get to stand on an actual stage, complete with red velvet curtains behind and bright spotlights above. Also on the stage was a fullsized piano, a set of drums and a couple of back up singers to help the performers. Talented audience members got up on the stage and played the instruments while the singers were singing. The public is also invited to attend every night, and bring their own instruments with them. Getting on that stage and singing to the darkened house was a real experience- it was like being in a real band. I think this is the new wave of karaoke-- hopefully this trend will spread and karaoke as we know it will change forever.


Blogger =^..^= Kitty =^..^= said...

It's a lot different being on a stage singing karaoke than being in a bar. Most folks don't realize that when you're on a "real" stage, you can't see the audience, which really takes away the "butterflies." Now, if they could just have a stage set up with a shower.....

8:28 AM

Blogger Matt ATL said...

Dustin just got back from Vegas, and he said their Karaoke is very hard core there, too. They had live bands and if you could not sing, you were booed off the stage. Doesn't sound like a good time to me. Karaoke is supposed to be fun and amatureish - if we could all sing, we'd have record deals. I'll stick with little hole in the wall Karaoke places.

10:13 AM

Blogger =^..^= Kitty =^..^= said...

Matt, I'd have to agree. I'd never sign up for a "Gong Show." Eeeeek!
P.S. When are we ever going to see you two again????????

8:39 AM


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