Perhaps you’ll never live your dream of singing backup for Luke Bryan or Ariana Grande. Chances are, you’ll never croon a duet with Justin Bieber or be invited to jam with Bruce Springsteen.
That doesn’t mean you can’t belt out “Drink a Beer,” or “Problem,” sing “As Long as You Love Me” with someone you can pretend is Bieber or act like you know all the words to “Born to Run.”
Karaoke allows singers all over the talent scale to “ride through the mansions of glory” and have “one less, one less problem.”
“It’s always been popular here,” said Linda Carr, whose business Carrarock Entertainment provides karaoke at several Columbia restaurants and bars.
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“We’ve got a good music scene going on in Columbia. This is a way for people to get out and feel like they are a part of the music scene.”
Carr updates a Facebook page, Midlands Karaoke Scene, every day to let folks know where they can find karaoke in the Columbia area.
And, to mark Music Month in Columbia, here are a few places you can belt out a few tunes:
Tsubaki Restaurant and Karaoke Lounge and Bar, 224 O’Neil Court. If you’re a bit shy about singing in front of strangers, this is the place to go. Tsubaki has three private karaoke rooms; a small one that holds eight people for $20 an hour, a medium for 12 people at $25 an hour; and a large for 20 people at $30 an hour.
You can choose from a variety of music, oldies to new music, and it’s offered in a variety of languages.
Uncle Fester’s, 522 Devine St. You can find karaoke here on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights. There is no stage, but they do have a karaoke area. There is no charge to sing.
Vista Keys Dueling Piano Bar, 700 Gervais St., Suite B-2. Start the weekend on Thursdays by heading to this piano bar with friends for karaoke, starting at 9 p.m.
Art Bar, 1211 Park St. This is one of Carr’s spots. Karaoke is from 9 p.m.-1:45 a.m. Wednesdays at the Vista bar. Go up on stage and sing anything from show tunes and hip-hop to rap and TV theme songs. It’s free, but you must be 21 years or older.