Live band karaoke returned to Boise May 9 with the first installment of '80s New Wave Karaoke from Todd Dunnigan, keyboard mastermind behind local band Popsicle. Participants could pretty much name any song and Dunnigan would wing it with a drummer. Though bizarre and occasionally rough at times, a line quickly formed and attendees got into the spirit of things.
Dunnigan will return for the next installment of the monthly-ish series at Red Room Wednesday, June 5. Red Room booker Wes Malvini says the series is currently only slotted to run through summer, so get your ya yas out now. Music from DJ Grant Olsen and Popsicle starts at 9 p.m., with live karaoke running from 11:15 p.m.-1 a.m. The cost is $2.
Also returning to the local music scene is the popular Boise Rockeroke live band karaoke series, which went on hiatus for a one-year paternity leave taken by band leader Chris Cullinan.
Boise Rockeroke's return performance will be Friday, May 31 at Red Room, where it will offer a several-hundred-song-deep catalog. (Full disclosure: I am one of the rotating drummers for Boise Rockeroke.)
Boise Rockeroke performances go from 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Follow-ups to the series are scheduled for Friday, June 14, Saturday, June 22, Saturday, July 13 and Friday, July 19. The cost is $1 at the door.