- the band is so loud you can't hear yourself, so when it's over you have no idea whether you were on tune--you only know that you rocked.
- if you lose the rhythm or don't know when to come in, a member of the band will help you out for a bit.
- you still have all the words in front of you, but they're on paper so no one has to watch them go by with a cheery but incongruous digital background that says "Happy Birthday!" or "Aloha!"
- you're on stage with a whole band (Mr. Mister Miyagi was a 5-piece) so you don't have to worry about being the focal point.
- it's like seeing a live band, so everyone is on their feet singing along instead of sitting at tables and casually appraising you, and...
- it fulfills all your rock'n'roll fantasies.
I can't stress to you enough, dear reader, how fab this felt. As much as I love regular karaoke, I always have lingering feelings of foolishness and regret after an appearance--but LIVE BAND KARAOKE only left me feeling like the prettiest and rockin'est girl at the party. If you're in LA, please go (and tell me about it later). For those of you in the Bay, I've been doing some research and may have found a karaoke band in the Mission that plays every second Saturday--I'll pass along the info when I've got it. For now, go forth and rock.