Karaoke - Five Roses Pub, Rosemont, IL

Elton John - Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me (-2)
Green Day - Basket Case
Guster - Fa Fa (-2)
James Taylor - Fire and Rain
Ben Folds - Landed (-2)
Ritchie Valens - La Bamba
Harry Belafonte - Jump in the Line
Blues Brothers - Hey Bartender

This is my first time at this place, and I am really liking it.  The decor is very nice - classy Irish pub with just a hint of Old West whorehouse.

They start at 8, which is good for us amateur singers who still have day jobs.  They're right by O'Hare and apparently they get a lot of business travelers.  Consequently, at least tonight, there were tons of people and very few singers.  That's perfect for me, since by inclination I'll get up as often as they'll let me.

In addition, the KJ is John, the owner of Extreme Karaoke.  He's got a good sound system and the best songbook I've encountered to date.

I intend to return.

old school

Tonight I had my first Irish Singing class at the Old Town School of Folk Music.  Someone at Davenport's recommended the place to me, and it seems like a good way to meet people and pick up some elements of technique.  I haven't really had much in the way of formal instruction, so anything will probably help.

The first class pretty much consisted of the teacher singing a couple of verses of a song, then the rest of us all singing it, and then singing it solo or in small groups.  We worked on

Little Bridget Flynn
I'm a Rover
Monday, Tuesday (Dia Luain, Dia Mairt)
The Lark in the Clear Air

I'd never heard any of these before, so picking them up was slightly tricky - especially the last one.  I will have to see if I can practice before next Tuesday.

Karaoke - Christina's

Guster - Fa Fa (-2)
Elton John - Rocket Man
Reunion - Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me) (-1)
A Beastie With No Name

This is a pretty nice place, with $3 Guinness, for those who are into such things.  I had a conversation with Rory, the proprietor, who mistook me for someone else when I walked in the door (it must be the hat).  Among other things I learned that he's from County Carlow in Ireland and likes Andrew Jackson best among the Presidents, except for his interactions with the Indians.  That's a little like saying one is fond of Hitler except for the whole Jewish business, but I will do my best not to hold it against him.

They run really late here - starting at 11 and going until 3:30 I think.  I only stayed until 2 this time.  I think it would make a good second stop on a pub crawl.

It's the same company which does karaoke at Bobby Love's, and they have a good catalog.  They are a little lax about letting people double up in the rotation on duets, but they are far from alone in that.  I will probably be back.