Tag: Karaoke History

The Mic’s Journey from East to West

For some people, karaoke night is a dreadful spectacle where people are compelled to sing in front of an audience while filled with alcohol and peer pressure. For others, it is the only night when they can be rock stars, pop singers, and any artist they want to be, with the help of a cheering audience and liquid courage. For a few, karaoke bars can be a place of nuisance, but for many people who have had a stressful day or week, it can be a place of emancipation.

Here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill, we keep our stage open, are plates warm, and our drinks flowing for everyone who wants to enjoy singing, drinking, and simply hanging out with friends through one common interest — karaoke.

The word “karaoke” originated from the Japanese words “kara,” which means empty, and “oke,” which is short for orchestra. The karaoke culture originated from Japan, wherein the ‘70s had people singing in public in bars and hotels as part of the establishments’ gimmick to order more drinks. This event became more serious in the ‘80s when people could sing in karaoke boxes with lyrics thru the help of laser disks. Fast forwarding to the 2000’s, the number of songs became nearly endless, the singing stages and/or booths became brighter and more colorful, and the entire karaoke experience became more enjoyable and advanced.

The Japanese see karaoke as both a culture of business and pleasure. Even until now they combine it with alcohol in closing deals and building relationships with important colleagues. For Americans, on the other hand, karaoke is mostly for pleasure.

Karaoke in the United States can be a form of blowing off steam, celebrating occasions like weddings and birthdays, enjoying the company of loved ones, and transforming into a different person with just one song. Experts say that many people are still getting hooked with karaoke because of the thrill of being part of the act and not just sitting and watching a show. They also say that this can be a form of a growing tradition for many generations. Many states like California and Colorado even see this as an actual sport.

In other words, there are many ways on how we can view karaoke. What is important is that we have fun with the right tunes, the right people, the right food and drinks, and the right place. For additional information on karaoke or about any event that we may be hosting here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill in Arlington, Texas, please give us call at (817) 649-1700 or fill out our contact form.