There used to be stiff competition on Miamis karaoke scene before 1998. In those dark ages, would-be singers who yearned to belt out I Will Survive someplace other than their shower had to seek out hole-in-the-wall bars or darkened corners of Asian restaurants for their fix. Thankfully, those days are over. All hail the reign of Kara-O-King, Miamis busiest karaoke DJ service. Thanks to his majesty, any aspiring singer-slash-rapper can cue up Trick Daddys Im a Thug and impress/amuse her drunken friends at a vast selection of bars and restaurants from Davie to Homestead. Wednesday nights are our favorites, because thats when Kara-O-King comes to our fave neighborhood restaurant, Sgt. Peppers Café (9005 SW 73rd Pl., Miami).
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Hidden amid Publix, Comp USA, and those new towering condos across the street from Dadeland Mall, Sgt. Peppers has already attracted a crowd for its jaw-stretching, meat-laden sandwiches and yummylicious salads (OMG, the Sgt. Pepper Salad with chicken? To die for). Wednesdays from 8 p.m. to midnight, the joint is jumpin with customers hungry for a different kind of sustenance the one that only a spirited rendition of Dont Stop Believin can fill. Domestic beers cost two bucks; wine will cost ya four. And there are weekly food specials. Long live the king. Call 305-670-7770 to reach Sgt. Peppers. Visit www.kara-o-king.com for a complete schedule of locations and events. But be forewarned: If your computer speakers are on when you visit that website, expect to be terrified by a loud video that displays past Kara-O-King performances.
Wed., Aug. 20, 2008