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Find a karaoke night 

Sunday 
• Agave Azúl (96 Main St., Nashua, 943-7240, dinemexican.com) 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.  
• Element Lounge (1055 Elm St., Manchester, 627-2922, elementlounge.net) 6 p.m. to close 
• Yee Dynasty Chinese Restaurant (830 S. Willow St., Manchester, 625-5500, yeedynasty.com) 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. 
 
Monday 
• Fody’s Great American Tavern (9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015, fodystavern.com) 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. 
• Yee Dynasty Chinese Restaurant (830 S. Willow St., Manchester, 625-5500, yeedynasty.com) 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. 
 
Tuesday 
• Fody’s Great American Tavern (9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015, fodystavern.com) 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
• Hilltop Pizzeria (1724 Dover Road, Epsom, 736-0027, hilltoppizzeria.com) 7 to 11 p.m. 
• Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery (345 Amherst St., Nashua, 204-5531, tiltedkilt.com) 7 to 10 p.m. 
• Tropical Lounge (14 W. Hollis St., Nashua, 718-1606, facebook.com/thetropicallounge) 9 p.m. to close 
• Yee Dynasty Chinese Restaurant (830 S. Willow St., Manchester, 625-5500, yeedynasty.com) 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. 
 
Wednesday 
• Element Lounge (1055 Elm St., Manchester, 627-2922, elementlounge.net) 9 p.m. to close 
• Slades (4 W. Hollis St., Nashua, 886-1334, facebook.com/sladesfoodandspirits) 9 p.m. 
• Tandy’s Top Shelf Pub (1 Eagle Square, Concord, 856-7614, tandyspub.com) 8 p.m. to midnight 
• Yee Dynasty Chinese Restaurant (830 S. Willow St., Manchester, 625-5500, yeedynasty.com) 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. 
 
Thursday 
• Club Manchvegas Bar & Grille (50 Old Granite St., Manchester,222-1677, clubmanchvegas.com)
• City Sports Grille (216 Maple St., Manchester, 625-9656, sparetimeentertainment.com) 8 p.m. to close 
• The Farm Bar & Grille (1181 Elm St., Manchester, 641-3276, farmbargrille.com) 10 p.m. 
• Fody’s Great American Tavern (9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015, fodystavern.com) 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
• Haluwa Restaurant (Nashua Mall, 44 Gusabel Ave., Nashua, 883-6662, haluwarestaurant.com)
• Jade Dragon Lounge (The Commons Shopping Center, 515 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-2280, jadedragon-nh.com) around 9 p.m. 
• New Wa Toy (611 Mast Road, Manchester, 668-1088, newwatoymanchester.com) 8 p.m. 
• Slades (4 W. Hollis St., Nashua, 886-1334, facebook.com/sladesfoodandspirits) 9 p.m.
• Yee Dynasty Chinese Restaurant (830 S. Willow St., Manchester, 625-5500, yeedynasty.com) 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. 
 
Friday 
• Beijing & Tokyo (61 S. Main St., Concord, 228-0888, beijingtokyoconcordnh.com) 9 p.m. 
• City Sports Grille (216 Maple St., Manchester, 625-9656, sparetimeentertainment.com) 8:30 p.m. to close 
• Grand Buffet (350 Amherst St., Nashua, 881-9799, 350grandbuffet.com) 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 
• Hilltop Pizzeria (1724 Dover Road, Epsom, 736-0027, hilltoppizzeria.com) 7 to 11 p.m.
• Jade Dragon Lounge (The Commons Shopping Center, 515 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-2280, jadedragon-nh.com) around 9 p.m.
• Jonathon’s Lounge at Park Place Lanes (16 Rockingham Road, Windham, 837-6276, parkplacelanes.com) 8:30 p.m. 
• Nan King (222 Central St., Hudson, 882-1911, nankinghudson.com) 9:30 p.m. 
• Slades (4 W. Hollis St., Nashua, 886-1334, facebook.com/sladesfoodandspirits) 9 p.m.
• Tommy K’s (2323 Brown Ave., Manchester, 935-7404, tommyksmanchester.com) 8:30 p.m. 
• Yee Dynasty Chinese Restaurant (830 S. Willow St., Manchester, 625-5500, yeedynasty.com) 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. 
 
Saturday 
• Beijing & Tokyo (61 S. Main St., Concord, 228-0888, beijingtokyoconcordnh.com) 9 p.m.
• Grand Buffet (350 Amherst St., Nashua, 881-9799, 350grandbuffet.com) 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
• Jade Dragon Lounge (The Commons Shopping Center, 515 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-2280, jadedragon-nh.com) around 9 p.m.
• Jonathon’s Lounge at Park Place Lanes (16 Rockingham Road, Windham, 837-6276, parkplacelanes.com) 8:30 p.m. 
• Nan King (222 Central St., Hudson, 882-1911, nankinghudson.com) 9:30 p.m. 
• New Wa Toy (611 Mast Road, Manchester, 668-1088, newwatoymanchester.com) 9 p.m.
• North Garden Lounge (715 Mast Road, Manchester, 625-5099, northgardenrestaurant.com) 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 
• Yee Dynasty Chinese Restaurant (830 S. Willow St., Manchester, 625-5500, yeedynasty.com) 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. 




Take the Mic
Start performing live with karaoke

09/21/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 If you’re looking for a way to sing in front of a live audience that doesn’t require voice lessons or auditions, karaoke may be your best option. While many people do karaoke as a fun night out over a few drinks, it also appeals to amateur singers; it can be as relaxed or as serious as you want to make it, Manchester karaoke DJ Dave Martinez said.  

“Karaoke is the easiest way to pursue singing casually,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of people come just to practice [their singing]. It’s a really good starting point for any performer.” 
If you’ve never done karaoke before, the process is simple: First, you pick a song. You can think of one on your own, or the DJ may have a book of songs to choose from. Once you inform the DJ of your song choice, he’ll add you to the roster of singers. When it’s your turn, an instrumental backing of the song will play, and you’ll get a microphone to sing with. The lyrics to the song will appear on a screen for the singer and audience to see. Once the song is over, you can pick another song and rejoin the rotation. 
Karaoke can be a good way to practice not only your singing but also your performing skills and stage presence. 
“If someone wants to pursue singing, karaoke would be a great avenue for them to do so, because it gives them exposure to a live audience,” Concord karaoke DJ Mark Chown said. “It can help with stage fright if they’re nervous, and they can choose a venue that suits their preference, whether it’s one with 15 people or one with 100 people.” 
If you’ve never sung in front of people and are nervous about it, karaoke can be a great way to start. The atmosphere is relaxed and low-pressure, Martinez said, and the crowd tends to be friendly and supportive. 
“The audience will often sing along, and a lot of people get confidence from that,” he said. “It’s fun to see 100 people really getting into it and singing along. It’s like one big, happy family.” 
The hardest part, Chown said, is mustering the courage to give it a try. Most people find that it isn’t as scary as they expected it to be. 
“I’ve had first-timers come, nervous as can be, and once they get that first song under their belt, they’ll sing all night,” Chown said. 
“Once people get up there to do it, they’re converted,” Martinez said. “They’re instantly hooked and can’t wait to get up again.” 
 
How to get started
The best advice for first-timers, Martinez said, is to find a karaoke venue that you’re comfortable in, and to choose a song you’re familiar with. 
“Sing what you know and what you love,” he said. “You may not know every word, but that’s OK, because they’ll be on the screen to back you up.” 
If you’d feel more comfortable with the audience singing along, be sure to choose a song with a sing-along quality. 
“A lot of people sing slow, mellow songs, but if you want to get the crowd into it, you have to choose an upbeat song that’s popular and gets people on their feet,” Chown said. 
 
If you’re really good
If you want to kick your karaoking up a notch, try a karaoke contest. Most karaoke venues have contests from time to time, some of which include cash prizes. Be prepared, however, Chown said, for some stiff competition as the contests often attract more serious singers. 
“There are some very good singers out there who do karaoke. A lot of times the good ones have had other performing experience, whether it’s theatrical or in a band,” he said. “And I’ll tell you, I’ve hosted many karaoke competitions, and when people are singing for prize money, it puts things on a whole different level.” 
If you do well in the karaoke contests and want to advance beyond the karaoke scene, consider other performance opportunities. 
“If you think you have a good enough voice, get into a band or enter a local singing competition,” Chown said. “Then move on to a regional competition, and maybe you’ll have a chance to get on an American Idol-type show.” 





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