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Karaoke Albuquerque 6-1-14
The Damn Bar in Rio Rancho recently brought karaoke back on Monday nights with Kammo, they also do it in house on Thursday nights with Jesse. They start after whatever event is going on that night.
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THE DAMN BAR adds Thursday Nights
After a five year run with Kammo's Karaoke Maloney's changed management and called it quits. Maloney's no longer has karaoke on Wednesday nights.
The MCM Elegante has brought karaoke back on Friday nights from 7-9 with DJ Sidekick.
LUCKY 66 BOWL & VOLLEYBALL adds Wednesday's
Lucky 66 Bowl & Volleyball has added Wednesday nights to their Friday and Saturday nights of karaoke. Drop in a pay a visit to Felicia (aka DJ Flaii) previously from Live Mic.
Leo's no longer has karaoke on Friday nights in the $2 bar. They still have it on Monday's and Thursday's with Allan Estrada.
FOX n HOUND back on Wednesday's
Fox n Hound is bringing back their Fox Icon Contest. They will have open karaoke for two weeks and then begin the contest.
FITO no longer at Malarky's
Fito, aka Rock Star Karaoke is no longer hosting at Malarky's on Wednesday's as he has gotten very busy with his band Shit Happens. Kammo can now be found there on Wednesday's
Most of us have heard of the Sound Choice Police and they’re coming to get ya! Especially if you are a KJ, you probably have heard of them.
In case you haven’t, this refers to the owners of Sound Choice, sending out secret agents to check on KJ’s during their shows to see if they are using their music tracks for commercial use. If you’ve been singing for a while, then you know Sound Choice is the most popular tracks around.
You see, when Sound Choice began creating karaoke tracks, their licenses that they bought to use the music were not approved for public demonstration, therefore every time one is used for public karaoke it is copyright & trademark infringement, how crazy is that? Karaoke has been in the American bars for over 30 years, that’s where people go to have fun, it’s ok to sing alone in your living room, or at your 13 year old daughter’s birthday party….I guess….
Sound Choice should have known (and I’m sure they did) their tracks would be used for commercial use in bars. About 5 years ago, Sound Choice began loosing money; people were no longer ordering their CDG’s as the new age of digital download completely took over. All of the sudden a handful of people were selling hard drives with tens of thousands of tracks on a hard drive. Sound Choice decided to make money through lawsuits. They began going to venues and requiring KJ’s to prove that they owned a disc for every Sound Choice song they had on their hard drives. If you refused to comply with and audit or could not prove it, you were sued for un-Godley amounts of money and some KJ’s even faced prison.
Sound Choice began their rampage state by state, until Las Vegas last year was the last known attack. Things have now changed and Sound Choice now allows digital hard drives as long you can prove you own the disks, have purchased the rights from them, or use a legal program such as Karma, Compu Host, or The Cloud.
While I am not one to condone trademark infringement or copyright infringement, people who go out and sing karaoke are out to have a good time, they are not out to become superstars. The KJ’s and Companies are not making a fortune like the original artists do and have, nor do they make the money the Sound Choice people do. Why not sue the singers for singing the song?
If you are approached by the Sound Choice police or you receive a letter threatening to sue you, know first that THEY actually cannot take your equipment without a search warrant. THEY cannot make you comply with an audit. However, they can file a lawsuit and make you prove that you are innocent. Most of the KJ’s operating in the Albuquerque area is legal. If you own a hard drive that you did not purchase legally, you are pirating if you are using it for commercial use. We don’t know if Sound Choice is done, but the best thing you can do, is operate legally not worry about it.
This topic is open for discussion on the forums below, please tell us your thoughts.
Kelly Q came in from L.A. and began working for Kammo's Karaoke. She is no longer with him. Kammo is covering the gigs until he can find someone else.
SING N WIN AT LUCKY 66 LANES:
Mark your calender now! Saturday, June 14th will be the day. De Wars Pub @ Lucky 66 will be holding a sing n win for swag prizes, and for the Grand Prize a Heineken Stroll Along Tailgate Cooler. All the information for this event will be released on Wednesday, June 4th in the CALL ME OZZ ALBUQUERQUE NITE LIFE on Facebook group for updates on this game. (If you are not a member yet, CLICK HERE to get there and request to become a member.)
WHO IS THAT SINGER GAME DRAWING JUNE 5th:
The Who Is That Singer game has been rockin' since May 1st and it has been a hoot! There are a lot of entries, the response has been phenomenal. On Thursday, June 5th, at about midnight we will draw for the winner. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for the Effingbar & Grill, and if you are present, you will get $10 cash. For more information visit the page: CLICK HERE
CALL ME OZZ to manage the NM STATE FAIR KARAOKE:
The NM State Fair has contracted Call Me Ozz to manage the State's largest karaoke competition ever. The qualification contests will begin this month with in house competitions to begin at Lucky 66 Bowl & Volleyball on Saturday, June 21st. Every Saturday night for 5 nights, they will choose 4 singers to move on to the qualification night on Saturday, July 2nd. On that night 6 will move on to the N.M. State Fair Karaoke Competition. Graham Central Station will begin their in house competitions on Thursday, July 10th. All the qualifying nights and venues are now listed on the N.M. State Fair Karaoke Competition page. CLICK HERE TO VIEW
KARAOKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS to begin soon
The Karaoke World Championships have announced Brian Scott and Cindy Bellelli as the managers for this years competition for New Mexico. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
FOX n HOUND to begin FOX ICON CONTEST
Beginning Wednesday, May 28th, KJ Koz (Lenore) will begin hosting karaoke again at Fox N Hound. They have announced they will begin the contest sometime in June. Watch Facebook for more information.
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I get asked all the time, "where is your favorite place to go". I can't pick just one. I like them all.....well almost. Some places I like because of the KJ, Crowd, or the Sound, or the Stage.....so here are my favorite eight places from last month:
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This month I would like to thank the venues that are participating in the N.M. STATE FAIR KARAOKE CONTEST. Without them this would not happen! Please support them! Thank You!
Lucky 66 Bowl & Volleyball
Effingbar & Grill
Slate Street Grill & Billards
Z's Sports & Karaoke Bar @ Skidz
Applebee's in Santa Fe
The Damn Bar
The Barley Room
We have one new profiles in the KJ Showcase:
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Last month we only had one give away, but it was a big one! Sandi aka Disconanny was the proud winner of the Miller Lite Tail Gate grill from the Lucky 66 Bowl Sing N Win....are you ready for the next one? June 14th.
Unfortunately sometimes we have to say goodbye to our great singers, friends and family. Call Me Ozz has a page dedicated to those who have left us. Visit the Rest In Peace memorial page if you know someone who should be there or if you'd like to leave a comment in one of their guestbooks. Fortunately we did not have to say goodbye to anyone last month.
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LUCKY 66 BOWL to kick off the N.M. STATE FAIR CONTEST
Lucky 66 Bowl & Volleyball will be the first venue to kick off the N.M. STATE FAIR KARAOKE CONTEST for qualification. Beginning on Saturday, June 21st, and for the next 5 Saturday nights they will choose 4 singers each to attempt to qualify on Saturday, July 22nd, where 6 will move on to the N.M. State Fair for the elimination rounds. Keep checking the page for more information. You will not be able to pre-register for this one because it is in house. So just show up every Saturday and give it your best shot!
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The Call Me Ozz Newsletter is finalized on the 25th of every month prior to publication. Changes after the 25th of the month will not be posted until the following month. As of the 25th, this is the way it was. For the most up to date information, check the FIND A PLACE TO SING TONIGHT PAGE, the KJ SHOWCASE and the VENUE PROFILE PAGE.