14 FEB'Q Town Karaoke' contest set for Saturday
Get your voices ready, music lovers and wannabe singers - the first "Q Town Karaoke" contest is Saturday at the Oakley-Lindsay Center in Quincy.
Open to the public and with no advance registration required, the contest will feature 20 people drawn at random to sing their favorite songs.
The winner gets $500 and a $500 advertising package donated by Reed Promotional Media, and other prizes are from the Abbey restaurant. Any drawing winners who don't want to sing can pass their tickets to somebody who does.
The 20 contestants will sing a song of their choice in elimination groups of five, and finalists in each group and the final winner will be determined by audience applause.
Contestants must be 16 or older, though all ages are encouraged to attend. "We have made it family-friendly," said Kevin Reed of Reed Promotional Media. "If you want to bring the kids, it's a great way to introduce them to karaoke."
Popular in local taverns and restaurants, karaoke uses music of popular songs and puts the words on a big screen so people can sing along into a microphone.
Warning - there could be a lot of people watching, not just your buddies at the bar. Organizers are hoping for 500 or more to attend.
"I was out running errands Sunday at stores and people were stopping and asking about it," Reed said.
Reed got the idea while attending an event at the OLC a few months ago. Recent major improvements in acoustics make the center more appealing for music events, he said.
Reed, Dave Comer and Rob Ebbing of the Oakley Lindsay Center, and Jeff Dorsey of Y101 got together to come up with the idea for the karaoke contests.
There will be lots of door prizes, and Traeder's TNT is donating a scooter to be raffled off. All proceeds to to Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.