I have been addicted to karaoke ever since I stepped up to a microphone to sing “Little Bunny Foo Foo” as a joke 16 years ago. I began attending karaoke shows across Michigan four times a week. It was not long before I began purchasing my own karaoke discs, equipment and books. I studied the industry and started hosting my own karaoke shows for Wayne State students. Over the past 10 years, I have hosted over 1000 shows and I still get excited to watch people light up the karaoke stage.
You find such an eclectic bunch around Southeast Michigan. From rockers, comedians, theater buffs to Motown legends, you never know what you will find on a night of karaoke. I have watched people become best friends on karaoke nights and even witnessed people fall in love and find their soulmate. I never get tired of the karaoke magic that brings together people from different backgrounds.
3rd Street Bar
3rd Street Bar - 3rd Avenue, Detroit MI
You never know what will happen or who will show up at 3rd Street Bar on a Tuesday night. One time, Motown legend Martha Reeves walked in as someone was singing "Anaconda" by Nicki Minaj. Another time Meg White from the White Stripes stopped by to dance to "Daydream Believer" by the Monkees. It's always a totally unpredictable crowd at 3rd Street, but always fun and memorable.
Delux Lounge - Monroe Avenue, Detroit MI
Delux Lounge is a dance club on the weekends so often times that electric energy carries over to Wednesday nights when they have karaoke there. You get a number of tourists looking for a fun time and people who just got off of work who want to blow off some steam. It's a great spot to sing and dance the night away.
Second Base Pub & Grub
Second Base Pub & Grub - East 9 Mile Road, Ferndale MI
There is so much to do in Ferndale on a Friday or Saturday night but this place is a hidden gem. It has the feel of a neighborhood bar with fun regulars to keep you entertained. Order a pizza and pitcher of beer and enjoy the show.
Ghost Light - Caniff Street, Hamtramck MI
Ghost Light is a new bar with an old soul. Thursdays kick off with fun comedy sets and then launch into karaoke. The combination of comedy and karaoke make for an entertaining night.
McShane's Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar
McShane's Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar - Michigan Avenue, Detroit MI
Located in Corktown across from the old Tiger Stadium, McShane’s has over 20 beers on tap and amazing food. The kitchen stays open until 1:30 am so bring an appetite and your singing pipes.
Trixie's Bar - Carpenter Avenue, Hamtramck MI
Trixie’s is a neighborhood bar that has a lot of good times and cheap drinks. The karaoke on Sunday is an excellent way to start your week.
Bert's Marketplace - Russell Street, Detroit MI
Their outdoor karaoke starts at 10 AM on Saturday and goes until 8 PM. You’ll encounter incredible performances here from local legends over the enticing smells of their barbecue grill.
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