Arlene's Grocery Live Karaoke

Arlene’s Grocery Live Karaoke in NYC’s Lower East Side lets anyone get up and sing with a live backing band. I experienced this with some friends last night and it was ridiculously fun.

I’ve only done karaoke twice in New York, but I sense a theme: there are a lot of well-trained singers in this city who use karaoke as a fun outlet on a night off. For example, we heard what I thought was one of the best renditions of Led Zepplin’s “Whole Lotta Love” that I’ve ever heard. Like, put-this-woman-on-TV good. Like, even-the-middle-section-with-the-drum-solo-wasn’t-boring good.

This was the act that our dear friend Jimmy had to follow. He rocked it.

I followed a man who was speak-singing to his bichon frise, which sat in a quiet daze atop a stool in the middle of the stage. It my first ever attempt, in private or in public, to sing “With a Little Help from My Friends”. I, uh, got by…

It was a pretty great way to spend a Monday night. If you’re in NYC, just go try it.

Major props to the band who traversed a catalogue spanning genre and time without missing a beat.