2009
10.23

I think I have a new favorite song to sing…

Sexbomb sexbomb youre my sexbomb sexbomb
You can give it to me when I need to come along
Sexbomb sexbomb yourre my sexbomb
And baby you can turn me on

Paul & Jaydee singing Sexbomb

2009
10.21

Here is a cute series of photos of Jesse swapping out David Delgado glasses while he was singing a karaoke song at the karaoke night.

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2009
10.19

Wednesday night karaoke the singers can really hear themselves. Here is an example that I filmed from the stage where a guy is singing the Marty Robbins version of El Paso. This was filmed from my digital camera with no mixing or any kind of enhancement…so it is only 1/10th of the actual experience!

Note how the sound stays constantly amazing as I walk with the camera from the floor (as the audience hears it) to the stage (as the singer hears it).

This video is of Scott from the SF Karaoke Mafia club singing Beauty School Dropout from Grease. He is singing from the floor in front of the house speakers and the sound is excellent both on stage and off stage. The acoustics are great so I can typically avoid feedback problems even in cases like this.

I think I can safely claim that the karaoke Wednesday is one of the best sounding karaoke nights in San Francisco, especially when you consider both the audience and the singer experiences.

2009
10.18

Hey everybody, I’m sorry to report that the hearing date has changed. It has been pushed back a week.

The new date is Mon, Oct 26 at 1PM, in City Hall room 263.

Please spread the word!

Here are the full details again:

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Please help support night-time entertainment in SF by coming to a hearing on Monday, Oct 26 at 1PM, in City Hall room 263.

http://www.dnalounge.com/backstage/log/2009/10/14.html

A vocal group of ultra-conservative neighbors have banded with the anti-alcohol and anti-entertainment elements in the police department and the state alcohol control department to shut down night-time entertainment in San Francisco. This is a real threat. These people have come to hearings at City Hall and blamed night-time entertainment for violent crime, murder, prostitution, public urination and defecation and any host of problems that the city has been facing for decades. Never before have they been this strong and powerful, if you love going out at night, you need to show up and tell City Hall that we are not to be blamed for society’s problems. We need you to show up at Monday’s hearing and/or send an email of support now.

The Entertainment Commission was created in 2002 to take responsibility for the granting and oversight of Entertainment and Late Night permits. Before the EC, these permits were all controlled by the police. Separating the authority was a way to give citizen stake-holders a place in the decisions around entertainment. Enforcement remained with the police, and the granting and oversight were given to the EC.

Two years ago the Mayor’s office and the EC convened a “Night-time Safety Summit” to hear recommendations from the entertainment community and the Police Department on how to strengthen the role of the EC in rewarding well managed venues, and disciplining problem venues that were making the industry look bad. The legislation that is being heard on Monday comes from that summit.

Currently, the Entertainment Commission does not have much enforcement power: they just have the “big stick” of permit revocation, which is a very heavy-weight, expensive and time-consuming process. This hearing is about giving the EC the ability to write tickets for minor infractions, for example, to tell a venue to manage their line better without having to first let things get bad enough that revocation makes sense.

The strategy of the anti-night-life and anti-alcohol forces is to keep the Entertainment Commission toothless, because that makes them look ineffective. They think that if the EC continues getting bad press, SFPD will be able to take back unilateral control of permitting, which would be bad for night-life and bad for San Francisco.

So please show up and support this legislation that will allow the EC to do its job, out in the open, with accountability and citizen oversight! Don’t let the prohibitionists wreck your city.

Whether you can make it to the hearing in person or not, we need you to send an email to the committee members of the Board of Supervisors who will be presiding on Monday. For example, something like this:

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Subject: Support 1060/1070 without moratorium
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Honorable Mayor and Board of Supervisor Committee members;

I support the strengthening of the Entertainment Commission. I do not support the moratoriums that will restrict the granting of special event permits because there is no proof that those special events are any problem.

I am a ___resident / employee / patron___ and I think that the entertainment venues in the city are safe, well run and that the Entertainment Commission does a good job managing all of them. The couple of problem venues will be required to fix their problems faster if the commission gets this additional power.

I pay taxes, live, work and play in San Francisco and believe that well managed entertainment of all types is vital for a city like ours. It is one of the reasons I choose to live here and not in the suburbs.

Sincerely,

___your name___
I live in ___your neighborhood___

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If you are able to make it to the hearing, it would be helpful if you were willing to speak for a minute or two in support of the Entertainment community and the Commission that was set up to regulate it. Some suggested points to make:

* Sunshine and fairness: The EC allows neighbors, the music community, and stake-holders an official, on-the-record forum for public input. The EC has taken venue licensing out of back rooms and into the public eye where it belongs.

* Better neighbors / safer clubs: The EC holds venues accountable with fair, enforceable steps to become good neighbors. The EC has mandated more soundproofing, plus fire, electrical and building safety upgrades than at any other time in the city’s history.

* More local jobs: Venues are labor-intensive, and almost completely locally staffed. SF needs jobs!

* Tough / fair enforcement of sound laws: EC staff test for sound complaints and ensure both compliance for neighbors, and fairness to venues. The EC’s staff must be augmented, and given more enforcement power, a key issue on Monday.

* Cheaper tickets: More venues means more shows, competition for artists and competitive pricing for customers.

* Protect outdoor concerts, street-fairs: The EC has defended the city’s unique locally operated fairs and festivals. They employ thousands, entertain hundreds of thousands and bring millions into city coffers, plus massive hotel and restaurant income.

* Fair regulation: Every Week San Francisco hosts regional, national and international tourists who support our local economy. Hundreds of thousands of people come and go enjoying the sights, food and entertainment that this city is famous for with few problems. Keep that success and give the Entertainment Commission the authority to regulate the few problems that we do have.

* I love going out: Tell them about your favorite venue and how often you go out. Tell them that you enjoy your time with friends listening to music and dancing, that you feel safe and secure, and thank the Entertainment Commission for doing its job.

* I make my living from entertainment: If you work in the night-life industry, tell them about it! Give examples where you have seen the Entertainment Commission doing good work.

Thank you!

2009
10.16

This is a very sweet version of Mad World sung by David Delgado, the bartender. I think this video really shows the video at the karaoke nights. There is always a lot of love in the room…all five of them!

Join the Facebook group!

2009
10.15

Kim and Alley bust out Insane in the Membrane. Check out the video…

2009
10.14

Please help support night-time entertainment in SF by coming to a hearing on Monday, Oct 19 at 10am in room 263 at City Hall!

http://www.dnalounge.com/backstage/log/2009/10/14.html

A vocal group of ultra-conservative neighbors have banded with the anti-alcohol and anti-entertainment elements in the police department and the state alcohol control department to shut down night-time entertainment in San Francisco. This is a real threat. These people have come to hearings at City Hall and blamed night-time entertainment for violent crime, murder, prostitution, public urination and defecation and any host of problems that the city has been facing for decades. Never before have they been this strong and powerful, if you love going out at night, you need to show up and tell City Hall that we are not to be blamed for society’s problems. We need you to show up at Monday’s hearing and/or send an email of support now. Again, the hearing is next Monday, Oct 19 at 10am in room 263 at City Hall.

The Entertainment Commission was created in 2002 to take responsibility for the granting and oversight of Entertainment and Late Night permits. Before the EC, these permits were all controlled by the police. Separating the authority was a way to give citizen stake-holders a place in the decisions around entertainment. Enforcement remained with the police, and the granting and oversight were given to the EC.

Two years ago the Mayor’s office and the EC convened a “Night-time Safety Summit” to hear recommendations from the entertainment community and the Police Department on how to strengthen the role of the EC in rewarding well managed venues, and disciplining problem venues that were making the industry look bad. The legislation that is being heard on Monday comes from that summit.

Currently, the Entertainment Commission does not have much enforcement power: they just have the “big stick” of permit revocation, which is a very heavy-weight, expensive and time-consuming process. This hearing is about giving the EC the ability to write tickets for minor infractions, for example, to tell a venue to manage their line better without having to first let things get bad enough that revocation makes sense.

The strategy of the anti-night-life and anti-alcohol forces is to keep the Entertainment Commission toothless, because that makes them look ineffective. They think that if the EC continues getting bad press, SFPD will be able to take back unilateral control of permitting, which would be bad for night-life and bad for San Francisco.

So please show up and support this legislation that will allow the EC to do its job, out in the open, with accountability and citizen oversight! Don’t let the prohibitionists wreck your city.

Whether you can make it to the hearing in person or not, we need you to send an email to the committee members of the Board of Supervisors who will be presiding on Monday. For example, something like this:

Subject: Support 1060/1070 without moratorium
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Honorable Mayor and Board of Supervisor Committee members;

I support the strengthening of the Entertainment Commission. I do not support the moratoriums that will restrict the granting of special event permits because there is no proof that those special events are any problem.

I am a ___resident / employee / patron___ and I think that the entertainment venues in the city are safe, well run and that the Entertainment Commission does a good job managing all of them. The couple of problem venues will be required to fix their problems faster if the commission gets this additional power.

I pay taxes, live, work and play in San Francisco and believe that well managed entertainment of all types is vital for a city like ours. It is one of the reasons I choose to live here and not in the suburbs.

Sincerely,

___your name___
I live in ___your neighborhood___

If you are able to make it to the hearing on Monday (again, that’s Oct 19, 10am, room 263 in City Hall) it would be helpful if you were willing to speak for a minute or two in support of the Entertainment community and the Commission that was set up to regulate it. Some suggested points to make:

* Sunshine and fairness: The EC allows neighbors, the music community, and stake-holders an official, on-the-record forum for public input. The EC has taken venue licensing out of back rooms and into the public eye where it belongs.

* Better neighbors / safer clubs: The EC holds venues accountable with fair, enforceable steps to become good neighbors. The EC has mandated more soundproofing, plus fire, electrical and building safety upgrades than at any other time in the city’s history.

* More local jobs: Venues are labor-intensive, and almost completely locally staffed. SF needs jobs!

* Tough / fair enforcement of sound laws: EC staff test for sound complaints and ensure both compliance for neighbors, and fairness to venues. The EC’s staff must be augmented, and given more enforcement power, a key issue on Monday.

* Cheaper tickets: More venues means more shows, competition for artists and competitive pricing for customers.

* Protect outdoor concerts, street-fairs: The EC has defended the city’s unique locally operated fairs and festivals. They employ thousands, entertain hundreds of thousands and bring millions into city coffers, plus massive hotel and restaurant income.

* Fair regulation: Every Week San Francisco hosts regional, national and international tourists who support our local economy. Hundreds of thousands of people come and go enjoying the sights, food and entertainment that this city is famous for with few problems. Keep that success and give the Entertainment Commission the authority to regulate the few problems that we do have.

* I love going out: Tell them about your favorite venue and how often you go out. Tell them that you enjoy your time with friends listening to music and dancing, that you feel safe and secure, and thank the Entertainment Commission for doing its job.

* I make my living from entertainment: If you work in the night-life industry, tell them about it! Give examples where you have seen the Entertainment Commission doing good work.

Thank you!

2009
10.05

KJPaul.com has been updated

I updated KJPaul.com with more karaoke venues and expanded the karaoke calendar. It now lists all of the venues where either Glenn or I host karaoke as well as a few others that I like.

The calendar is also more complete with at least one karaoke event for every night of the week. It even list the current day at the top of the list.

I will add more landing pages for the various karaoke nights as time permits. I would like it to be a complete goto site for finding out where to go for karaoke in San Francisco.

This blog, on the other hand, will have news and tidbits about karaoke, mostly in San Francisco.  Let me know if you have any comments about the site and how I can improve on it….and if you want to stay up to date, subscribe to the RSS feed:).

~Paul

2009
10.03

I just created a new Facebook group for Thursday night karaoke.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=278346685402&ref=ts

If you have not been to night Thursday karaoke, you should come and check it out. It is a totally different vibe than any of the other nights I host.

The crowd ranges from 20s-60+ers. There is some mean Motown going down. Some of them older folks can really sing. There are also usually a bunch of City College students there, so the song choices range from 50′s-today.

Thursday night karaoke in the Excelsior

Thursday night karaoke in the Excelsior

2009
10.02

Lambchop sings!

I uploaded some videos to the Facebook group. Appropriately, the first video I uploaded was of the Amazing Lambchop. If you have not heard Lambchop sing before then watch the video and be AMAZED!