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Thursday Night Fun: Karaoke Night at Two T’s

I’ve never had much of a desire to be at any bar or club during karaoke night. There was one unfortunate incident in which I decided to get some takeout from Cody’s (now Thaiphoon) during such a night, and it was one of the most miserable 15 or so minutes in a restaurant that I can recall. Perhaps it was bad timing, but sitting through it reinforced the notion that I never, ever wanted to be a part of any karaoke night ever again.

About a month ago, my entire perception of it changed. I’ve long been a fan of Two T’s, but it was only recently that I decided to go in on a Thursday night to unwind with some cold beers and then discover what would completely reverse my opinion on the idea of ordinary folks singing the classics.

above image credit: Adrienne Taylor

It’s difficult to put my finger on exactly what about Two T’s changed my opinion. The tracks were a mix of old school hits from the 60s and 70s, contemporary R&B, a Classic Rock track or two, and I’ve even heard a oldschool country song. You could tell that the folks singing were passionate about it, and not simply lured behind the mic by one too many drinks.

Located across from Landmark Tavern on Hargett Street, Two T’s has had karaoke night for two years now. I really wish I had discovered it sooner. The DJ typically alternates between a normal track played via CD and a version with no vocals. It provides nice changeup of allowing the person performing to have the floor and dance to it while still having the familiar tunes played that allow for the entire floor to fill with everyone dancing in unison. Even with two left feet, I still couldn’t resist the urge to join the crowd, move with the beat, and dance as if no one was watching.

DJ Silk has been selecting the tracks as long as Two T’s has had karaoke night

If Two T’s isn’t on your short list of watering holes to check out for unwinding after work or as a hangout spot on weekends, I recommend giving it a try. The crowd is always friendly, bartenders are great and attentive, and there is always good music playing. It’s a most welcome change of pace when you’ve grown tired of the same old bars week after week.

While you certainly won’t catch me singing a track by Sade or Kool and the Gang here, chances are you can catch me here on one or two Thursdays a month.

What other area locations have a good karaoke night?

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