Friday July 31st, Northside Tavern – 8pm
Last year when Northside resident Melissa English hatched the scheme to do a fundraiser capitalizing on the popularity of live band karaoke, she never dreamed it would go so well. “I basically called upon my friends and my community to try something new. It was amazing,” she said.
Northside businesses chipped in with event sponsorships and prizes for contestants. Friends and friends of friends became contestants who reached out to their networks to sponsor them for the contest, similar to what some organizations do with walk/run events. On the big night, the back room of the Tavern was packed and contestants brought their “A Game,” performing like pros, with costumes and guest duets. Even some of the judges performed, after the crowd agreed to meet their price. “It was so fun and successful -we raised over $5,000- that people immediately began asking if I’d do it again next year. Well, it’s next year now, and I’m totally doing it,” said English.
On Friday, July 31st at the Northside Tavern, ten contenders will compete for the Grand Prize, after having raised a minimum of either $250 or $500 each. Some of them are live band karaoke regulars. All of them are up to the challenge. Everyone is welcome to participate for $10/song to either sing themselves or challenge someone else to sing. To decline the make-me-sing challenge costs $20 or a turn wearing the I (heart) dirty coal dunce cap. “Whether you want the thrill of singing in front of a live band or just want to watch, you will have a good time,” English said.
Rock ‘n Roll Against Dirty Coal: Live Band Karaoke Challenge
Friday July 31st, Northside Tavern – 8pm til’ late
$20 suggested donation admission
Benefiting Ohio Citizen Action
For more info: ohiocitizen.org