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Full voice: Pickled Parrot launches karaoke showdown


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With its 10,000-watt, state-of-the-art sound system, Pickled Parrot has been a favorite karaoke club for years, attracting dedicated enthusiasts who don't take karaoke lightly.

So when manager Dominique Griffin decided to hold a Karaoke Showdown so local performers could compete for the title of best male or female karaoke singer, she was confident the idea would be well received.

The 12-week challenge began on June 27, and one male and one female winner were chosen from the night's competition. Each winner received a golden ticket, provided by Pickled Parrot and Stars & Bars, which will allow them access to the karaoke showdown, scheduled after the competition ends.

"We will have a male showdown and a female showdown," Griffin explained. And each winner from the showdowns will then receive special prizes, a take-home trophy and their names engraved on a plaque, immortalized on the Pickled Parrot wall.

The two showdown event will bring in a panel of judges, who are unknown to the competitors, to complete the final judging. "They won't know any of the performers," Griffin said, to insure that the judging is completely fair. "At least one is a professional singer."

The competition is just two nights in since the club skipped the Fourth of July. Therefore, 10 more competitions are available to secure a golden ticket. Participation in the event is free.

Pickled Parrot is a big supporter of local karaoke talent, holding karaoke night each Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and now Thursday's have become qualification nights for the Karaoke Showdown, all with DJ Mat. And participation is always strong.

Owned by Richard Jordan, the Pickled Parrot is an icon in the local entertainment circuit. Established in 2005, the club has gained notoriety for its longevity and as a popular venue for live music, DJ-run karaoke nights and fun activities like the Karaoke Showdown.

The golden ticket is provided by Stars & Bars and the Pickled Parrot, with the event sponsored by Great Bay Distributors.

On the first night for the Karaoke Showdown, Griffin said they had 26 singers participating. "It was awesome."

Hernando Today correspondent Kim Dame can be reached at damewrites@yahoo.com

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