Live band karaoke originates from the late '70s/early '80s punk scene in New York City, where it remained more of a "jump on stage jam session" for years. A Montreal band claims to have hosted the first "live band karaoke night" in 2004. It has become so successful that now you can "sing with a band" in most large cities, in all kinds of venues.
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It's a dream of so many people to perform on a stage backed by a live band, but so few get the opportunity. We're giving people the ability to live out their dream and just go out and have fun!
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Sometimes it is even more entertaining to just sit back in the crowd and enjoy the entertainment value that live band karaoke brings.
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