Monday nights in Barcelona mean one thingAnti-Karaoke. The energy is electric, theres enthusiasm galore and the sound system is incredible. - Easy Jet Inflight Magazine
Anti-Karaoke® is a fusion between a rock concert, a Broadway musical, and a crazy house party. Created by the North American comic Rachel Arieff, Anti-Karaoke takes place every Thursday in Barcelona and the first Wednesday of the month in Madrid.
Oh yeah, it's also a karaoke. A karaoke like no other, where the participants literally turn into rock stars and, over the course of 3 hours, create an exciting show where no two nights are ever the same. Indeed, dear friends, Anti-Karaoke is an effective antidote to the dreary karaoke rooms that plague humanity like Celine Dion's repertoire.
In contrast to typical karaokes, Anti-Karaoke offers sound quality equal to that of a live concert, a repertoire of more than 500 of the greatest songs from the history of rock and pop (all versions in English and sonically faithful to the originals), a table full of costumes onstage to enable spur-of-the-moment transformations, and 100% rock-n-roll attitude.
During the four years of its existence in Barcelona and Madrid, Anti-Karaoke has become one of the most intense party nights in all of Spain. Each night a community of 300-600 curious and creative people turn out -- all drawn by the friendly, participatory atmosphere of the show.
...and encourages the audience to let loose and express themselves onstage.
Photo: Jorge Alvariño
In Anti-Karaoke, there is no room for shame or self-consciousness.
The show is never about good or bad singing, looking cool (or not), or judging people. It's about having fun with the music you love, no matter what side of the stage you end up on.
What's important is not aptitude, but attitude.
The philosophy of Anti-Karaoke is that the stage is a mirror of real life. In Anti-Karaoke, as in life, we must "rock with available materials". In other words, we must do our best with what we have. We may not be rich or beautiful or possess a great voice. But if we're willing to take risks and make a sincere effort in spite of our fears, extraordinary things can happen.
Can I reserve or purchase a ticket in advance for Anti-Karaoke?
For the show in Barcelona, the option is now available to buy your ticket up to three weeks in advance at Codetickets. This ensures you entry even if the show sells out. (Consult Rachel's show page for concrete dates to reserve tix.) Sorry, this option is only available for AK Barcelona. At AK Madrid, the show is on a first come, first serve basis, so make sure you get in by showing up when the doors open at 10 pm, or slightly earlier.
What is the sound system like at Anti-Karaoke?
Since it's at a rock club that actually gives a damn about how things sound and has invested in quality equipment, Anti-Karaoke sounds fantastic! When people sing, it sounds like a real rock concert. Plus, we've been careful to select high-quality song versions that sound like the originals. None of those crappy midi versions that are all too typical in karaokes. But don't take our word for it. Watch the videos.
Are these Spanish songs?
Nope, all the songs are in English, except for La Bamba. Of course, you can sing in any language you want, what do we care?
How many songs do you have?
We have over 500 high-quality versions of songs to choose from! From Guns N Roses to Depeche Mode, to Janis Joplin to Prince, to Queen and AC/DC to MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice, from Stevie Wonder to Frank Sinatra, from Bowie to The Weather Girls!
I wanna see a list of the songs!
Great! Click here for the complete list, along with many videos.
Okay, I've seen the song list. But why don't you have [insert title of any song that's not on the Anti-Karaoke song list]?
There are many reasons why we don't offer certain songs. Maybe we hate the song you're talking about (sorry, no offense). Maybe we don't hate it, but it doesn't go well with the vibe of the show. Or maybe we just can't find a good version of the song. There are many songs we'd love to offer at Anti-Karaoke, but we haven't been able to include them because we can't find decent-sounding karaoke versions. Our rule is, if it doesn't sound good, f*ck it. We cannot bear crap versions of our favorite songs.
Why the hell do you use a music stand with printed lyrics instead of TV's like every other karaoke?
'Cause we don't need TeeVees. TeeVees hypnotize people and they end up singing to the damn TeeVee instead of the audience of 300-600 people right in front of their faces. We live in a TeeVee-dominated world and we have declared Anti-Karaoke a Tee-Vee-free zone. And the truth is, the show's much better without 'em. We sing our favorite songs by reading the lyrics printed on paper from a music stand... just like Mozart, Picasso and Napoleon used to when they did karaoke. Punk rock!
Can I wear a costume?
You are enthusiastically encouraged to dress up for Anti-Karaoke -- as your favorite rock star, your 5th grade math teacher, the Pope, a pimp, a gimp, whatever. In addition, onstage you will find wigs, hats, and various accoutrements for spontaneous costuming on stage.
Wednesday April 3, 2013
The first Wednesday of every month Calendar for 2013: April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3.
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