A Different Karaoke World

For every happy-hour diva who’s a musical legend in her own mind, there’s a buzzed barfly who finds nothing so entertaining as a tone-deaf drunk with delusions of grandeur. But still, the scene can get a bit stale. Try the Monterey Club: On Sundays, the rockabilly bar takes a break from its live musical acts and lets the eclectic crowd, which consists of hot, tat-covered pinup girls and Danny Zuko look-alikes, belt out the tunes. The karaoke night is hosted by Paul Ferretti, half of Blues Brothers Soul Tribute Band, and Monterey’s atmosphere is reminiscent of a really cool basement party — a feeling that’s hard to find here in basement-free South Florida. Amateur crooning begins at 9 p.m. Sundays at the Monterey Club, 2608 S. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Visit themontereyclub.net, or call 954-598-1887.
Sundays, 9 p.m. Starts: Aug. 8. Continues through April 3, 2010
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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