Karaoke-Obsessed – Friday, November 6
Location: The Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
In advance: $12 (First Person Arts members) / $15 (general public) – $15/$20 after 10/25
When Brian Raftery first stepped up to the microphone, he had no idea it would be a life-altering event. Despite his terrible voice, he kept on singing. Soon he was traveling the world pursuing an infatuation that grew into a full-blown obsession. Brian will share a few highlights from that journey, then turn over the program to karaoke host Sara Sherr. Bring your posse and get ready to sing your favorite song – and remember, since we’re First Person Arts, we’d love to hear a story about the song you choose to sing!
Brian Raftery is a contributing editor for Wired magazine. He has written about popular culture for such publications as Spin, GQ, Esquire, and New York. His first book: Don’t Stop Believin’: How Karaoke Conquered the World and Changed My Life was published this year by Dacapo Press. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Jenny.
Sara Sherr is a native Philadelphian and a diva of the Philly music scene. She runs Karaoke that Doesn’t Suck> at the Khyber on Mondays, books shows for Tritone, writes music criticism for The Daily News and other local papers, and performs with Bob and Barbara’s Dumpsta Playas.