Some kings earn their crown by birthright; The Kings of Karaoke rule because of years of hard partying. Established by Jason Gersch with a childhood friend 12 years ago, he now facilitates karaoke parties in bars across Brooklyn and Manhattan every day of the week.
For years Gersch used to DJ the parties himself, but now he handles the business behind the scenes while his rockstar staff, most of whom were hired off The Kings of Karaoke stage, keeps the community close knit. They even rock out at other TKOK parties on their rare nights off–the love of their craft runs that deep.
It’s no surprise, then, that they rarely miss a night. “Some of our best, best parties were during blizzards,” said Gersch, something to consider as we enter that deep, cold coma of winter. You never have to go stir crazy–there are 15 standing The Kings of Karaoke parties throughout the week to go to. Once you do, you’ll start to recognize the singers who show up regularly and the amazing community they’ve built.
Aside from this loyal group of fans, the other secret to The Kings of Karaoke’s dominance is a deep, deep selection of songs–30,000 and counting!–that no one else can claim. “Our songbook,” explained Gersch, “is an amalgamation of a decade’s worth of audience song requests added to a cache of classics everyone loves.” It’s so prized, people have stolen it from TKOK parties. It’s hard to not find the song you want, when they have everything from Helloween to Human League, Slayer to Ke$ha to Sinatra (Nancy or Frank), LMFAO to Descendents to the Wu Tang Clan, Sunny Day Real Estate to Megadeth to Madonna. And if by chance your favorite song is not in their book, once you request it you’ll be able to sing it when the party rolls around the next week.
After years of kicking ass, 2012 has been the year that TKOK got some official recognition. They won L Magazine’s Best Karaoke Party in Brooklyn and made New York Mag’s Best of 2012 issue. “It’s been a pretty great year for us,” said Gersch, “and it’s the collective, all of us and all those that come share the stage with us, that got it done.”
Below is a list of all their shows, so you never have to go a night without singing your heart out. Be sure to follow them at @karaokekingsnyc and check out their site, thekingsofkaraoke.com, for new shows and updates.
The Kings of Karaoke Weekly Schedule
All Shows are free to get in and free to sing!
The Kings of Karaoke @ Good Company – 11pm-3am
w/ Esquire & DJ KP
10 Hope Street (btwn Roebling & Havemeyer), BK, NY 11211
SECOND & FOURTH SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH
The Kings of Karaoke @ The Way Station – 9pm-1am
NERDEOKE! w/ DJ Joe Rude
683 Washington Avenue, Prospect Heights, BK, NY 11238
The Kings of Karaoke @ Camp – 10pm-2am
w/ Jack Attack
179 Smith St. (between Warren St & Wyckoff St), Boerum/Cobble Hill, BK, NY 11201
The Kings of Karaoke Car-A-oke @ The Woods – 11pm-3am
w/ DJ Johnny Dott in the booth & Anthony, the man in the red Subaru, on the stage!
48 South 4th St. (btwn Wythe & Kent) Williamsburg, BK, NY, 11211
The Kings of Karaoke @ BAR4 – 10pm-1am
w/ Jack Attack
2 FOR 1 ON WELL AND SELECT TAP! PLUS FREE SHOTS TO SINGERS!
444 7th Avenue @ 15th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY, 11215
The Kings of Karaoke @ Bar Matchless – 10:30pm-2am
Heavy Metal Parking Lot Karaoke w/ Nithya Ninja & DJ Johnny Dott
FREE SHOT IF YOU SING METAL…Drink for FREE if it’s your BDAY!!!
557 Manhattan Ave. @ Driggs, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY 11222
The Kings of Karaoke @ One Stop Beer Shop – 9pm-1am
w/ Nithya Ninja & DJ Joe Rude in the booth!
134 Kingsland @ Beadel, Greenpoint, BK 11222
The Kings of Karaoke @ Pine Box Rock Shop – 10pm-2am
w/ Sarah Booz & DJ KP
12 Grattan St @ Morgan, Bushwick, BK 11206
(L MAG’s Brooklyn Bar Awards 2012: “Best Karaoke Night” ‘The Kings of Karaoke @ Pine Box Rock Shop Thursdays’)
The Kings of Karaoke @ Papacitos – 10pm-1am
999 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint, BK, NY 11222
The Kings of Karaoke @ The Rock Shop – 10:30pm-1:30am
w/ Jack Attack
249 4th Ave @ Carrol Street, Park Slope, BK, NY 11215
THIRD THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH
The Kings of Karaoke @ Duck Duck – Third Thursday Monthly- 10pm-2am
W/ Esquire & DJ Pork Fried Mike
153 Montrose Ave (@ Graham), East Williamsburg, BK, NY 11206
The Kings of Karaoke @ Cobra Club – 11pm-3am
w/ Dead Horse & Esquire
6 Wyckoff Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn 11207
Across the street from the Jefferson L Train
FOURTH FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH
The Kings of Karaoke @ Blvd – 4th Friday Monthly – 11pm-3am
w/ Jack Attack
579 Meeker Ave. (btwn North henry & Monitor), Greenpoint, BK, NY 11222
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS
The Kings of Karaoke @ Trash Bar – 12:30am-4am (after the bands)
256 Grand Street @ Roebling, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 11211
FRIDAYS – w/ Nithya Ninja & DJ Pork Fried Mike in the booth!
SATURDAYS – w/ Dead Horse & DJ KP in the booth!
The Kings of Karaoke @ St. Vitus – Midnight
KILL ‘EM ALL KARAOKE! w/ Sugar Shane & DJ Nithallica
FREE SHOT TO SINGERS! Drink for FREE if it’s your B-DAY!!!
1120 Manhattan Ave (btwn Clay & Box), Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
LAST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH
The Kings of Karaoke @ Pine Box Rock Shop – 11pm-3am
FREE! w/ Sarah Booz & DJ KP
12 Grattan St @ Morgan, Bushwick, Brooklyn 11206