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You're with the band: Live karaoke makes you the rock star

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Dance instructor and aspiring rock singer Dorit gets the crowd going at Arlene's Grocery in New York City. (Photo by Bob Scofield)

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Arlene's World Famous live karaoke band warms up the night with the first of many crowd-pleasing classic rock tunes in New York City. (Photo by Bob Scofield)

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Singer Rosane Nogueira basks in the spotlight, lost in a song during live karaoke at Arlene's grocery in New York City. (Photo by Bob Scofield)

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Claudia Hassbach, 37, sings Nena's "99 Luftballons" -- all in German -- at Arlene's Grocery in New York City. (Photo by Bob Scofield)

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Kitana Andrew, 25, gives guitarist Eric Presti and bassist Dan Grennes a little soul on stage at Arlene's Grocery in New York City. (Photo by Bob Scofield)

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Live karaoke provides an outlet for serious singers and committed hams, and a new gig for seasoned ex-hair rockers. But to some, a prolific live band will never eclipse the original karaoke of thousands of backing tracks and a glowing blue box.


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