live band karaoke

Sustainable Karaoke Energy

Our San Diego private event season continued to completely rock in December as we played another corporate karaoke event for the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE).  When they thought about how to recognize all the rock stars within their organization at their holiday party, naturally they called Rock Out Karaoke – where their guests can live out their dreams on stage with a live rock band.

The House of Blues provided the unforgettable atmosphere and food – and we provided the experience! From the very start, all the guests were excited about joining us for some live band karaoke.  There was never a dull moment, as CCSE employees and their guests (many dressed in festive attire) rocked the karaoke stage until the bitter end.  There were prizes for best dressed / most festive, and of course, for best karaoke performance of the night.

The photos (generously provided by Jay Yun) tell the full story.  Drop us a line if we can help make your next corporate holiday party a complete live band karaoke experience!

Rock Out Karaoke is San Diego’s most dynamic and interactive cover band, combining the raw power of a live rock band with the fun of karaoke, where individual singers take center stage with the live band! Complete with lyrics displayed on a monitor in real-time with the music, nothing is missing from this unique karaoke show!  Call us today, and let’s talk about how we can make your next event one for the ages.

Holiday Karaoke Time!

Ahhh, October.  That time of the year when the phone starts ringing off the hook for holiday karaoke parties in San Diego.

We get excited about being the entertainment for your holiday party, mostly because you get so excited about us!

Here’s what some of you have said:

These guys were AMAZING at my buddy Marc’s Birthday Party!  They are a ton of fun and I can’t wait to check them out again. Marc’s party was a huge success, the best bday party ever, and it was thanks to ROK.  — Kimmy D, via

I was lucky to experience the awesome that is Rock Our Karaoke at the Yelp Unleashed party.  If I were having a wedding or some other party, I would definitely hire these guys to entertain my guests.  — Joe M, via

Love love love.  Would totally love to have these guys play at our wedding if I had a time traveling device.  — Jena O, via

We’ve had the pleasure of playing our unique live band karaoke show at tons of San Diego corporate events, weddings, birthday parties, and we keep getting calls to play more.

Thanks to those of you who have supported us in the past and here’s to another great holiday party season!

See plenty of photos of our private karaoke events and contact us for your party via our Weddings and Events page.


Top 10 Karaoke Songs

Top 10 Live Band Karaoke Songs

We see a lot of top 10 lists out there these days.  Things like – top 10 worst karaoke songs, top 10 ways to get fired, and top 7 Tips for Rocking the Stage with a Live Band.  We’ve been playing San Diego’s best live band karaoke show since 2006, so we thought we’d create our own top 10 list of tunes that get chosen most frequently.  Our list is far from scientific; just a record of the most popular songs chosen at our weekly live shows and private event gigs.  Behold, the top 10 most popular live band karaoke songs:

10.  Plush – Stone Temple Pilots:  Early 90’s grunge wasn’t limited to Seattle.  In fact, many people don’t know that STP built a following right here in San Diego (at least according to the stoners who wrote the STP entry in Wikipedia).  We hear a lot of great Scott Weiland impressions at Rock Out Karaoke, so this one kicks off our list.

9.  Santeria – Sublime:  Another Southern California favorite, you simply can’t go wrong with a little Sublime karaoke.  Santeria gets the entire crowd singing along with you.

8.  You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette:  Nothing says, “I love the 90’s” more than AM’s first single from the 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill.”  That’s right, sister.  Just let it out. Once upon a time even former American Idol judge Kara Dioguardi rocked this song with us at a private event.

7.  Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi:  Rock Out Karaoke fans love this 1987 Bon Jovi/Sambora-written tune that starts with the windy acoustic intro, crescendos into a face-melting guitar solo, and ends back on the signature riff.  Anyone with the moxie to tackle this one is frequently rewarded with lots of praise from the crowd.

6.  Use Somebody – Kings of Leon:  Not all of the most popular tunes are “oldies.”  This 2009 smash hit from Tennessee family band Kings of Leon has gotten lots of radio play and gets lots of love from those who take the stage with us.

5.  Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood:  American Idol’s fourth season winner, Carrie Underwood, found a hit with this tune about smashing headlights and slashing tires. Guys, watch out for the girl who sings this one…

4.  Rebel Yell – Billy Idol:  This 80’s classic by sneering, spike-haired rocker Billy Idol is what Rock Out Karaoke is all about.  Raw, real, intense rock and roll, led by an energetic frontman from the audience.

3.  Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar: like Billy Idol, this one is a staple of our song list and gets lots of love by fans young and old.

2.  Sweet Child O Mine – Guns N Roses:  Another great rock anthem that lets our karaoke singers really unleash their inner rock star.  This tune has been on the ROK song list since day 1, and it’s no wonder why people choose to belt it out week after week.

1.  Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey:  There are two types of people in this world.  Those who love Journey and those who are liars.  This crowd favorite is guaranteed to get the entire bar singing along with you.  We’ve seen many a bachelorette/birthday groups rock this one and capture the attention of everyone within earshot.

So there you have it, sports fans.  The top 10 most-chosen tunes at Rock Out Karaoke.  We certainly hope to see you on stage with us soon, rocking one of these songs or one of the other 190-some-odd (and counting) songs on the list.

Honorable mention goes to the following great songs as well: Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash; Alive – Pearl Jam; Love Shack – the B52s; and Possum Kingdom – the Toadies.

San Diego Wedding Band

Looking for a wedding band? How about live band karaoke for your special day? Your guests will never forget when Grandma takes the stage with a live band at your wedding reception. Or how about Uncle Randy, who has a few too many before his best Bon Jovi impression? Let us help you make your day one to remember!

We’re happy to announce that Rock Out Karaoke will be attending the Bridal Bazaar at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Oct. 24th. In fact, we’re giving away some free tickets and discount admission passes! Just go to our Facebook fan page and “like” us there – let us know you want to go and they’re yours! First come, first served…

But don’t take our word for it – here’s a great Yelp review from Tom and Kristen, the most recent wedding we played at a beautiful winery in San Diego county.

Lemme tell ya- it was about 80% their fault that the guest reviews of the wedding were exclusively: “BEST WEDDING EVER!”  I am a discerning karaoker, and I HIGHLY recommend singing with them wherever they are playing- or hiring them for your event.

Remember that we do a lot more than just karaoke. In fact, we can put together a wedding package that works for you. We can DJ/Emcee the whole event, provide dinner/acoustic music, music during the ceremony, reception cover band, and of course, live band karaoke. If your wedding day isn’t the right time, how about the rehearsal dinner? Those can get a little rowdy – and we can help!

Rock Out Karaoke is San Diego’s most dynamic live music performance group, combining the raw power of a live rock band with the fun of audience participation, where individual singers take center stage with the live band! Complete with lyrics displayed on a monitor in real-time with the music, nothing is missing from this unique karaoke show! Rock Out Karaoke is available for your San Diego wedding or special event. Contact us today to find out how we can make your party one to remember!

12 Steps to a Better Me

San Diego girl to-do list including no drugs and no calling of the ex-boyfriendSo this doesn’t really have much to do with San Diego karaoke, live band karaoke, wedding music or anything else Rock Out Karaoke has our hands in, but it was simply too good to pass up.  A friend of ours found this list in a beach bar in San Diego and promptly posted it on her fridge (and on Facebook).  While we could have just posted this on the Rock Out Karaoke Facebook page and left it at that, we decided to dissect this little gem line by line.  Behold: the Pacific Beach to-do list.

The first item on this glorious list is to, “never call Landon again.”  This dude must be trouble.  Follow that with, “delete # tomorrow.”  Interesting that this line item has already been crossed off.  Perhaps she’s already deleted… or maybe, just maybe she had a change of heart and can’t bring herself to do it.  The third item reads, “no more talking about him ever.”  We assume that she’s still talking about Landon.  What a special guy to have a full 25% of this girl’s list dedicated to him.

Now on to the part that reminds us of MTV reality sensation Jersey Shore.  Items 4-6: “tan, whiten teeth, get hair done.”  Sounds good, but where’s the gym and laundry?

The second half of her list seems a little tougher to accomplish – at least for her.

To-do #7: “No Moondoggies for 3 more weeks.”  Why the self-imposed exile from one of PB’s most popular bars?  Perhaps Landon works there. Maybe he’s a regular.  More likely, that’s where they first embraced and danced to the latest top 4o hits, surrounded by drunk, sweaty college kids.  We can only imagine.  And if it’s 3 more weeks, how long has this been going on already?

Item #8: “Sex with Chris only.”  Chris must feel like a lucky guy.  Second choice to Landon, but at least he’s ahead of everyone else in San Diego.

Follow this with #9: “No blow.”  Mmmm.  Simple enough, but something tells us this will be the hardest item to accomplish on the list.

#10 – “Narcos only @ work.”  How bad is this chick’s job that she has to be on “narcos” to survive the work day?

#11 – “Drinking only 4x a week.”  Don’t know if you’ve heard honey, but too much drinking can be hazardous to your health, and might lead to the unwanted calling of Landon (and/or sex with someone other than Chris).

And finally, #12: “New clothes.”  If she’s drinking only four times a week and banging Chris exclusively, why spend money on new gear?  We guess a little retail therapy never hurt anyone.

Quite a to-do list, girl.  We’re sure Mom and Dad are proud.  We’re certainly glad to know that you haunt the same neighborhood that we call home.

Consider this an official invitation to join us on stage for live band karaoke on any Thursday night at the 710 Beach Club – right down the street from Moondoggies (since you can’t go there anyway).  What the hell, bring Landon too!

Special thanks to our Facebook friends for sharing this note found in a purse in PB.  What a gem and it looks so good on your fridge.

As Twitter follower @MFooteChargerSD said so eloquently, “Aww, I wonder if without the reminder she’ll end up coked out with Landon, dirty teeth & old clothes?”  Join the conversation and give us your thoughts on this list:  @rockoutkaraoke.

Rock Out Karaoke is San Diego’s most dynamic live music performance group, combining the raw power of a live rock band with the fun of audience participation, where individual singers take center stage with the live band! Rock Out Karaoke is available for your San Diego wedding or special event. Contact us today to find out how we can make your party one to remember!