Leaving the dark side: Dennis’ Place now has a 1:6 karaoke-to-live-music ratio

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Behold, the power of The Dark Side! Sing it with me now: Sweet Caro-- Come on! The words are right on the screen!

Behold, the power of The Dark Side! Sing it with me now: Sweet Caro-- Come on! The words are right on the screen!

Dennis’ Place was one of the last, if not the last, regular weekly gig of the late local-music legend Don Shipps and his Titanic Blues Band, and the bar on West Sunshine Street has long been a haven for top-notch blues and rock groups such as Lost Highway and Hurry Sundown. In recent years, the bar made the switch to a majority-karaoke format as the elaborately lit stage became host to projector screens and other paraphernalia for the not-live music performing, um, “art.”

You may have deduced (correctly) that we’re not fans of the k word. We–and you, dear live music lovers–need not fret. The bar’s days as a music venue are back. Find out what it’s up to after the break.

While Saturday will remain as Dennis’ Place’s karaoke night–sensible, since karaoke has been a successful draw at the bar since it was brought in–the other six nights of the week are now about instrumented play. Sundays are the bar’s weekly blues free-for-all, while Mondays continue as the weekly Trash Angels gig and Tuesdays are open jam night. Friday continues the bar’s tradition of weekend rock acts, but Wednesdays (once a regular karaoke night) and Thursdays (possibly the same, though we don’t remember for sure) are now freed up for more band bookings. Case in point: This week the bar hosts The Endangered Species (Wednesday) and Tuck & Abney (Thursday) on those nights, in addition to Triple Shot (formerly known as Loosely Tight) on Friday. Consider it another victory for live music in the city. Who can get enough of those?

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