The Lafayette man takes passion to the next level with a new karaoke bar: “This is how we do it” | Business

When Jeramie Kinnerson wants to get a crowd excited at a karaoke event, he usually shoots the first song he sings on stage, “This is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan.

The catchy song from 1995 – and the connection he felt with audiences singing it – is what drew him to karaoke over a decade ago. Now Kinnerson plans to perform the song on busy Friday nights at his new business, The Stage Karaoke Bar.

“’This is How We Do It’ is my choice, especially if it’s a Friday night when the crowd is packed,” Kinnerson said. “But if it’s just to try something to make people laugh and have a good time, I’ll do ‘Angel’ from Shaggy because I do a really good shaggy impersonation. I love when the client sings a song with it. me. I try to let my clients blackmail. “

Kinnerson, a banker by trade, entered the world of karaoke shortly after his first experience on stage because a local karaoke provider hadn’t come up with a song he wanted to sing, “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green.

“No one was updating their karaoke music back then,” Kinnerson said. “You just had to do old school. I got out of college and wanted to do this new music that was coming out, so I went with my partners and we found a program that is constantly updating the music. is how we entered Corporate Karaoke. “

Kinnerson has hosted karaoke events throughout the region for several years, and during the pandemic he opened his own event business focused on outdoor karaoke.

“When I don’t have karaoke events, I want to go see other people doing karaoke,” Kinnerson said. “And now that I’m married, she goes out and sings too. She loves it.”

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He and his wife Rachel recently had the idea of ​​opening a bar dedicated solely to karaoke.

They expect to open Stage Karaoke Bar later this month at 5721 Johnston St. next to GL’s Mongolian Grill.

In addition to a karaoke stage and an indoor VIP section, the bar will offer a large outdoor patio with garden games and a secondary karaoke facility for busy nights.

Kinnerson said it will offer free shots for those who take the stage as well as a traditional bar menu and non-alcoholic options for designated drivers. He hopes to meet the needs of superstars and spectators. After all, he was once a spectator himself.

“For a while, I just watched people do karaoke but never sang,” Kinnerson said. “Then I did ‘This is how we do it’, and I’ve been hooked ever since. “

The Stage should be open initially from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays and from 11 a.m. to midnight on Sundays. Kinnerson said he would eventually like to open the bar seven days a week.

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