This has been a difficult decision to make.On one hand they are Albuquerque Nite Life. On the other hand they are not a locally owned and operated small business. According to small local businesses such as bowling centers, restaurants and venues, they are responsible for sucking the life out of most of them. They also will not advertise on Call Me Ozz because we are "too small". Should they be removed from the karaoke listings and the bowling section?
Here lately there has been a lot of venues like Fox n Hound, Ned's and Isleta Casino that have brought karaoke in for a while, then cut it. Then bring it back again, then cut. I see this as a bad thing for the community and for the venues that keep it going through thick and thin. Just like anything, in a years time karaoke has it's ups and downs, and it really sucks to everyone else when venue only does it at the peak. Should those venues be boycotted?
*****FOOTBALL SEASONS BEGINS******KARAOKE GETS PUSHED ASIDE****Tonight is the first game of the season, therefore many bars will be delaying football and expecting singers to come to their place anyways after the game. I say don't go! Karaoke addicts support venues year round, and seriously, so you need to listen to a game? You have 19 venues to choose from. If your regular venue has dissed you for football, perhaps you should dis them for karaoke. Don't settle for their second best. If you know of venues that are NOT delaying karaoke for football, please post them here so other singers will know where to go tonight and not waste THEIR time.
Many peeps ask me where's my tip jar.......here's my standard answer...the bar pays me to be here give it to the wait staff...here's my reasons $2!! my hourly is more than that and that's bout what servers get. The rest is from what you leave and yes folks that's how they get paid by WHAT YOU LEAVE! So why would I want to take that away from the wait staff? Secondly tip jar promotes song rotationproblems! Just cause you walk in pop me a five and think your next is not gonna happen! Show up early and become part of the family then you will be next! I don't mind if you tip my DJs but don't give me one and don't expect rotation help.....sorry for the rant but I'm bugged by poor tipping to a great wait staff! Ps $20 for a night out of fun at karaoke is cheap so if your a non drinker and drink Pepsi like I do leave a twenty to the server you took a table that they could have made that $20 serving drinks! And lastly all you DJs out there quit being greedy and put that tip jar away you got paid! Lol (Teles from Live Mic)
Ok ok, so tonight went pretty great considering it was Memorial Day weekend and there was a lot going on and what not!! But there is always one out of the bunch that likes to spoil things!!!! Biggest pet peeve at my gigs.... DO NOT EVER TALK SHIT ABOUT SOMEONE SINGING A SONG, I don't care if you're gods gift to singing and your voice was sent down by angels! SHUT THE F UP!! KEEP IT TO YOUR SELF cause I have no problem making an example of YOU on the mic in front of everyone, straight up!!! I don't play around in life and at my gigs, honesty.. That's how I role like it or not!!! There are always other gigs to go to!!
-- U don't have to be a SINGER to support OR to even have a good TIME -- Arrive early to get requests in & keep singing rotation moving smoothly -- Arriving early ALSO helps dress up the venue for "walk ins" -- SPEND MONEY & TIP THE BAR STAFF!! -- If at ALL possible, try to avoid songs longer than say 4:30, ESPECIALLY towards the end of the nite when MORE people are acheiving THEIR level of "courage" -- Try & be more like the opposite of the normal person who would "fill out a comment card"...... Leave as much feedback about POSITIVE experiences u have rather than focus on negatives -- If u need "liquid courage" to perform, don't WAIT 'til ur at that level & expect the KJ to magically be able to spring u forward in the rotation...... In particular if it's busy -- if there is a large number of singers, submit ur request, then by the time it's ur TURN, u'll have "the courage"
Colleagues & anybody remotely in the biz, does this about cover it?? Feel free to add anything i may have neglected in the comments & SHARE!!!!
....Ozz sings in front of about 1500 people a month in almost every venue in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Going out 3-5 night per week. Karaoke in Albuquerque is what it's all about. Due to an overwhelming response from the singers of Albuquerque/Rio Rancho the reviews are back. After reading the review please visit "THE REPORT CARD" to get the whole picture. Also feel free to leave your two cents....
It is alot of work to keep this site growing and provide more of a service to the karaoke community. I would like to know your thoughts, good bad ugly. It's the only way I can make it better. Also, if you have a suggestion for a new forum topic, let me know.
News and Reviews for Call Me Ozz-You're trusted name for your addiction!
On Memorial Day, we are scheduled to launch Call Me Ozz in the North. This spider site will service Santa Fe, Pojoaque, Los Alamos, Espanola, Taos and Colorado Springs. In Colorado Springs we are working with our affiliate www.KaraokeHasTalent.com directed by David Jones a long time karaoke brother of Albuquerque. Call Me Ozz in the North will feature karaoke, comedy, live music and live theater in those towns with expansions planned for Pueblo, Denver and Las Vegas, NM.
We have decided to set up future websites in regions instead of towns so that we have no limits on where we may show up. The next site will be Call Me Ozz in the South which will feature Socorro, T or C, Las Cruces, Silver City, Tuscon, El Paso and Juarez, Mexico.
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In our meeting last month, we confirmed that Been There Sung That, the worlds only live karaoke talk show, that airs every Wednesday at 9pm MST, will be airing live from the NM State Fair on Wednesday, September 16th immediately following the Elimination Round.
We have also confirmed that the first night of eliminations will be held at the Villa Hispania Stage inside the Spanish Village which will feature Spanish and Mexican Karaoke Elimination only.
We have also secured a contract to host the first ever NM State Fair Comedy Showcase, featuring 15 of New Mexico’s best stand up comedians, three nights immediately following the Elimination rounds on September 11, 12 and 19th. Kevin Kennedy, the director No More Laffs Dot Net, a spider site of Call Me Ozz, shall be the host for this amazing event.
We look forward to seeing you at the qualification nights and at the NM State Fair this year!
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS!
NM STATE FAIR KARAOKE COMPETITIONS JUST KEEP GROWING!
"Call Me Ozz is the best place in town for customer service. We were very happy with the results."
Be sure and drop by the Members Corners and say hi (Sign into their guestbook) to our newest members since our last update:
I get asked all the time, "where is your favorite place to go". I can't pick just one. I like them all.....well almost. Some places I like because of the KJ, Crowd, or the Sound, or the Stage.....so here are my favorite eight places from last month:
Coronado Mobile Home Village
Applebee's San Pedro
NEW VIDEOS UPLOADED
Check out some of our singers having the time of their lives at Karaoke!
CALL ME OZZ WELCOMES OUR SPONSORS!
This month I would like to thank the KJ's that are participating in the N.M. STATE FAIR KARAOKE CONTEST. Without them this would not happen! Please support them! Thank You!
NMSF Karaoke Competition
1.Effingbar & Grill
2.Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill
4.You can be a sponsor to!
NEW IN THE KJ SHOWCASE!
We have one new profiles in the KJ Showcase:
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THE WINNERS CIRCLE
REST IN PEACE
Unfortunately sometimes we have to say goodbye to our great singers, friends and family.
Call Me Ozz has a page dedicated to those who have left us. Visit the Rest In Peace memorial page if you know someone who should be there or if you'd like to leave a comment in one of their guestbooks.
1.Upcoming NMSF Competition: Lucky 66 Bowl-Qualification Night Friday May 29th. The first ten to the NM State Fair
2.Upcoming NMSF Competition: Effingbar: Thursday, June 18th. It is no longer a Costume Competition. It’s just a qualifying night of 4 out of 12.
3.Upcoming NMSF Competition: Louie’s Pub & Grill: Thursday, June 25th. Top Male/Top Female. 12 Males, 12 Females may enter. 4 Males, 4 Females shall advance to the NM State Fair.
4.Upcoming NMSF Competition: Fiesta’s Cantina: Sunday, June 28th. Up to 24 may enter. Dueling is permitted, meaning that the same song may be sung by more than one singer.
LUCKY 66 BOWL to kick off the N.M. STATE FAIR COMPETITION!
The Call Me Ozz Newsletter is finalized on the 25th of every month prior to publication. Changes after the 25th of the month will not be posted until the following month. As of the 25th, this is the way it was. For the most up to date information, check the FIND A PLACE TO SING TONIGHT PAGE, the KJ SHOWCASE and the VENUE PROFILE PAGE.
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With so many venues hosting Karaoke it is critical that we support them. Karaoke should be fun. It can be a great way to wash away the grind of the week. Get out, have fun, support the community, take a break and be a star for 4 minutes!
CALL ME OZZ EVENT PLANNER COMING SOON!
We are setting up the new website under Call Me Ozz, the Event Planner. This is a project we dreamed about after the NM State Fair last year. After realizing how many connections to the entertainment industry Call Me Ozz has, we see it as quite fitting to help you with your event, whether it’s for 10 or 10,000. A birthday, company party, competition, celebration of life, matanza, or whatever, we have everything you need. This site will list many entertainers, venues and caterers so you can do it all yourself, or let us do it for you……coming very, very soon.
Pia at Evolution
Ozz singing No More Tears in Dallas at Gators with KJ Pyles and Bunny
History was made on Friday, May 29th as the first ten were qualified to compete at the NM State Fair 2015. Dewars Pub was packed to capacity by 8:20pm, the overflow was filling up and at precisely 9:00pm the competition began as Ozz came in singing “I Don’t Know” in honor of the fact, we didn’t know at that moment, followed by Jason Paz the 2014 NM State Fair karaoke champion who was then followed by the first contestant.
By the end of the night, Jason Paz sang gone more time and Ozz ended it with “Crazy Train” as it’s time to all get aboard….and announce the first ten. Congrats! To follow this competition visit the New Mexico State Fair Karaoke Competition section of this website: