You, too, can be Dolly Parton
For the past two-and-a-half years, Tuesdays at 10 High were "residency" nights. A local band would simply headline each week for a month. Recently, talent buyer Nicole Jurovics says she wanted to shake things up a little.
Now, every Tuesday at 10 p.m., the subterranean club — which usually reverberates with the sounds of hard rock, pop, nu-metal and other foundation-rattling delights — is filled with the sweet sounds of a veteran four-piece country band. For the past seven weeks, Joe Davies (guitar), Tommy Dodd (pedal steel), Brad William (bass) and Jim Mouton (drums) have served as the house band for Karaoke-Dokee, a live sing-along brouhaha (or brou-yee-haw).
The premise is simple: Patrons check out an ever-growing list of tunes to sing along with, sign up and sing out. Naturally, a visit (or three) to the bar encourages the aspiring Garths and Dollys. A feisty local cowpoke called Birdman introduces the singers and they do their thing with a talented band backing them up. Currently, there's nearly 100 songs to pick from, and the band learns additional songs each week, based on request sheet suggestions. Karaoke-Dokee is the sly Southern cousin to 10 High's popular Metal-Some Mondays, says Jurovics. "It's undeniably great music; a lot of songs you'd find on any Best Of country collection." Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Sr. and Jr. are all well represented.
But will country music endure in trendy Virginia-Highland? "This is still an experiment for us," she admits, but so far the downstairs down-home hoedown has been a dad-blamed success. "It's the only time I've really seen people dance and just get into the music. It's just a lot of fun."
Karaoke-Dokee happens every durn Tuesday at the waterin' hole called 10 High. $5. For more info, call 404-873-3607 or visit www.tenhighclub.com.