Even the karaoke faint of heart can find a place at Beerland's Rockeoke. First observations may leave newcomers wondering if Austin now boasts its own karaoke rehab clinic. A few drinks later, the scene more closely resembles the Mickey Mouse Club gone terribly wrong. All around, people peruse song selections, while an impressive version of, say, Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" rumbles from the stage. Some unfortunate, well-meaning newbie takes the stage and yodels out the first notes of Garth Brooks. While the requisite enthusiastic support and jovial cheers ensue, the emcee, it seems, decides to lay down the law: New country songs are not allowed, but artists like Willie and Johnny are acceptable; don't drop the microphone; songs from musicals, especially Grease, are forbidden; and no B-52's. Ladies & gentlemen, this is Rockeoke. Follow the rules and you may discover the best Karaoke support group in Texas.
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