Sing, sing, sing
UPDATE: After its months-long closure due to COVID-19, Voicebox Karaoke officially reopens Friday, July 3. New safety protocols, outlined in a July 2 press release, will include an improved HVAC system, microphone covers, deep cleaning of suites between each guest, and in-app song selection. Guests must wear masks, and there will be no public dining or bar area — although guests may order food and drinks to be delivered to their private suites. For more information, visit the website.
Fort Worth karaoke singers soon will have their own place to "feel like a natural woman," "don't stop believin'," and "carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters." Voiceboxkaraoke lounge will open January 25, 2020 in Crockett Row at West 7th.
Described in a release as "a private-suite karaoke experience," Voicebox is a decade-old entertainment venue from Portland that features "a relaxed, personal environment for guests to enjoy the company of friends as they mingle and sing along to their favorite tunes."
The new 3,900-square-foot lounge, located at 2955 Crockett St. (in the old Wrare space), will be the company's fifth as it expands across the United States. There are other lounges in Portland, Denver, and Boise, Idaho.
Voicebox will feature eight private karaoke suites with seating for more than 100 guests, along with an open public lounge area. Although it's destined to be a stop on bachelorette parties and late-night pub crawls, all ages are welcome.
There'll be a menu of bar snacks, plus a full bar with beer — special emphasis on Texas craft beers — wine, and liquor, "including Voicebox’s signature, house-infused saké cocktails for when you just need that little push to sing your heart out," the release says. (That sounds like a dare.) Wait staff will serve each of the private suites.
Each suite will be its own party, offering best-in-class karaoke systems, two TVs — one for the singer and one for guests to sing along. "The days of waiting your turn to sing your favorite tunes in front of the crowd are over; guests will have complete creative control in their suite, including music and lighting moods calibrated directly from a Smartphone or a provided remote control," the release says.
Those who have trouble picking a song should be warned: More than 71,000 songs are available, in 20 different languages. Online playlists at www.vbsongs.com allow guests to select songs before their visit.
“This is the perfect market for our expansion, and we could not be more excited to introduce the Voicebox experience to Texas," says Voicebox Founder Scott Simon in the release. "I love the energy of the Crockett Row area, and I can tell that the Fort Worth community is ready to rock with us.”