District Karaoke, one of Washington’s most competitive karaoke leagues, could soon be going mobile. The group, which just finished its fall city-wide finals, has started raising money on Kickstarter to create a bike-borne karaoke machine.
“I can only imagine,” says District Karaoke founder Jesse Rauch. “We go down to the National Mall and go to that stage they have there—-pop-up karaoke.”
A few days into its campaign, the group has raised $145 of the $6,320 it needs. Rauch says about half of the $6,320 goal would be used to buy the sound and karaoke system, while the rest would pay for a European cargo bike to carry it all.
Rauch says mobile karaoke is about bringing diverse groups of people together, and he has a list of places he imagines impromptu karaoke parties breaking out: the National Arboretum, the Tweed Ride, in front of the White House. But even if his group can fund the bike, he realizes there will be other obstacles. “Of course, I recognize the National Park Service doesn’t always like those types of things,” he says.
Unfortunately, if you were hoping to liven up a bike trip with “Werewolves of London,” you’re out of luck. Rauch says karaoke will not be allowed while the bike’s moving, only when it’s stationary.
Photo courtesy District Karaoke.