From the ashes, Good Luck Karaoke rose out of Twilite Lounge, having lost its long-time home at the Doublewide last spring. But its new Deep Ellum base is, according to host Josh Hammertimez, a perfect fit.
Tonight, Good Luck will be offering another unique layer to their eclectic shows: all singing will be auto-tuned to be pitch perfect (or some hilariously god-awful approximation thereof). So to all those who shy away from the mic due to lack of confidence, it's your move.
Good Luck Karaoke, a Dallas bar institution, currently features hosts Hammertimez and George Quartz assisting karaoke patrons by dressing up in character and supporting them on their sing-a-long endeavors. In April, they were abruptly asked to part ways with Doublewide, where they had been running Good Luck for three years.
But without skipping a beat, or even a single week of karaoke, GLK has been running their Thursday night shindig out of the Twilite for four months now. Hammertimez says both the management and the fans have been huge in keeping GLK strong.
"It's been awesome," he says. "When we realized we had to change the venue, a few places reached out to us. But what made sense to us is the relationship we had with Twilite."
Hammertimez says they've been given a great amount of freedom to pursue potentially controversial character ideas, and that working with Twilite staff has been the most fun he's had with GLK in quite some time.
"At the end of the night, when we're taking down our equipment and everything, I expect to have a great conversation with these guys," he explains. "We feel comfortable and at home there."
Another factor in the decision was Hammertimez's drive to join in on the resurgence of Deep Ellum in recent years, and to attract new foot traffic to GLK that otherwise might not've known about it. Between Club Dada, Trees and Three Links, he said he expects plenty of people to stumble upon GLK and have a blast.
The transition has been fairly smooth, with most of the GLK regulars flocking over from Doublewide to Twilite without issue. Hammertimez even said that many people from Deep Ellum would swing by GLK after seeing a show, so moving the event into the heart of the neighborhood has brought it even more in tune with the area.
"I don't know how we could've landed in a better place," he added. "People are just coming back to Deep Ellum."
For Hammertimez, one of the best things he gets to do is bring a wide spectrum of people together in one unifying gathering. Bridging that gap with something like karaoke and having a great time with everyone is why Hammertimez started GLK in the first lace.
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"I love when you have someone who's some wealthy, highland park woman up there singing, and then it's followed up by this guy who's also trying to sell a set of tools," he said. "You don't know what you're going to get, and that's fun for me."
Just three weeks ago, Hammertimez and Good Luck co-founder Oliver Peck celebrated "National Tequila Day," donning surprisingly expensive sombreros while remaining in character for the duration of the show.
The spoils of his characters all reside in Hammertimez's guest room, the inventory of which includes two disco balls, a projector, five wigs, three capes and sound equipment. Looking forward, Hammertimez is hoping to strike up a deal with a costume sponsor to alleviate the burden of buying or making new outfits each week.
For tonight's event, Hammertimez said it's a karaoke you can't find anywhere else. If, somehow, you're seeking costume-themed karaoke and want to sound like T-Pain, this is likely the only place in the world where you'll get both. So don't miss out.