Blister in the Sun – Rockaroke

Did you know that sometimes when we SQL Karaoke, there is also a live band?  Last year at the MVP Summit, Microsoft brought in a band to spice up the karaoke.  Here’s clip of Grant Fritchey (Blog | @GFritchey) doing a rendition of Blister in the Sun.  Looks like a hit to me.

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Originally posted 2012-09-18 10:00:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Myths About SQL Karaoke

As the PASS Summit approaches, we are already getting excited for SQL Karaoke! Interestingly, some of the talk on twitter leads me to believe that there are many crazy rumors out there about what happens on #SQLKaraoke night. I want to assure you, this is a night for EVERYONE (well, except for children).

Here’s what I hear people saying about Karaoke night:

“But, I can’t sing!”

Believe me, hardly anyone there actually “can sing.” It’s all about having fun. If you want to sing, you can. If you don’t want to, you should still come. You will be entertained. No one is there to judge anyone else. In fact, as you will see, the crazier you are, the better – on stage and off! :-D

“But, I don’t drink”

While some people do drink (and drink a lot) during SQL Karaoke night, not everyone does. It’s definitely ok to do what you are comfortable with! We just want people to come and enjoy themselves. Whether they choose to drink alcohol or not, it doesn’t matter.

It’s such a late night!

SQL Karaoke does tend to end pretty late in the evening, or should I say early in the morning? That said, no one is forcing anyone to stay super late. We like to think that you will be having so much fun, that you will want to stay late. If you are someone who likes to go to bed early so you are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the keynote in the morning, feel free to leave when you want. If you do decide to stay out late one night, remember: the PASS Summit is in Seattle, there is a Starbucks on every corner (literally).

I don’t know how to get there!

The great news is this: almost every night, there will be a group of people sharing large cabs (I’m talking vans full of people) to Bush Garden. The more people sharing the cab fare, the better. There are also groups of people who will walk there to and from together. We all welcome anyone into the group, as we certainly don’t want anyone walking alone. It’s only about 3 miles away, but not all the neighborhoods are the greatest, especially not in the middle of the night. We never let anyone leave alone.

All in all, SQL Karaoke night (official and non) is a great time to hang out with a bunch of fun-loving Geeks. You should plan to check it out!

Originally posted 2012-08-29 08:30:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Interview with Tim Mitchell

As we’ve mentioned here before, SQL Karaoke is a great place to meet up with people in the SQL Server community.  This week, we are meeting Tim Mitchell (Blog | @tim_mitchell).  Tim is one of those that comes to SQL Karaoke and is a pretty decent singer.  Without further ado, here is what Tim thinks about SQL Karaoke…

Who are you? Tim Mitchell

When did you first SQLKaraoke? I think it was 2009, on my first trip to PASS in Seattle.

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke song? Without question, it’s “In This Club” done by Allen, the karaoke DJ at Bush Garden.

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke singer? That’s tough – there are so many good entertaining singers at SQLKaraoke… Arlene Gray doing the Rocky Horror Picture Show song… Jason Strate with the “da ba dee da ba di” thing, Patrick LeBlanc making up his own T-SQL lyrics on stage… Rick Heigis and Chuck Heinzelman singing, uh, whatever the hell it is they’re singing.

Do you SQLKaraoke? Of course! I do a mean Elvis (“just a hunka hunka burnin’ love…”) and some smooth Sonny and Cher with my friend Kathi Kellenberger.

What was the best SQL Karaoke moment that you’ve experienced? The MVP summit of 2010. We had just about every SQL MVP on the planet in Bush Garden, almost everyone sang, and we capped it off by everyone doing a monster rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody”. It was epic.

What are you thinking right “meow”? Chinese food.

Anything you want to add? SQL Karaoke is for everyone. If you’re a singer, you’ll fit in. If you prefer not to sing, there are lots of others just like you who simply come to laugh at the rest of us. Don’t know anybody there? You might arrive not knowing anyone, but I promise you that you’ll leave with some new friends. Don’t care to stay out all night? No worries, it’s come-and-go, stay as long as you like. Worried about getting back to your hotel? It’s a short cab ride, and you can usually find someone to split a cab with. Have to get up early and you’re worried about being out late? There’s coffee at the summit. No excuses! Get out to SQL Karaoke.

Want to be interviewed?  Contact Jason Strate through twitter.

Originally posted 2012-10-11 10:00:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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It Isn’t Always Jager at #SQLKaraoke

If you’ve been to a SQLKaraoke night, you may have noticed a shot of jager or two on the tables.  Earlier this year, down at SQL Rally, Jorge Segarra (Blog | @SQLChicken) showed us all that sometime we need a little Gin & Juice.

SQLRally – SQLChicken – Gin & Juice from Jason Strate on Vimeo.

Originally posted 2011-09-07 05:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Interview with Thomas LaRock

When it comes to SQL Karaoke, someone needs to watch over us and see over the entertainment.  That job has seem to fallen to Thomas LaRock (Blog | @SQLRockstar).  While not often a singer, he sees and knows when the songs, and sometimes the dancing, are good.  Here are his answers to the SQL Karaoke inteview.

Who are you?

The Happymaker

When did you first SQLKaraoke?

In 2006, with Aunt Kathi (Blog | @auntkathi), Todd Robinson (Blog | @DevSQL), and Allen Kinsel (Blog | @sqlinsaneo ) at Bush Gardens.

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke song?

Birthday Sex by the KJ at Bush Gardens

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke singer?

The KJ at Bush Gardens

Do you SQLKaraoke?

I am mostly a voyeur

What was the best SQL Karaoke moment that you’ve experienced?

Watching Scott Gleason give the bum’s rush to some dude at Bush Garden

What are you thinking right “meow”?

That answering these questions has distracted me from more serious internet endeavors, like LOLcats

Anything you want to add?

Yes, zeros to the end of my paycheck

Want to be interviewed?  Contact Jason Strate through twitter.

Originally posted 2012-09-27 10:00:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Rocking the 80s with Rock Me Amadeus

Sometimes it takes a couple backup dancers, such as Mark Vaillancourt (Blog | @markvsql) and Doug Lane (Blog | @thedouglane), to make a song a bit bearable.

Got a video of SQLKaraoke? Shoot it over to videos@sqlkaraoke.com.

Originally posted 2012-09-25 10:00:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Tik Tok – Jorge and Jason – Rockaraoke

Jorge Segarra (Blog | @SQLChicken) and Jason Strate (Blog | @StrateSQL) killing (as in terrible, or at least Jason is) Tik Tok at the Pragmatic Works Rockarocke during the PASS Summit 2012.

Originally posted 2013-02-07 10:00:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Don’t Stop Believing

Some songs are made to end an evening.   Find a good SQL Karaoke, just plain karaoke, picture?  Send it to pictures@sqlkaraoke.com.

Originally posted 2012-10-19 10:00:06. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Some MVPs at the MVP Summit

I’m not sure how I missed this video, but it seems someone found out about the SQL Server MVPs sneaking off to Bush Gardens at the MVP Summit.  The video is about 15 minutes and it’s a pretty dang good compilation of the night.

Got a video of SQLKaraoke? Shoot it over to videos@sqlkaraoke.com.

Originally posted 2012-09-04 14:00:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Interview with David Maxwell

When you go out to a night of SQL Karaoke, there are a lot of people that you’ll meet.  This week we are interviewing David Maxwell (Blog | @dmmaxwell), I’ve met David a number of times at SQL Karaoke events.  As opposed to myself, David can actually sing; which is not a quality that we all share.  Here’s what David has to say about SQL Karaoke.

Who are you?

David Maxwell, a Production Support DBA from Columbus OH.

When did you first SQLKaraoke?

My first SQL Karaoke experience was SQL Saturday Cleveland in 2011. If figured if I was gonna drive through a blizzard to get there, I was going to make it count.

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke song?

I would have to say Bohemian Rhapsody, with everyone up there, all singing their hearts out.

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke singer?

I could never pick just one.  Mark Vaillancourt (Blog | @markvsql), Jes Schultz Borland (Blog | @grrl_geek), Eddie Wuerch (Blog | @EddieW), Wendy Pastrick (Blog @wendy_dance), Jason Strate (Blog| @StrateSQL)… I know, every time they get up there, it’s gonna be awesome.

Do you SQLKaraoke?

Absolutely. I wouldn’t miss it for anything. Singing, and hanging out with my cool people. What’s not to love?

What are you thinking right “meow”?

That trying to run the MAP toolkit, Foglight, three instances of of SQL and deployment scripts on my management workstation provides an excellent opportunity to answer emails from my laptop.

Anything you want to add?

Tons of people have said this before, so I’m kind of preaching to the choir, but SQL Karaoke is about community, friends, fun… having a good time with people who you can relate to. It’s not about the singing itself, and especially not about singing ability. Get up there and have fun with it, and I hope to see you at the next event.

Want to be interviewed?  Contact Jason Strate through twitter.

Originally posted 2012-09-13 10:00:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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