Your Song with Colin

If you’ve been wondering where the PASS Summit 2012 SQL Karaoke videos are, the wait is over.  Here’s Colin Stasiuk (Blog | @ColinStasiuk) wooing the SQL folks with a little Your Song.

Originally posted 2013-01-24 10:00:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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A Little R. Kelly at SQL Karaoke

Want a taste of SQL Karaoke? Here’s myself and Aaron Nelson (Blog | @SQLVariant) giving a try at Bump ‘n Grind by R. Kelly. This was from earlier this year at the MVP Summit.

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Originally posted 2012-09-11 10:00:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Picture – Colin

Colin Stasiuk (Blog | @ColinStasiuk) kicking out the baby-making music with a little Wicked Game at PASS Summit 2012.

Originally posted 2013-02-28 10:00:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Drink and Sing

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Originally posted 2012-10-26 10:00:07. 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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SQLKaraoke at the PASS Summit

It’s just two more weeks until the PASS Summit.  If you’ve been living under a box, you might not have heard about SQL Karaoke.  So, if that’s you, let’s break it all down.

The Movement

A few years back Kathi Kellenberger (Blog | @auntkathi) took Thomas LaRock (Blog | @SQLRockstar) out for a little karaoke.  There were probably others there too, but those two were at the beginning.  Karaoke always involves singing, some good and some bad (duh). Usually drinks are involved too. The drinking and singing (of questionable quality) inspired others to join. SQLKaraoke was born.

Now whenever people get together at SQL events, and there is a little karaoke, we call it SQLKaraoke.  During some of these events, people have recorded the songs and jotted down notes on the occurrence.  That’s where this site comes in, seeing a need to collect this stuff for posterity (mild embarrassment). is a place to collect what has transpired (provided people approve their videos).

The Event

At the PASS Summit there is always an official SQLKaraoke night.  This helps people know when the best and the worst of humanity can be found at PASS.  This year, SQLKaraoke is on Wednesday, October 12 at 9:30 PM.

As it has been for the past few years, SQLKaraoke is happening at Bush Gardens.

Bush Garden
614 Maynard Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98104

This quaint establishment features a great KJ and good drinks.  The place is small so come early and reserve yourself a seat.  By 10 PM, expect the establishment to be standing room only.  The KJ also works for tips, so please be as gracious to him as he’s going to be to us.

As has happened the last couple years, the master of ceremonies for SQLKaraoke will be Denny Cherry (Blog | @MrDenny).  Really all that means is he’s running the train, which means saying, “Let’s go!” loudly, to get people down to Bush Gardens.  As an added bonus, Denny has arranged to get two drink sponsors for the event.  The companies NEC and Genesis Hosting Solutions have offered to open the bar to those that have SQLKaraoke wristbands.  For information on obtaining a wristband, that falls into Denny’s lap – he’s the gatekeeper.

The drink wristbands have no effect on being able to get into Bush Gardens, they only bestow special drinking privileges for the night.

The Also Happening

SQLKaraoke isn’t just a one time event at the PASS Summit.  If you miss the first day, there will inevitably be opportunities to join in on nights before and after the official event.  Don’t be afraid to join.  Throw up the hashtag like a gang sign and find out who is with you.

Originally posted 2011-09-27 20:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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PASS Summit 2012 – aka A Week of #SQLKaraoke

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 2 weeks since the PASS Summit! We spent 4 nights singing our hearts out, and had very little voice left by the end of the week to prove it!

We went to Bush Garden Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights. Wow! That’s a lot of singing! Random animals made dancing appearances during songs (in the form of masks)… I sang Spiderwebs and Material Girl, two of my old standbys. Jason S.(@StrateSQL), Josh (@joshuafennessy), Colin (@ColinStasiuk), Amanda (@rottengeek), Mickey (@SQLMickey), and Jason H. (@jasonhorner) were among the “regulars” we were out with each night. I know there were others that were out every night too. Feel free to leave a comment with your info at the bottom if you were.

Wednesday night, we got to double the karaoke! The night started at the Hard Rock Cafe, at the #SQLKaraoke party sponsored by Pragmatic Works. This was one of the highlights of the week for me, because I got to sing with a live band!! You really feel like a rock star when you’ve got a band backing you up. It was also the first time I sang in front of a couple hundred or so people! It’s not as intimidating as singing in front of a smaller, typical karaoke audience. I’m not sure why that is?!? The Hard Rock was a great location for this too, as there is a gorgeous roof top with lots of patio space, couches, bonfires, etc. There were over 600 people there, but they were pretty spread out, so it wasn’t as crowded as it could have been.

How do you NOT feel like a rock star with this many people singing and dancing along with you??

After the Hard Rock, we headed back over to Bush Garden for another sponsored #sqlkaraoke night! Thank you to Denny Cherry (@mrdenny) for getting Idera to sponsor that one again this year! When we first got there, it wasn’t much busier than an ordinary night at karaoke. It didn’t take long before all the Bush Garden Die Hards showed up and filled the place! We had a great time singing the night away!

I’m sure you will see many new posts and videos coming out of this year’s week of karaoke. We hope those of you who joined us had a blast, and those that didn’t, will join us in the future.

Originally posted 2012-11-19 10:25:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The End of the World with Eddie

Here’s Eddie Wuerch (Blog | @EddieW) knocking out The End of the World by R.E.M.  Definitely great to see him nailing the tempo on this one.

Originally posted 2013-01-22 10:00:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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One Week… Since PASS

It’s been a week since PASS ended and I’m still trying to figure out if I got any good videos (and then getting permission to post them).  In the mean time, here’s Doug Lane (Blog | @thedouglane) from last year.

Originally posted 2012-11-16 12:00:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Interview with Mark Vaillancourt

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 Mark Vaillancourt (Blog | @markvsql), or for those that know him already, just interviewing him.  Mark has made quite an impact when he comes out to SQLKaraoke.  One thing that I’ve heard Mark say when it comes to karaoke is that he can sing, but only in someone else’s voice.  So now, let’s see what Mark has to say on the subject.

Who are you?
I am Mark Vaillancourt, and information management consultant focusing in the BI space. I have degrees in English and Theater, so naturally I am a database consultant. I also spent 3 years in a TheatreSports Improvised Comedy troupe, which was an awesome outlet for the just flat out weird stuff that goes on in my head.

When did you first SQLKaraoke?
I first did SQLKaraoke at SQL Saturday #31 in Chicago back in 2010. I hadn’t really heard of SQLKaraoke before and it took me a bit before I felt comfortable trying it.

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke song?
My first song was Louis Armstrong’s It’s a Wonderful World. The twist was that I did it AS Louis Armstrong. My Louis is actually pretty good, so it went over well.

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke singer?
In the Talent category, David Maxwell (Blog | @dmmaxwell) can rock out Pearl Jam like nobody’s bidness.

In the “oh my gawd that’s seom funny sh..stuff” category, that would be the one and only Jason Strate (Blog| @StrateSQL).

Do you SQLKaraoke?
I SQLKaraoke at every opportunity. With the improve comedy over and done with, SQLKaraoke is a great way to let off some nutty steam.

What are you thinking right “meow”?
Having a cat is like having a two-year-old with no thumbs.

Anything you want to add?
SQLKaraoke, for those who don’t know, is an AMAZING way to network with people. There are people that only know of my existence because of SQLKaraoke. I hope, one day, to be known for more than that, but it’s a great start.

Want to be interviewed?  Contact Jason Strate through twitter.

Originally posted 2012-10-04 10:00:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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