Book release parties are usually calm affairs, which makes sense. It’s just a person reading from their book, and hanging out to make some small talk. Which is normally fine. But sometimes they really set themselves apart. Tonight is one of those cases, when Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield has his book release party, for his memoir, Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke, at powerHouse Arena (37 Main Street, DUMBO). As his book is about karaoke, there’s going to be karaoke at powerHouse after Sheffield does his reading, and it’s all for free. Forever’s gonna start tonight.
If you were at our No Office Office Party at Littlefield back in December, you might remember the karaoke. And you also might remember that one of the best moments of the entire night when someone who did “Total Eclipse of the Heart” was joined in the chorus by everyone who was there. Karaoke is contagious, but what’s even better than doing it at a bar is doing it somewhere it normally doesn’t happen.
And sure, Sheffield’s book, about how karaoke helped put his life back together after his wife suddenly died, sounds a bit heavy. But how many other book release parties have the possibility of ending in a joyous group sing-along? powerHouse’s events coordinator told us that anyone interested in doing karaoke after Sheffield reads will have their names put in a jar and pulled out at random, so anyone who goes tonight will have a fair chance to sing, which is the way it should be. And how many other times will you get to show off your singing skills in front of a Rolling Stone writer?
Brooklyn Book Launch and Karaoke: Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke by Rob Sheffield, tonight, 7pm – 9pm, powerHouse arena, 37 Main Street, DUMBO, FREE