Get on stage and rock with legends at Punk Rock Karaoke

Jessica sings at a microphone while her hair flies and lights makes her look green
Jessica sings “California Uber Alles” by Dead Kennedys at Punk Rock Karaoke at Gallagher’s Pub HB with Punk Rock Karaoke band members; guitarist Greg Hetson of Bad Religion/Circle Jerks; guitarist Stan Lee of the Dickies; bassist Randy Bradbury of Pennywise; and drummer Darrin Pfeiffer of Goldfinger.
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Punk Rock Karaoke

When: Saturday, July 24 at 7 p.m.

Where: Alex’s Bar, 2913 E Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90804


Upcoming Punk Rock Karaoke Shows

“Punk Rock Karaoke is awesome!,” according to my punk rock aficionado friend, Vince Velasco. Another friend, who will remain nameless here, sounded off by saying, “It sounds lame.”

Lame it is most certainly not.

Punk Rock Karaoke is not karaoke in the traditional sense. It is awesome because you are rocking out with legends of the punk rock scene. When I say legends, I am not exaggerating. Imagine yourself on an intimate stage as the lead singer of the band that consists of guitarist Greg Hetson of Bad Religion/Circle Jerks, guitarist Stan Lee of the Dickies, bassist Randy Bradbury of Pennywise and drummer Darrin Pfeiffer of Goldfinger.

This is what punk rock dreams are made of.

I got to check it out recently at Gallagher’s Pub HB where the raw energy was beyond anything I expected and some of the karaoke singers were really, really good.

After the last song ended, I left the venue with my heart still pumping and flooded with good memories of youth. The spirit of the evening was a blast and I’m still reveling at just how awesome this unique experience is — right here in Southern California. I highly recommend it, even if you’re too shy to get onstage and sing.

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Adam Barker sings while musicians play guitar and drums on a lighted stage
Adam Barker, of Los Angeles, belts out “21st Century Digital Boy” by Bad Religion.
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Four photos of the Punk Rock Karaoke Band members playing guitars and drums
Clockwise from top left, the Punk Rock Karaoke Band: guitarist Greg Hetson of Bad Religion/Circle Jerks; Bassist Randy Bradbury of Pennywise; drummer Darrin Pfeiffer of Goldfinger and guitarist Stan Lee of the Dickies;
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A man sings in a green light on a stage
Jorge Gonzalez, of Van Nuys, sings “Manny, Moe and Jack” by the Dickies at Punk Rock Karaoke at Gallagher’s Pub HB.
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People in the mosh pit at Punk Rock Karaoke
The mosh pit at Punk Rock Karaoke at Gallagher’s Pub HB.
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Anthony Hernandez sings on stage in front of musicians playing drums and guitar
Anthony Hernandez, of Redondo Beach, sings a Bad Brains song at Punk Rock Karaoke at Gallagher’s Pub HB.
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Two photos showing a man singing into a microphone in one and women in the audience moshing
At left, Darren Lubrano, of La Quinta, sings the song “Bro Hymn” by the band Pennywise. At right, fans mosh to the song.
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Two women sign onstage
Rachel and Michelle sing “Bad Habit” by the Offspring.
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Fans mosh in the audience
Fans mosh to the song “Bro Hymn” by the band Pennywise, sung by karaoke singers.
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Mug shots of Punk Rock Karaoke singers Adam Barker, Jessica, Rob Simundson and Vince Velasco while singing.
Clockwise from top left: Punk Rock Karaoke singers Adam Barker, Jessica, Rob Simundson and Vince Velasco.
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A man in a decorated collared yellow shirt and necklaces sings
Justin Cook, of Fullerton, sings “Gimme Gimme Gimme” by Black Flag.
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A man dances in the audience
Jorge Gonzalez, of Van Nuys, after singing “Manny, Moe and Jack” by the Dickies.
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