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Best Karaoke St. Louis 2010 - Rockin' Gators Bar & Grill - CLOSED

Rockin\' Gators Bar & Grill

Rockin' Gators Bar & Grill

9538 Gravois

St. Louis, MO 63123

314-544-7987

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Located on the corner of Gravois and MacKenzie roads, Rockin' Gators has no obvious front door. The south-facing entrance is a simple, solid white door. Its rear entry, accessible from the parking lot, looks more like a service entrance. But if the exterior of the one-story stone building looks less than inviting, the clubhouse atmosphere inside couldn't be more so, whether you're one of the many regulars or a first-timer. Boomtown Karaoke holds court at Rockin' Gators every Wednesday through Saturday night, and the dictionary-thick song books contain pretty much any tune you'd ever want to croon. The karaoke nights attract all the usual suspects, and the Shania Twain wannabes, the Frank Sinatra sentimentalists and the Metallica growlers all get their turn on the wireless mic.

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Tim James Gerber
Tim James Gerber

Let me introduce myself, I am DJ Tim J of Boomtown Karaoke. I just want to quickly address your issues. 1) I do not have a pirated system, I have pride in saying I paid for all my music. 2) I might play a game to please my customers about 5 times a year. If it interferes with the show at all, I quit the game. 3) It appears I have 2 different speakers, but they are exactly the same, simply one is in a wooden case & the other is in a plastic one. Peavey discontinued the wooden cases, therefore I had to go with a plastic one. No one, including you, would throw out a completely perfect speaker simply so they'll "look alike". 4) My sound equipment is some of the most expensive out there & I get hundreds of compliments about how much they love my sound because no one regulates the voice & music the way I do. Peavey has always been the best & I've tried it all. In conclusion, I have been to every karaoke show in the city at one time or another. Some have been good, some bad, some so-so. I have even been to all the shows you've mentioned. I pride myself in saying that the way I run my show is I've looked at all the other's good & bad qualities & have kept all the good & eliminated all the bad faults they've had. Not all can be pleased, but my hundreds of customers may see it a little differently. To all my GatorHeads out there, ROCK ON!

Michael Bell
Michael Bell

Went there last night, and it was god awful. Yeah he has a big selection but I will guarantee it's an illegal system that he pirated from somewhere or someone, and there is a wireless mic, but it was garbage, Tim spent the whole night playing video golf, and not doing his job. He was using 2 different speakers, that sounded like crap, and it was so loud in there most of the time, I wanted to stab myself. As a full time working musician and owner of a local entertainment company myself, I would LOVE to know how to get someone from RFT to review one of our shows. I know plenty of karaoke that beats the hell out of Boomtown. Go see a Mike Sheppard show, or a Steve Murphy show, or just about any Music Box Productions. DJ Shaggy, or any Open Mike Entertainment show. Quality hosts and gear, and the knowledge of how to use it who are licensed and insured.

Dyno Don
Dyno Don

If you think Rockin Gators is the best karaoke bar in the city, you must be on drugs. What is your criteria, certainly not the food, people, music selection,host,singers, atmosphere. The is the second time Ive reviewed your review on karaoke bars. Just wondering what kind of acid the writer, and editor are on.

Jster
Jster

This is TOTALLY due to the great job Tim does of DJing for Boomtown...He keeps wherever he's working upbeat and fun, and there are enough regulars able to actually sing (kind of!) who follow Tim that will make any bar a fun, profitable bar!

Great job, Tim!

Pancake Master
Pancake Master

Long overdue. Don't forget the wireless mic, the jumbotron lyrics-screen, and the fact that the books (which contain so many songs, they have to be divided into two halves of the alphabet, and each half is still about twice as big as any other karaoke place's selection) are updated constantly. And, no fancy numbers or the like, just write down yer name, artist, and song title. You don't even have to be 100% sure that yer song is in there, but if you've sung it at karaoke before, you can bet Tim has it.

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