Last night the wife, son, and I went to the Revels’ Pub Sing at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain. I just have to say that a pub sing is one of the greatest things ever. What could be better than gathering in a bar and belting out songs while swigging down beers? I’ve been to three Revels’ Pub Sings including the one at Doyle’s a year ago this month. The Revels sponsor pub sings quarterly – as well as their Christmas and Summer Revels and other events (see my previous post on the Revels) – so you should really check it out.
Really though I think this is a concept that could be built on. What if a pub sponsored weekly pub sings? I think it would be a great attraction and draw a lot of people. Better than karaoke at least since no one person is on the spot as we all sing together. Besides, one thing I’ve learned from living in Boston for 10 years is that people in Boston LOVE sing-a-longs. From the Revels to Club Passim to major concerts to my church, people will join in singing in at the drop of a hat, something I’ve never heard anywhere else. And Bostonians tend to sing well too, with all the harmonies and such.
So I think pub singing needs to be the next big thing. All we need is a pub, some songbooks and someone to kick it off.