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Mon, Dec. 16

Sing it!<BR>

Clevenger said he believes "there is a lot of deep-seated desire of people to get up and sing in front of other people."

Especially people in the tri-city area, he said.

"A lot of people like karaoke around here," Clevenger said. "You look in a book and choose a song – rock, country, pop, everything."

"The audience is the show," Clevenger said. And show it did.

Although regular performer Ken Kareta said full-time singers refer to the popular pastime as "scary-off-key," many of the people who performed this past Sunday evening did so with gusto, flair and passion that had the audience dancing, tapping feet and singing along.

Kareta said he moved to Prescott Valley from Phoenix six weeks ago, and has been coming to Karaoke every Sunday since.

His wife recently passed away, and karaoke helps him, "just kind of get (his) emotions out," he said.

For his first turn, Kareta sang "Main Street" by Bob Seeger, to wild applause from the audience, many of whom would later perform as well.

"I realized I was just bottling everything up inside," Kareta said of the time before he started singing Karaoke. And now, he said, "sometimes I do great and sometimes I do terrible."

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