Karaoke Korrespondent Gets Down With Jell-O Shots & Larry the Cable Guy at White Center's Mac's Triangle Pub"/>
Mac's Triangle Pub is a Friday- and Saturday-night karaoke venue located in the heart of White Center where Delridge Way, 16th Avenue Southwest, and Southwest Roxbury Street meet. It's a little dive that packs in a big, diverse crowd of regulars who love to watch each other sing.
The bar stretches along the right side of the room, and a long narrow table stretches along the left side. There are tables throughout the floor, and the singers perform in the back. I caught up with some friends there just before midnight last Friday. I normally prefer to arrive at a bar before the show starts to settle in, to get a buzz going and look through the book. It's a more relaxing way to go about it, but there is something to be said for arriving at a party already in full swing. I knew I wasn't going to sing more than a song that night, and at that point it didn't matter.
We were celebrating my friend Cary's sister Meredith's visit to town. She was here to meet her new niece, Lucinda. Meredith is one of three people outside of the state of Washington who I know read this column regularly, and we've all had this night in the works for a long time. They'd been at Mac's since the show started at 9 p.m., and had slurped down $60 worth of dollar Jell-O shots. It was my first time singing and drinking with Cary in almost a year, and she was officially back in the saddle.
The host's name is Christopher Mychael. He's been running the show both nights for years, and the crowd absolutely adores him. He had a couple of ladies hanging back with him cheering singers on. That night brought a good mix of white, black, Hispanic, and Asian performers. In the short time I was there, the song choices were all over the place. We got solid performances of Winehouse, Gaga, Eagles, Stones, and David Lee Roth numbers, to name a few. Everyone sitting along the bar was turned toward the stage completely focused on every singer.
Cary made up for lost time and dominated that stage. She sang Toto's "Rosanna," Billy Joel's "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant," "Leather and Lace" by Henley & Nicks with her man, Mochi, and "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes with our friend Melissa. Since Meredith knew pretty much every song I've performed over the past two years, she challenged me to pick a song out of my comfort zone that I'd never sung before. It was late and I felt under the gun, so I ended up choosing a song I'd never sung, but which was by the Beatles. For me, singing Beatles songs is like eating saltine crackers in warm milk.
I sang an old Lennon B-side called "Bad Boy." The number is pure rock 'n' roll, and the crowd loved it. Meredith dug it OK, but I could tell she knew I'd cheated on her criteria. At the end of the night our friend Brad wanted his final number to go out with a bang. He had Cary shear the sleeves off his flannel so his look fell in line with Larry the Cable Guy's or the guy from American Restoration who got spun off from Pawn Stars. It was pretty hilarious. He and Melissa got up and sang an inspired rendition of "Love Shack" by the B-52's. It was a great way to end a great night.
Mac's Triangle Pub, 9454 Delridge Way S.W., 763-0714