2014 Best Karaoke Venue
Chevvy's Pizza & Sports Pub
For the first time in five years there is a new champion in the Fort Wayne karaoke scene, at least as far as whatzup readers are concerned. Chevvy’s vaulted ahead of all comers to take the 2014 Whammy for Best Karaoke Club.
According to owner Rick Huddleston, continuous improvement to both his bar in general and to the overall acoustic experience at Chevvy’s in particular are huge reasons for the win, but not the only ones.
It gets to be a chicken-egg thing. You have to have a place where folks want to come to sing karaoke, so you need a good sound system. But if no one’s coming, spending money to get them there is a leap of faith.
“You have to spend money to make money,” Huddleston says. “We’ve done a lot to improve the sound with a new system and new acoustical tiles. It sounds great in here. I’m telling you, we have the best karaoke singers in Fort Wayne. ”
Huddleston also credits American Idol Karaoke for the quality of their system and host T. J.’s skill at what he does.
“With their system and my system and with their lighting its great karaoke,” he says. “T. J. is phenomenal. He’s very good with people. There’s no downtime. He keeps it exciting and fun for everyone.”
T. J. and American Idol Karaoke are at Chevvy’s on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. And Huddleston says the place is packed.
In claiming the Whammy, Chevvy’s ended a five year run by the Latch String, which for their part stopped 412 Club’s six year reign.
Huddleston’s philosophy of spending to improve the Chevvy’s experience has paid off. He says when the recession hit he invested heavily in making upgrades to the building with new windows, a deck and a huge umbrella.
“When times were tough, that’s when we just built it up,” he says.
Huddleston credits his staff with doing a great job of adhering to his mantra: a clean bar is a happy bar. He says his employees have helped make Chevvy’s a place people want to come and stay, especially on karaoke nights.
“Back in the day everybody would come in and drink their pop and water or whatever and then get up and leave and go to the next place,” he says. “Now we’re keeping them, and they’re eating and they’re drinking and they’re having fun. And they’re here all night long.” (Mark Hunter)
Latch String Bar & Grill*
Curly's Village Inn*
Uncle Lou's Steel Mill*
Deer Park Irish Pub
Green Frog Inn
Crooners (Piere's Entertainment Center), O'Sullivan's Italian Pub, Rack and Helen's Bar & Grill
Wrigley Field Bar & Grill, Arena Bar & Grill, Tower Bar & Grill, Dupont Bar & Grill, Michael Ray's and Carol's Too
* On the ballot † More than one
|2013 Winner:||Latch String Bar & Grill|
|2012 Winner:||Latch String Bar & Grill|
|2011 Winner:||Latch String Bar & Grill|
|2010 Winner:||Latch String Bar & Grill|
|2009 Winner:||Latch String Bar & Grill|
|2008 Winner:||412 Club|
|2007 Winner:||412 Club|
|2006 Winner:||412 Club|
|2005 Winner:||412 Club|
|2004 Winner:||412 Club|
|2003 Winner:||412 Club|
|2002 Winner:||O'Sullivan's Italian Pub|
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Community Unity — Community dinner, games and prizes, and neighborhood safety forum, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, Jennings Recreation Center, Fort Wayne, free, 427-6028
Issues and Ales — Panel of experts discuss important issues in the community with audience Q&A , 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, Calhoun Street Soups, Salads and Spirits, Fort Wayne, free, 456-7005
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Chris Worth — Variety at Nick's Martini & Wine Bar, Fort Wayne, 7:30 p.m., no cover, 482-6425
Fort Wayne Comedy Connection — Comedy at Latch String Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., no cover, 483-5526
Hubie Ashcraft — Acoustic at River View Tavern, Decatur, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 724-3500
Open Mic — Hosted by Mike Mowry at Pedal City, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-12 a.m., no cover, 415-6167
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Classic City Karaoke w/Bryan Lee — Karaoke at Pine Valley Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 8:30 p.m., no cover, 490-9464
Fort Wayne Karaoke w/Brian — Variety at AJ's Bar and Grill, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m., no cover, 434-1980
Fort Wayne Karaoke w/Josh — Karaoke at Columbia Street West, Fort Wayne, 9:30 p.m., no cover, 422-5055
Fort Wayne Karaoke w/TJ — Variety at Chevvy's, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., ,
Karaoke w/Bucca — Variety at Wrigley Field Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 485-1038
Karaoke with Rooster — Variety at By: Belle Haven, South Whitley, 8 p.m., no cover, 866-716-9243
Shooting Star Prod. w/Stu — Variety at Office Tavern, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m., no cover, 478-5827
Shut Up and Sing — Karaoke at Duesy's Sports Bar, Fort Wayne, 7-11 p.m., no cover, 483-5681
Three Rivers Karaoke — at Dupont Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., no cover, 483-1311
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Little Shop of Horrors — IPFW Department of Theatre performance of Alan Menken-Howard Ashman musical comedy, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, April 26-29, Williams Theatre, IPFW, Fort Wayne, $5-$18, 481-6555
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37th National Print Exhibition — Juried exhibition featuring contemporary printmakers from around the nation, Tuesday-Sunday thru May 5, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
41st SOCA Student Exhibition — Works from students currently enrolled at USF’s School of Creative Arts, daily thru April 30, Weatherhead Gallery, USF Rolland Art Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Echolilia — Works from Timothy Archibald and his autistic son, Eli, Tuesday-Sunday thru June 11, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $6-$8 (members, free), 422-6467
Diane Allen Groenert — Exhibition of local artist’s Downtown Series and new works, Monday-Saturday thru June 24, West Central Microcreamery & Cafe, Fort Wayne, 415-9293
Expressions of Existence — An exhibition of works by artists through history, including Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Francisco Goya and others whose works have been influenced by disabilities, Tuesday-Sunday thru June 11, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $6-$8 (members, free), 422-6467
Fort Wayne Artist Guild Exhibitions — Works by Alice Siefert at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Jennifer Caudel at Allen County Retinal Surgeons, Anita Trick, Citizens Square (2nd and 3rd floors), Darlene Selzer Miller at The Einhaus Group for Women’s Health, Patricia Weiss at Heritage of Fort Wayne, Emily Jane Butler at Ophthalmology Consultants (Southwest), Linda Binek at Ophthalmology Consultants (North), Carolyn Stachera at Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne, John Kelty at ResCare Inc. Adult Day Service, Wiletta Blevins at Town House Retirement, Karen Bixler at Visiting Nurse Hospice and Barb Yoder and Karen Harvey at Will Jewelers, thru April 30, fortwayneartistguild.org.
Fort Wayne Photographers Club — Exhibition featuring local photographers, Tuesday-Sunday thru April 30, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne, $3-$5 (2 and under, free), 427-6440
Glass: A Medium in Art and Automobiles — Dale Chihuly blown glass and fiberglass auto, daily thru Sept. 8, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, Auburn, $7.50-$12.50, 925-1444
Jan Krist-Finkbeiner — Exhibition of ceramic reliefs, Tuesday-Sunday thru May 5, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
Kathy Funderburg & Diane Schafer-King — Acrylic paintings (Funderburg) and works in marbled paper and fabric (Schaefer-King), Monday-Saturday thru April 29, Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 436-0927
Outdoor Sculpture Invitational — Fifteen outdoor sculptures from regional artists, daily thru April 30, School of Creative Arts campus, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Rhoda Gerig: The Hope of Eagles — Photographic images of eagles, daily thru June 4, Clark Gallery, Honeywell Center, Wabash, 563-1102
Sharon — An exhibition of Leon Borensztein photographs chronicling the struggles he faced raising his severely disabled daughter, Tuesday-Sunday thru June 11, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $6-$8 (members, free), 422-6467
SOCA Graduate Program: Student Highlights — Juried exhibition of works by students enrolled in USF’s School of Creative Arts graduate program, Monday-Friday thru April 30, Lupke Gallery, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Exhibition of works by IPFW graduation seniors, daily thru May 3 , Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery, Main Library, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, 481-6709
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Senior thesis projects from Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates Brenda Drayer (sculpture), Derek Hibbs (printmaking), Ellen Mensch (painting), Nathaniel Morris (sculpture) and Kyle Snodgrass (sculpture), daily thru May 7, Visual Arts Gallery, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 481-6709
Spring Palette — New original works by more than 50 nationally recognized artists, Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment thru April 30, Castle Gallery Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 426-6568