Rock Band Karaoke at the Brick

Guitar heroes: Play ‘Rock Band’ for a good cause

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And your mom told you all those hours spent playing “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero” were a waste of time.

The Brick theater in Williamsburg is hosting a night of Rock Band Karaoke on Aug. 2 as part of its gaming-meets-theater festival Game Play — and your skills could help sick kids.

“It is inspired by our tabletop games that we have been doing for years,” said Robyne Martinez, marketing manager at the Brick, a black box theater known for its obsession with games of all kinds. “It is a great way to have fun and to publicize the other shows we are doing.”

Rock Band Karaoke is exactly what you think it is. The theater will provide all of the faux instruments, and each player can expect to get rated not only by the game, but also by other participants.

The game night will include songs from all versions of “Rock Band,” — which means more than 800 tracks, plus about 75 Beatles tunes. No particular band or track has ruled the stage at previous iterations of the event, but an organizer said you are more likely to hear AC/DC than ZZ Top — though mostly for practical reasons.

“There is no most popular track. They do not usually get repeated once picked,” said Brick technical director Ian Hill. “With so many songs and groups, the majority of the songs come from the early letters of the alphabet.”

All money raised at the event will go to Child’s Play, a charity that provides games for kids in hospital. Participants who buy a game for the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx off its Amazon wish list beforehand will get free entry.

Rock Band Karaoke Night at the Brick [579 Metropolitan Ave. between Lorimer Street and Union Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 285–3863,]. Aug. 2 at 10 pm. Free with proof of wish list donation, or with donation at the door.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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