OCT. 9 UPDATE: We just got a sneak peek inside Jelsomino, the new karaoke lounge coming to Miami Beach later this month (scheduled to open Wednesday, Oct. 17 with a private party hosted by Michael Capponi and then to the general public that weekend). Talk about feeling you are under the spotlight.
The four private rooms hold between 12-18 people each and feature karaoke in various languages (English, Spanish, Portugese and Russian). Each room is themed after the musical artists they are named after - Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison and Amy Whinehouse - and will have a food and beverage minimum that will include a number of songs for a certain number of hours. (Pricing hasn't been established yet, but think $2,000 for a pre-selected menu, bottle service and 2 hours of singing with your friends.)
More details below, along with some exclusive photos. Get your singing voice ready.
A new way to karaoke on Miami Beach is coming.
Jelsomino (247 23rd St., Miami Beach), an elevated karaoke experience, is opening in the former Aero Bar space, complete with four private karaoke rooms, a small plates restaurant and plenty of drink options to get your American Idol on.
There will also be a full blown production with singers and dancers, so when you take the stage in the main room and start belting out your best Whitney or Stevie or Aretha, you have back-up dancers and singers right there with you.
This Russian karaoke bar is an elegant, Morocco-meets-the-Hamptons feel (no traces of the Aero Bar space before), with a kitchen that plans to serve everything from sushi to caviar. (And we say Russian because the owners are Russian, ok?)
The music selection will be all digital, so no need to comb through pages of books in tiny type - just scroll through the iPads or digital music booths and select your choice from over 60,000 titles
Oh, and those private karaoke rooms - the game changer. Four soundproof rooms named after four icons of music - Michael Jackson, Elvis, Amy Whinehouse and Jim Morrison - will vary in size holding between 12 and 16 people. You can reserve the room for your group and order plenty of food, drink and bottle service. You get your own screen and sound system, so you can pick your songs and then play drinking games to determine who sings next. Or just host your friends and put on a private concert of Sinatra's greatest hits.
We're hearing the place should open in May (actually mid-October), and we're also hearing you'll have to pay for your song choices (they do at Jelsonimo's sister club in NYC). Hopefully only one of those hear-says are true.
The Michael Jackson Room at Jelsomino karaoke lounge. Photo: Manny Hernandez