David Gaines (a.k.a. Dave The Karaoke Guy) is a classically trained musician with over 40 years of experience in all aspects of music and audio and degrees in music from Northwestern, American, and Johns Hopkins universities. A recipient of multiple GigSalad Top Performer and Thumbtack BEST OF awards as well as Thumbtack's exclusive Top Pro designation for 2019, he has been hosting karaoke with his unique blend of humor, encouragement, and friendly banter at all kinds of private events around the Washington and Baltimore areas since 2009.
Dave has also served as the regular karaoke host at a variety of local venues including D.C.'s Uptown Tap House
and Sign Of The Whale, Vine Alley Bistro in Gaithersburg,the American Tap Room in Rockville, Sugo Osteria in Potomac, the Olney Winery, Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood restaurant in Montgomery Village, and Charlie’s Bar at Mangia Italian Bar & Grill in Annapolis.
Large or small, indoors or outdoors, formal or informal - karaoke adds uniquely memorable fun to any event. Dave has either been a KJ or provided machine rentals at venues ranging from a home basement rec room to a backyard birthday party to nightclub dance floors to a Baltimore Hilton main ballroom.
Dave brings the equipment you need, a huge variety of songs, and a big smile - you bring the voices! A Dave The Karaoke Guy show or system rental will make you and your family, friends or colleagues the stars at your next event!
A KJ is a cross between a game show host, a master of ceremonies, a disc jockey, and a ringleader! I introduce singers, perhaps ask them a couple of questions to put them at ease, announce the song, and keep the music going as smoothly as possible in between singers. I might also suggest songs to people based on their musical interests or what kind of voice they have. Overall, the more people who participate (singing talent NOT required) and the more we interact with each other, the more fun everyone will have!
- Dave The Karaoke Guy