interviewed by national celebrities Rocky he was
quoted saying his take on operating his business is
"It's called show business and
you can't do the show if you can't take care of business".
and Local Charities
Pride Magazine 2007
The Gay and
Lesbian Amateur Singers Competition (G.L.A.S.CO) presents PDX
Stars during the six weeks leading up to Pride at six local clubs.
“This is a great opportunity for the gay clubs and quality
singers to get recognition,” says karaoke promoter Rocky
Rhodes. “It’s my way of thanking the gay community
for supporting me and the concept of karaoke all these years.”
Rhodes hopes to take Stars national with similar competitions.
up to ix performers will give it their best. At the end of all
the performances. Rhodes will hold mikes connected to his mixing
board to register the audience’s reactions. Two winners
representing each club will go on t the competition.
for the final competition, who will include local favorites Patrick
Anderson, Norman Yates and some surprise judges, will look at
song difficulty, song performance, stage presence and appearance
as well we audience response.
club and several individuals have donated prizes and gifts so
that everyone will win something”, says Rhodes. PDX Stars,
which has received a great response in the first four weeks, is
a fund-raiser for Our House of Portland. Rhodes adds, “People
should know that this competition is legit and is all about showing
and entrepreneur Rocky Rhodes of Sailing On Productions predicts
that once any couples are allowed to wed in Washington and Oregon
– and they will be, he says – he’s going to
be a very busy man.
got a reputation in the gay market, and … I’m the
go-to guy when it gets legal,” said Rhodes, who owns the
as yet sole Vancouver-based business on rainbowweddingnetwork.com.
I’m not gay myself, but the market has proved very lucrative,
and that’s why I’ve decided to it. Besides, I support
(marriage) for all couples.”
himself the area’s Godfather of Karaoke, but his engagement
party and wedding services don’t stop at performances. He
stands ready to coordinate an event’s musical features,
as well as to cue the wedding party when it’s time to bring
on toasts or cut the cake.
he’s been working with the Vancouver-Portland gay market
for more than six years. Rhodes says he’s seen a mixture
of tastes at gay weddings and commitment ceremonies. However,
double-groom nuptials do seem to bring out more tears than those
with two brides, he said: “The guys tend to be more emotional.”
showcasing "The Dude Show & Chick Singer Night"
started Dude and Chick Singer night to showcase above average
singers. Contests are not Rocky's favorite because they tend
hurt people's feelings. Karaoke should be fun and exciting not
stressful and demanding.
will be showcasing each week between the two formats to provide
a showcase of upcoming vocal stars. If your talent is not a
known quality, then you must audition. You will then be given
a 20 minute spot to perform your material of choice. Rocky will
record you on CD and give the CD free as a demo to be used for
future gigs for yourself. There is NO cost involved for performing.
Although Rocky does offer regular CD recordings for ALL singers
at the charge of $5.00 a song.
the next Shining Star in the musical sky
with Rocky's Rhodes.
Entertainment Feb. 2004 Release
Karaoke host offers unique concept.
legendary Karaoke show with a legendary Karaoke host.; that's
Rocky Rhodes' "Museum of Natural Rock". Rocky hosts
Karaoke at several spots through out the Portland, OR area, the
man who first brought Karaoke to the Pacific NW. He's the one
who started it all in Portland. With a huge song selection of
over 17,500 Karaoke cuts, his collection is unmatched. Rhodes'
Karaoke shows are different from others. Singers sing two songs
at a time instead of the usual on per rotation. There's no TV
screen for the crowd so listeners are not distracted from the
singer's performance onstage.
thing you won't find at a Rocky Rhodes Karaoke show is contests.
He explains, "I don't like contests. They hurt business and
people's feelings. So my alternative is my Dude and Chick Singer
Nights. This is for talented guys and gals who audition for me.
If they don't have talent I won't choose them for the showcase.
When you're chosen, you've earned the right to showcase your talent
and receive a five-song 20-minute demo CD recorded professionally
at no charge.
singers have scored some notable successes. He's had 12 singers
go on to professional singing careers and recordings. He has two
singers involved in American Idol competition and one
who will be touring with The Lion King Broadway production.
Around the World" - Dec 2003
show is about "Karaoke Around the World" and features
interviews with Joy Storey, the "Karaoke Tart", from
England, and "Karaoke Legend", Rocky Rhodes
from Portland Oregon, a current hotbed of Karaoke.
certain to listen
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Remember to send a copy (cassettes or CDs) become property of
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Entertainment - June 2003 Release
Rhodes celebrates 20 years as first KJ in Portland vicinity.
Japanese word for :unaccompanied orchestra" is pronounced
"Kah-rah-o-kay". Karaoke is an invention that singers
love, even if only for practice in the studio or home.
of all ages , all backgrounds and all skill levels can sing-along
with the :radio band: at a karaoke session. This is not just fun,
it's a major thrill, a secret dream come true. Imagine being on
stage, under the lights, the center of the show, singing along
with The Beatles, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Garth Brooks or almost
any other music icon. You can't buy that kind of excitement.
you can. Rocky Rhodes not only hosts the absolute best Karaoke
show anywhere, he will record you singing live with the band,
on CD, for a very small fee. It's not your "wildest dream:
anymore. Your live performance is a unique experience, guaranteed
to please and impress your companions.
god entertainer also remembers your song. He will sometimes offer
an alternative if a singer has demonstrated confidence in a favorite
number. Rhodes always encourages applause for every singer. He
adds, "The hardest thing for young performers is to get started".
also keeps singing. "Music's my life," he says. "That's
my gift". When he says' "gift", he means his gift
to you., not himself. He would like to teach an 16 week course
called "How to Be An Entertainer". The first 8 weeks
would be voice work; the second 8 weeks would be how to entertain,
dress, write a resume and provide personal interpretation of music.
His quote: :Show business: If you don't take care of business,
you can't do the show". Attending a course taught by Rocky
Rhodes would be something to brag about. He can definitely steer
you in the right direction, especially for the entertainment industry
on the global basis.
gamut from musician & TV star, to DJ & karaoke host.
uses his creativity. In 1993, he was the first in the area to
use Karaoke on tape. In 1988, he went to laser Karaoke. His expertise
has always been as a great communicator. he pays attention to
what his audience wants and he gives it to them.
adaptability to change as time goes on has let Rhodes rise to
the top of the entertainment market.