National Press Club

Cosgrove Lounge transforms into karaoke club

August 21, 2017 | By Jackie Kasuya | jmkasuya@gmail.com

Young Member Robert King, healthcare reporter for the Washington Examiner, belts out song during Karaoke Night in the National Press Club’s Cosgrove Lounge on Aug. 17, 2017.

Young Member Robert King, healthcare reporter for the Washington Examiner, belts out song during Karaoke Night in the National Press Club’s Cosgrove Lounge on Aug. 17, 2017.

Photo/Image: Jackie Kasuya

The National Press Club’s Cosgrove Lounge was transformed into a karaoke lounge complete with a stage and strobe lights on Thursday, Aug. 17, with the return of Karaoke Night hosted by the Events Team.

Long-time devotees and a new generation of musical talent got together to belt out their favorite tunes, which included a range of musical genres and levels of ability.

Art Swift, winner of last year’s Spelling Bee competition, kicked off the night with Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” while former Club President Alan Bjerga graced the stage with Bobby Darin’s finger-snapping “Mack the Knife”. Bjerga mentioned that it was great to see a cross-generational group of members get together for a fun, social event.

While the night was supposed to conclude at 9:30 p.m., attendees insisted on extending it for another hour and expressed a strong desire for another karaoke night next month. Similar to the Events Team’s other events like Pub Quiz that brings various age groups and interests across the Club together every month, the Team hopes to continue adding to the liveliness of the Club by making karaoke night an on-going event.