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KIVA is calling all singers to the stage for their regular karaoke nights hosted by two San Marcos natives with a passion for song.
SAN MARCOS (April 19, 2017) – KIVA Lounge and Bar, one of San Marcos’s late night hot spots, is offering one of the city’s only karaoke services multiple nights a week.
Run by John and Roger Moncada, KIVA brings in the Moncada brothers every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 11pm-2am for free.
John and Roger Moncada are partners in a karaoke/DJ service called Veteran’s that Roger started not long after he finished his service in the Navy.
Roger said that his vision for starting Veteran’s was to provide a safe space where the youth of San Marcos can sing and dance.
“My ultimate mission is to provide a safe place where people can thrive and be their best selves whether that’s through music or dance or anything else in which they might have an interest.” said Roger.
John, who hosts the KIVA karaoke nights, joined his brother in the business after graduating from Texas State and moving around the country for a few years.
Since he’s started hosting karaoke, John said that he’s enjoyed providing a service that allows people let loose from all their worries.
“I love it when people can express themselves.” said John. “It’s one of those things that when you go and sing, it really does relieves stress… If you’re feeling a certain way, are in a certain mood, there’s probably already a song written about it, so go out and sing it.”
The Moncada brothers have been in business with KIVA for the last five years, even having seen the business change hands from the previous owners when the bar was named Taxi’s.
“I’ve seen it change with the bar and I’ve seen it change with my brother.” said John. “The crowd changes with the scene and the host… and it keeps changing with each semester.”
But regardless of the change, John said that their karaoke service brings in regulars and newcomers that come out to sing their favorite songs.
Aside from their karaoke service, KIVA also features regular appearances by local bands and DJs throughout the week.
The bar is 21 and up, except on Tuesday nights when the bar admits those 18 and up.
For more information on KIVA and their lineup, visit their Facebook page @kivaloungesmtx.