Voicebox opened the doors to its original Northwest location on Halloween night, 2008. We’ve worked every day since to change the way our guests experience karaoke, creating what we consider the most inviting, inclusive and fun way to spend a night with friends. Scott Simon started Voicebox so he could bring everything he loved about Asian-style box karaoke to his (then new) hometown of Portland, Oregon.
Since opening day Scott and the incredible staff have helped redefine karaoke in the States by breaking expectations: a night at Voicebox is as much about the unexpected conversation, the background singer, and the goofy dance as it is about taking the mic. In November of 2013 we opened our second location in the heart of Portland’s vibrant Lower Morrison (LoMo) neighborhood. With all the friends we’ve made so far, we expect to continue growing and opening new locations around Portland and beyond so even more people can experience the authentic Voicebox experience.
When we started Voicebox, we couldn’t find software that would give our guests the excellent experience we demanded. So we built our own from scratch to make the song library easy to search, easy to update with the latest songs, and easy for you to manage from our custom remote control – or the convenience of your smart phone.
Visit vbsongs.com on your phone to see how it works. At Voicebox you manage your own song queue, choosing from our incredible selection and watching as your song moves to the top. You can even use our online song search and playlist builder before your party so you can arrive ready to go. Each suite at both locations is equipped with a flat-screen TV, two microphones (for duets or duels, you be the judge), professionally calibrated sound, light dimmers, pitch adjustment, and some decidedly low-tech devices like tambourines and marimbas.
At private karaoke wonderland Voicebox’s new east-side location next door, you can slurp sake cocktails in its spacious bar and spy on work groups and birthday revelers while you wait your turn ($4–7 per hour per person).
This is the way karaoke should be experienced, my lovelies. What I love about Voicebox are all of the ways that you control the party including smartphone control of the suites that allow guests to manage their song queues, alter lighting effects and build their playlist in advance.
…from what I saw during my tour the other day, it’s gonna be BOSS. There will be eight suites of varying sizes (accommodating anywhere from 8 to 40 singers), with acoustical improvements, AND dual monitors (so you can face your audience or the screen). There will be dancing space (yes!), and plenty of room to set down your drinks… which you can order from the new 26 foot bar stocked with delicious booze…
The Mercury can’t wait for the new location in Southeast Portland to open, and neither can we. Steven Humphrey admits his desire to skip the line and sing all night, and talks about Voicebox’s place in the emerging Lower Morrison neighborhood.
Every year, the Portland Monthly announces category winners from the magazine’s favorite food, shopping, and nightlife venues. Voicebox is proud to have made the list as best karaoke in Portland. The Monthly writers appreciate Voicebox’s private suites, noting that “…waiting on pins and needles for a bellicose KJ to call your name to the stage is never a problem” here. We won’t argue with that.
Joe Smith and the intrepid News Channel 8 team visits Voicebox to learn what private suite karaoke is all about, peeking into a few parties to get a first-hand experience. Follow the link to see strong renditions of George Michaels’ “Faith” (Joe claims to not recognize the song) and the Ting Tings “Shut Up and Let Me Go.” We claim not to recognize that song.
A review of Voicebox from opening night, featuring a good interview with owner Scott Simon. Beware, there are some over-the-top claims here, including one woman’s exclamation that a night at Voicebox is “the most fun she’s ever had in her entire life.” It’s in print, so naturally we believe every word.
Party Pack Donations Voicebox offers a special fundraising donation to help support your cause for qualifying nonprofits, charities and schools. A two hour karaoke party in the Premier Suite is a desirable auction/raffle item and the donation winner can gather up 30 guests for a celebration of their choosing. We love making new friends this way. Email your request to our Events team. Please include your organization’s name, address, tax ID and need-by date. We’ll do the rest.
HOST YOUR FUNDRAISER AT VOICEBOX
Voicebox has hosted many fundraisers and is proud to donate the use of our suites to a qualified nonprofit for use as a fundraising venue. We’ve found that the most successful events start preparations two months before the actual fundraiser. Drop us an email or give us a call if you’d like more information!
Voicebox cares deeply about our guests, our team, and our planet. You can feel good knowing that every kilowatt amplifying your voice comes from 100% renewable energy.
Voicebox features six private suites for groups large and small, each of which comes equipped with a flat screen TV, two microphones, remote-controlled song selection, and attentive, personal service.
Are families and young adults welcome?
Of course! We host special parties for families, weddings, birthdays, and any occasion where young adults are either part of the group or make up the entire group!
How does payment work?
Payment for suite time takes place at the end of your party. In the unlikely event that your party ends early, we will charge you only for the time you use. In the likely event that your party is going strong, you may extend the good times unless there is another party booked after yours.