Music trivia night at The Cat’s Meow

By on October 22, 2014

If you think you have extensive music knowledge and you are up for a challenge, the Record Express found a way for you to unwind at the end of the weekend with music trivia. Bring a solid team of music junkies, whether it be your friends or your family. Enjoy dinner and drinks and test just how much you really do know about music.

The Cat’s Meow

The music clip plays for a few seconds, just long enough to hear the tune but before the lyrics begin. Then the song is turned off. Name the song. Could you do it?

Sunday nights at the Cat’s Meow are competitive and musical as DJ Stan Tucker tests the local knowledge of music. Playing songs from the movie “Frozen,” Michael Jackson, Rolling Stones, and Better than Ezra, he is all over the spectrum with music challenges.

A traditional tavern with a dimly lit dining room and lounge divided by walls covered in old wallpaper and black-and-white photos of the Prohibition, the Cat’s Meow offers an extensive menu of entrees — seafood, beef, and poultry, salads, sandwiches and traditional pub appetizers. On the back of the menu is a mini history lesson of the American House Railroad Hotel. The drink menu offers different mixed drinks, specialty shots and an extensive beer list. This fall enjoy Crispen Apple Cider, or if that is too sweet, try the Crispen Pear Cider, a lighter and crisper taste.

Marked as one of the stops on Lancaster County’s Best Kept Secrets Tour, it seems that the secret is out, as people gathered late into the evening on Sunday enjoying dinner and socializing during trivia.

DJ Tucker does three rounds of music trivia on Sundays, and he tries to consider the clientele when selecting the music. Each round has a theme such as Disney songs or one hit wonders. Each team gets a sheet of paper to mark down their answers. At the end of each round, Tucker will come around and collect the sheets. Reviewing the answers, he will mark down your score and bring your answers back before he reads the right answers and announces the winning team.

Reading the answers back, he will play a larger clip of the song and sighs can be heard from people who are most likely thinking, “I should have known that!” The teams and Tucker interact with each other. During the “One Hit Wonders” round someone commented, “Another terrible song.”

Music trivia should come with a few warnings.

  1. You might realize after participating that you don’t know nearly as much music as you thought.
  2. You might get into an argument with your friends over which song is what, especially if you go with one answer only to find out that the other one was actually right.
  3. Whatever you select as your team name will be read out loud, so be prepared to explain what it means to everyone in the bar. Especially if it happens to be Powder Finger, which is apparently the title of a Neil Young song. Even DJ Tucker was stumped on that one.

With 40 years of DJ experience, you never know what Tucker might pull out during trivia. He has done corporate and private events and has traveled as far as Miami and Chicago to deejay.

He does his trivia differently than most. Instead of asking questions such as, who was the drummer in this band in what year, he plays song clips. He said he hasn’t seen too many people do trivia the way he does it. He likes to play the clips instead of asking questions because he feels like it is more interactive. People hear the song piece and not only do they know the song but it might bring back a memory for them. Next thing you know people are discussing a special memory that the song triggered.

“It’s a blast. It’s almost not like working,” Tucker said.

Cat’s Meow does a free raffle on Sunday nights, just for showing up, and offers different entertainment and specials every night of the week.

 

Entertainment

Tuesday: Trivia from 8 to 10 p.m.

Thursday: Live Music from 9 p.m. to midnight with Shea Quinn

Saturday: Karaoke starting at 10 p.m.

Sunday: Music Trivia starting at 7 p.m.

 

Happy Hour and Weekly Specials

Monday: BOGO dinner entrees. Bar Burgers 5 to 7 p.m. $1.70 draft beers; $3.25 well drinks

Tuesday: Senior lunches from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., burger night 5 to 7 p.m. $1.70 draft beers; $3.25 well drinks

Wednesday: Pitcher/wings for $10.99 or soda and wings for $9.99; Half off fireball drinks from 10 p.m. to midnight

Thursday: Choose two options out of a list of four items 4 to 6 p.m. $1.70 drafts; $1 off mixed drinks

Friday: Give them your business card and each Friday they draw one for a free lunch; 5 to 7 p.m. $1.70 drafts; $1.00 off mixed drinks

Saturday: Split! 6 to 9 p.m. and 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. $1 off craft beers; ½ off shots

Sunday: Tacos or an entrée with one side for 13.99; 4 to 6 p.m. $1.70 draft beers; $3.25 well drinks.

 

The Cat’s Meow is located at 215 S. Charlotte St., Manheim. Learn more at thecatsmeowmanheim.com.

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