A new karaoke lounge on the Strip confirms it plans to open in early 2020. Kamu Ultra Karaoke makes its debut at the Grand Canal Shoppes next to SushiSamba in February. The 17,000-plus-square-foot space features 40 private singing suites, as well as a menu from chef Chris Oh and cocktails.
Kamu takes its name from a combination of Korean characters — ka, meaning song, and mu, meaning dance.
Customers first see a digital water curtain from Aqua Reign with thousands of water droplets released in sequences to create moving images, patterns, or text using recyclable falling water serving as pixels. The kitchen serves dishes such as fresh oysters, pizzas, and churro doughnut holes, while bottle service feeds singers who need liquid courage.
Oh launched his latest venture, the modern Korean restaurant Um.ma., in San Francisco earlier this year. The former Escala chef and original partner in LA’s Seoul Sausage Co. operated Chingu in Honolulu and Culver City, California’s Hanjip Korean BBQ.
Vocalists can sing along to the songs from a catalog of thousands of songs, or sing from their own collections, with the option to stream music from personal phones through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Kamu can even convert the rooms into private e-gaming suites with bottle service.
Once open, the karaoke lounge plans to keep the songs playing from noon to 8 a.m. daily.