Play a musical instrument? Ever wanted to show off your own special arrangement of your favorite anime theme song on stage? Acoustikaraoke! is a chance for solo or small groups with their own instruments to show off their talents through instrumental numbers, original arrangements, and ensemble performances. Don’t miss the weekend’s most eclectic showcase of live music! The Acoustikaraoke! Contest will be held at 4PM on Saturday.

Some examples of things you can do include:

  • Vocal performance with live instrument accompaniment
  • Solo instrument or small instrument ensemble
  • Instrument with accompanying track
  • Unique a cappella interpretation of an anime song (also see note below on a cappella performances)

Please note that this contest is intended for individuals or small groups. Full-fledged bands with concert stage setups are beyond the scope of this event.


Signups for this event will begin when the Karaoke room first opens on Friday. Also, the room will be open one hour early (Saturday 3PM) for last-minute signups. There will be a limit of 15 acts. Contest spots are first come, first serve. If there is enough interest, we will add an “open acoustikaraoke” session after the contest.

This is a completely separate event from the main Karaoke Contest. You are more than welcome to enter the main contest, this event, and any of the other Karaoke events.


You must have a valid Fanime Con badge for the day of the event (Saturday).

You must bring your own instruments. We will only provide microphones. We’re expecting there to be three microphones.

If you wish to use an amp, you may bring a standalone personal/practice amp that you can carry yourself onto the stage.

No equipment other than the microphones can be plugged into the PA system.

As the point of this contest is for you to perform the music, our song library will not be available for this contest. Also, you may not use any pre-recorded music such as CDs or mp3s.

For any instruments requiring setup, setup must be done in less than five minutes.

Performances are limited to six minutes per act.

a cappella singers are expected to have a good knowledge of their songs, or at least have a lyrics sheet handy. There is no penalty for having a lyrics sheet on stage. We reserve the right to abbreviate your performance if it becomes obvious that you don’t know the lyrics. Also, for a cappella contestants to be competitive, your particular rendition should be more than just a straight singing of the original version of the song.


Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best Overall Performance
  • Best Group Performance
  • Best Solo Performance

The judges reserve the right to modify these categories depending on the entries received, and to award other prizes at their discretion. All decisions of the judges are final.