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For most people, drunkenly slurring their way through a karaoke song ends with an embarrassing camera-phone video and a brutal hangover. For Dan Finnerty, it launched him to stardom.
"I was drunk and doing karaoke in L.A., and I decided to do 'I Am Woman,'" he says of his musical beginnings. "Then it sort of just spun out of control."
Finnerty caught the attention of director Todd Phillips, who went on to cast him (and his newly established backing band) as a sleazy wedding group in Old School, a sleazy bat-mitzvah band in Starsky & Hutch and, well, another sleazy wedding band in The Hangover.
He parlayed his onscreen career to the stage, and has toured the country belting out covers of some of pop music's sassiest singles, and even released a Christmas album featuring nothing but original Dan Band holiday jams.
Before he brings his live show to Mill City Nights, we talked with Finnerty about wedding songs, Zima, and his dream of channeling Sia.