Tell Ty Vol 9 AND How’d You Get Here Vol 5!

What?!?!?! A Tell Ty AND a How’d You Get Here in the same post! Has the world gone crazycakes! Actually, it has, but that has nothing to do with this post. You know the drill when it comes to both of these much anticipated types of posts. If you don’t then shame on you! Once you realize what you have done feel free to click here and here to find the lists of previous volumes.

She is an icon in her own right. You have seen her at After Dark many a time and at the helm of Guerilla Burlesque. Her image is featured on the After Dark show posters that you see plastered on Facebook. She is a director, producer, photographer, DJ, writer, dancer, explorer and the matriarch of Idle Rogue. She is the one, the only cherryblonde Scribe, aka Cherry to many.  .
As Idle Rogue celebrates its 6th year of greatness on the grid, there is no better way to honor that than by featuring the fearless leader. On a side note, if you have never explored Idle Rogue outside of After Dark, you need to. The sim is utterly amazing. Get out, wander a bit. It is well worth it!
Tell Ty Volume 10
1. Tell me something random.
10-20% of women have never experienced an orgasm. This is a travesty.
2. Tell me something you think I should know about you.
I’m not very good at “random”
3. Tell me something that not everyone know about you.
I once made a valve guide for a Harley Davidson to 0.00+/- tolerance. I have also cleaned up a game of pool from the break and topped out on 180 in a game of darts. I have a misspent youth 😉
I have to agree, the fact behind the random statement is a travesty! Those poor things! I would also like to add that there is nothing wrong with a misspent youth when said youth becomes as amazing as cherry is as an adult.
How’d You Get Here Volume 5
Curiously, when I first logged on to Second Life, the major Australian telco had a portal and their own sim, and many Australians came to SL through The Ponds Estate. Because they’re a corporate entity, they didn’t allow music streaming on-sim, you had to listen externally to DJs and they didn’t have live musicians. It didn’t take long to break out of the walled garden though!
I had been to a few musicians but hadn’t really taken to it – surprisingly, because music is my passion – when I got a notice from an art gallery for a live music event. It was JimmyT49 Dukes, and my entire world, in both lives, changed right there. I had been at home with my youngest child for 6 years, and was missing live music in ways that pervaded everything … and listening to Jimmy Dukes, I realised, I could have it back, I could go to live concerts and hear great music.
There’s not as much of the kind of live music I like in Second Life, I’m a rock chick and I love the band sound, which is hard to do and not lucrative enough to draw the kind of talent I dream about. But I’ll wait 😉
Cherry also asked that I add the following statement:
please like me on facebook, I need a friend
https://www.facebook.com/chryblnd/
You really should. She posts interesting things……..not the drivel you see all too often on social media!

Fun, frivolity and other F-words

I have been writing this blog for about 2.5 years. I have been a patron at After Dark for 6 months to a year more than that. I write silliness, frivolity, the occasional complete and utter bullsh*t that I make up in my twisted little mind and every once in a while something that is serious or touching. The silliness and frivolity are what make me happiest and dammit, I want some happiness right now!

I am not just a total goofball who comes up with this stuff out of no where. No! I am a partial goofball that is inspired by her environment. The level of musical awesome that can be witnessed at After Dark is, no doubt, mind boggling. The level of insanity that takes place at After Dark, aside from the music is the kind of stuff that makes me laugh till I have tears in my eyes and by belly hurts. I have seen things, read things, hell, done things at After Dark that cannot be (and never should be) unseen, unread or undone!

Let’s play a little game! Ever heard of 2 Truths and a Lie? If you have not the name pretty much lays it out there. Three statements are given. Two of them are true and one is a lie. Easy peasy! Here we go!

1. I have overheard in local chat at After Dark:

  1. “lol Brady it’s a tip jar not a thong”
  2. “Giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels.”
  3. ” i crash like a nearsighted grandpa on ambien”

2. I have experienced the following griefing at After Dark:

  1. Flying hamburgers
  2. The floor constantly moving sideways and taking the people in the club with it
  3. An audio takeover where the live music was replaced with Kenny G

3. I have witnessed at After Dark:

  1. A musician performing a heartfelt tribute to their recently deceased goldfish
  2. A musician performing as Oscar the Grouch
  3. A musician streaking during another musician’s set

4. I have also witnessed at After Dark:

  1. A patron table dancing in the back of the club for two gentlemen
  2. A patron leading a marching band through the club
  3. A patron just plain forgetting to wear pants

5. As if those were not enough, I have additionally witnessed at After Dark:

  1. A man trying on women’s hair at the request of the owner
  2. Patrons dressed as a piñata, a bunny, Santa, a skeleton and an angel
  3. Meegan showing zero skin from the neck down

6. Things I have done at After Dark

  1. Traded “favors” for half a ham sandwich
  2. Twerked while dressed as a nun
  3. Danced with an inflatable doll while dressed as a canned adult beverage

And a bonus question!!!!!

7 Things I have learned at After Dark

  1. True love is fried chicken and a blow job.
  2. Playing the udu is not as dirty as it sounds
  3. Quantum physics

So…..how do you think you did? Were the lies easy to pick out, or did you struggle with which to choose as well as with putting your brain around half of the statements you just read? I will give you the answers in a moment, but first I think we need to take the time to reflect on how amazing it is that most of the statements above are true! Seriously, there is a lot of truth up there and it is wonderful insanity!

The lies are as follows:

  1. “Giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels.”
  2. An audio takeover where the live music was replaced with Kenny G
  3. A musician performing a heartfelt tribute to their recently deceased goldfish
  4. A patron leading a marching band through the club
  5. Meegan showing zero skin from the neck down
  6. Traded “favors” for half a ham sandwich
  7. Quantum physics

If you got 1-3 of the lies right then you have either never been to After Dark or you need to start paying attention to your surroundings. If you got 4-6 of the lies right then you aren’t half bad and probably somewhat well liked by certain people. If you got 7 of the lies right then you are the ultimate, mega-awesome, good time fun person! What did you win? NOTHING! Though you get the satisfaction of knowing that you know things and you can spot a lie from across the grid!

 

 

 

Two! Four! Six! Eight!

How do you appreciate?

Appreciation is defined as “the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.” Appreciation can be shown in a number of different ways. A pet might show appreciation for their owner with a lick on the face. An employer might show appreciation for an employee by awarding them “Employee of the Month”.  A patron sitting in pervert’s row at a strip club will show their appreciation by putting money in a stripper’s g-string. That same stripper might show appreciation for a patron’s tip by makin dat ass clap. A rabid music fan might show their appreciation for their favorite musician by tossing their skivvies on stage. I think you get the picture.

No! I am not telling you that you all need to start throwing your unmentionables on stage at After Dark Lounge! I am not necessarily saying that would be a terrible thing, but I am in no way telling you it is what you should do! What I am saying is that there are a lot of ways to show your appreciation to venues and musicians. The most obvious is by tipping, But sometimes funds are low. Maybe you have been attending a lot of shows and it has taken a toll on your bankroll. Or maybe you gachaed yourself into brokesville. No matter the reason, there are ways to show a venue and musicians that you love what they are doing.

Show up. No one likes playing to an empty house. If a musician you love is playing, go see them. Being able to tip is awesome, but you being there means more to them than the $L. Happy musicians are easier to deal with than grumpy ones and easy to deal with musicians always make the venue owners happy.

Tell them you appreciate them. If you love a venue, tell the owner. Let them know what a great place you think they are running. Tell them that you love what they are doing. The same goes for musicians. Did they play something in particular that really spoke to you? Tell them. Maybe you are just a long time fan of all of their work. Tell them! Everyone likes to hear that they are doing something that people enjoy. Yes, tips are awesome and they keep the music coming, but a heartfelt “Man, this rocks!” IM can go a long way towards making someone feel amazing.

Join groups. Yes, we all know that group space in SL can be very precious. Sure, you might get a free pair of shoes from a clothing group, but from a venue or musician’s group you can keep up with all of the comings and goings. It is hands down the best way to keep up with all that is going on with the music and places you love. If you so wish, you can click the blue to join After Dark’s group or Idle Rogue’s group.

Make use of social media. Did you know that After Dark Lounge has a Facebook page? So does Meegan Danitz and Idle Rogue and probably most of the musicians that you know and love. Like their pages! Share their posts! Review them! Spread the word about the things that you enjoy in Secondlife, You never know, there might be some distant friend on your list who has never heard of some of the awesomeness that exists in SL.

So you see, there are a lot of ways to show your appreciation for the people, places and things that you love in SL. Be that patron sitting in pervert’s row and show those that you enjoy just how much you enjoy them!

 

Mardi O…..M…..Gras!

This coming Tuesday is Fat Tuesday. The culmination of the Mardi Gras celebration. You know good and well that After Dark loves a theme and there is no more fitting theme for After Dark than Mardi Gras. Beads, booze, boobs, gluttony, glutes and gorgeous people! Speaking of….do you all remember the time that the After Dark crew road tripped to New Orleans to take place in all of the debaucherous mayhem? Oh, you don’t? Ha! Neither do they. They had such a wild weekend that most of it only exists as small hazy glimpses. Lucky for everyone, I have a mind like a steel trap and the few photos that exist from the trip!

Every sweet road trip needs a sweet ride!

Meegan had the fantastic idea of taking the whole After Dark crew down to New Orleans as a team building exercise. It seemed like the perfect idea. Party down, build morale and write off the entire trip as a business expense! The crew gathered at After Dark on the Friday before Fat Tuesday and embarked on what would turn out to be one of the most epic road trips ever!

The trip down to NOLA was fairly uneventful. There were your typical road trip shenanigans. The screaming of “SHOT GUN!” at every stop. The eating of mass amounts of gas station junk food that inevitably lead to the need for a LOT of bathroom breaks. The singing of “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall”, much to nearly every passenger’s dismay. The obligatory getting lost in the middle of no where and swearing that you heard someone playing a banjo at the creepy cabin where you stopped to ask for directions. You know, the usual.

Finally, the group arrived, road weary, already a little sick of one another, and ready to have the time of their lives! After settling in to the motel that can best be described as one step up from being homeless and giving themselves a good power-fluff, the crew hit the town. Almost immediately Dark went missing. One minute he was doing a body shot off of a barely half clothed octogenarian and the next minute he was gone. Everyone figured he had hooked up or passed out, but they were not worried and since he had a few days to be found they partied on.

The weekend carried on as planned. Team building exercises such as “Trust Shots” (where each team member puts their faith into the one taking the trip to the bar to order a round of shots) and physically building a human pyramid with the team were exercised throughout the weekend. At some point during round 10 of Truth Shots, Portia announced in a rather slurred voice that she was heading to bed. I believe her exact words were “I’ms out! Deushes biches!” Given the condition of the rest of the team still standing, no one had the insight to check her room when they returned to the motel and no one saw her again until Fat Tuesday.

Speaking of…..Fat Tuesday arrived and the After Dark crew that was still able to be located was ready for parades, beads and more drinks! The madness started at 8am and carried on from there. Imagine the surprise on everyone’s face when during the 2nd parade who should Shanny flash for beads but Dark! There he was riding high on a float and playing booby ring toss!

The rest of the day and night was a fuzzy blur, even for this bloggess with the memory of steel! Thank goodness LG texted me the pictures she had taken in her phone before she shattered it while diving over Meegan to grab some sweet beads that Meeg’s had barely even shown a nip for. Those few precious pictures will tell the rest of the story.

Shanny and LG showing the goods!

Knowing that flashing my boobs would mean having to sit my drink down I opted for the topless approach.

Meegan completely unwilling to put her drink down, but still getting those beads!

As Fat Tuesday was drawing to a close, everyone started to worry about Portia. She had not been seen since she stumbled out of the bar and towards the motel a few nights earlier. The group was drunkenly meandering through the streets, trying to find their friend and remember where the heck the motel was when they came across a crowd that had gathered to watch a couple dance. And who should be half of that couple? Portia freaking Red!

Scantily clad and shaking what her momma gave her, Portia and the still unnamed man!

And thus concludes the sordid tale of when After Dark hit Mardi Gras like a boss. I say sordid because I left the best bits out as they are not exactly safe for the blog and the statute of limitations on some of the things that went done might not be up!

Join us this Tuesday for a celebration of Mardi Gras at After Dark. Unlike New Orleans, you need to cover your bits and pieces for our party but we will still have an amazing time!

♥ ~Ty

 

It Takes All Kinds

There is one thing I love more about After Dark than anything else. Yes, I adore the music and the amazing company when I am there, but above all of that I love the open mindedness, the taking of all kinds. Of course there are rules that have to be followed. After Dark is on a moderate sim, so it is asked that bits and pieces are covered. Aside from that, and the rare occasion when someone does or wears something hugely inappropriate, After Dark welcomes everyone who steps through its doors with open arms and an open mind.

In the virtual realm one can be anything they want and often times what they want to be is that which they are not able to be in their first lives. That is the absolute beauty of existing in a virtual world and it should be embraced.

After Dark is a part of the Idle Rogue sim, which I am sure you know by now. Idle Rogue is a community of creative minds and in order to nurture the creative minds that Idle Rogue welcomes we as staff, patrons and performers must be open to things that might not be in our normal “comfort zone”. I am not stating that is someone makes you uncomfortable or says or does something offensive that you need to just suck it up. What I am saying is that someone rezzing as a giraffe avatar is no reason to complain to the staff or to take your complaints to local.

If you are in a situation at After Dark where someone has an avi or an object that you do not like but that is not offensive there are things you can do to make yourself feel better! Derender is your friend! Cannot see the stage because your view is blocked by something/someone? Derender! Animal avatars weird you out? Derender! A noob who has not yet learned how to navigate SL well keep running into you? Derender! Meegan’s wild hair keeps slapping you in the face? Derender! Quite honestly, there is no room to complain when you can control what you see on your screen.

I feel fairly certain that all of you know how to derender, but just in case I will break it down for you. Right click>More>Derender……you then have a choice to make the derendering temporary or you can black list the person, place or thing. The choice is yours and you control your SL! At the same time, the places that you visit in SL have the choice to make the experience they are providing exactly what they want it to be.

As a final thought I want to leave you with some words from the Idle Rogue Facebook page, that I believe sums it all up well. “Idle Rogue is a progressive and tolerant community which has fought hard to create a space which is respectful of diversity and welcomes inclusive change. If you bring your intolerance or your private disputes to this page or the inworld group you will be banned from it. We are not required to appease bigots and troublemakers.”

Our Fearless Leader

I spend a lot of time being downright silly on this blog. I also spend a lot of time tooting the hell out of my own horn. Both are fun and that is why I do them. Every once in a while things need to get serious though. Fear not! There will be no lecturing or preaching. The Tyche Szondi soap-box is out away neatly under the bed, with the dust bunnies and the random odd sock. Things are about to get serious in the best way possible and you are going to like it!

Meegan Danitz

You probably know her as the “hello” that greets you when you land at After Dark. The backside that you slap to get your pixels shaking. The woman that kisses, hugs, spanks and on occasion snugglehumps as a thank you for tips to the venue. She is all of those things but she is also so much more! There are so many facets to this woman that if I did now know her personally I would think those pixels were made up of more than one person.

Owning a venue probably seems pretty glamorous, and it certainly is at times. Getting to see your club that you work so hard for full of people enjoying themselves and grooving along with you to music you love is an amazing thing. But there is a lot of hard work that goes into it and that hard work is often overlooked and rarely applauded. Meegan deserves to be applauded and I know damn well she will not toot her own horn so I am going to do it for her!

One of the most difficult and rewarding things that Meegan deal with as a live music venue owner is musicians. Have you ever heard the phrase “Working with musicians is like herding cats”? There is so much truth in that statement! While that is true, they are also the reason that Meegan does what she does. They are the love that makes her put so much labor into running a fantastic club. Meegan works tirelessly at putting together After Dark’s schedule of musicians, finding places to showcase new talent on the grid, filling last minute cancellations, dealing with any issues that may arise, be they personal or business.

Then there is that motely crew of a staff that she has to wrangle! Being part of that crew, I can attest to the fact that while we are a damn amazing group of people, we are not free of our “princess moments”. To be completely honest, it is very hard for me to be objective on this being one of the crew, and I cannot speak for the rest of the staff, but I know that I am not always the easiest person to work with and Meegan has had to talk me down from a ledge over silliness more than once!

Then there are the million of little things that Meegan deals with while hosting shows. Complaints from patrons, sometimes legitimate, other times things that are not within Meegan’s control. Either way, she deals with them with grace. Her goal is for people to have a great time while at After Dark and she will do anything that she is able to (within reason…don’t get carried away!) to ensure that it happens. In an evening of live music she is likely to field a load of IMs from patrons, questions, complaints, people looking for bookings, people just wanting to chit chat. And she fields all of those IMs while greeting every person that lands at After Dark, thanking for every tip and enjoying the heck out of herself!

After Dark is not the only passion that Meegan indulges in while in SL. (Minds…gutter…you know the drill! Stop it!) She dances for Guerilla Burlesque as a soloist and she has acted as a director for the troupe at times. This is a damned involved process. The soloist has to choose a song, develop a concept, build a set and choreograph a dance. It consumes a huge amount of time and in the end she has 3-5 minutes on stage in which she blows away the audience. Much like owning a venue, it is very much a labor of love and one that Meegan has a distinct talent for.

I would also like to point out that Meegan does all of the above while balancing her RL along the way. She takes care of her family, works an (often more than) full time job, and still finds time to do the things that she loves in SL. She is a owner, a friend, a therapist, a warden, a dancer and most importantly a damn good time. TOOT TOOT TOOT!!! Hear that? I am tooting the hell out of her horn, because she deserves it!

You want to know the best part of this post? Meegan has no idea what I am writing this week. I normally let her know, at least give her an overview, but I didn’t this time. She probably would have told me not to write this. She is too damn modest and I am not going to take that crap anymore! If your friends cannot give you a hearty pat on the back then who the hell can? Am I right?

In closing, Meegs, you are so loved and your hard work does not go unnoticed!

 

 

Tent Spankings?

Yes, I know that the title is odd. When you write your blog you can title it whatever you want! Now, before I get into the nuts and the bolts of this entry, I have a beef. Every single birthday that I have celebrated at After Dark has come with the promises of spankings, lots and lots of spankings. Picture people lining up to dish out spankings! Well, once again, the only spankings I got were from Meegan. I am just letting you all know that next year I expect more! You have one year to warm up your spanking skills!

Now that I have THAT out of the way….onto why we are really here!

After Dark through an amazing birthday for both me and Funkyfreddy Republic this past Tuesday. Freddy and I do not share a birthday but his is on the 24th and mine the 25th. Since After Dark is located on Idle Rogue, which is an Aussie sim, we kind of sort of do share a birthday when we are there. If you are thinking my math might be a little sketchy, or my reasoning slightly off then 1. You are wrong and 2. I have brought a graph that proves such.*

Everyone knows that graphs only ever show the truth. You know why? SCIENCE!!

Meegan wanted a theme for the party that would suit both of the guests of honor. It just so happens that I love camping and Freddy is an avid outdoorsman. So what better setting for the festivities than a campsite in the mountains?!? LadyGlory worked her magic and transformed After Dark into a gorgeous outdoor space complete with tents and mountains! There evening was a blast and the music was fantastic! I will stop my fingers from tapping the keyboard and let you see for yourself!

Twinghost kicking off the party!

Max Kleene rocking us!

PT Beardmore refusing to plat the birthday girl’s original request but redeeming himself by playing her 2nd one!

The great outdoors can indoors!

The birthday boy, Mr. Funkyfreddy Republic

Blues Heron wrapping up the fantastic night!

If you were not there, you missed one hell of a party, After Dark is keeping the décor up through this Sunday 1/29 due to the awesome response it received. So come by and check it out. Lounge in the tents. Gaze at the majestic scenery. Love the great outdoors while it is still indoors!

On a personal note, thank you to everyone for the great time that was had Tuesday night. The happy birthdays and well wishes were fantastic. You all sure know how to make a gal feel good!

♥ ~Ty

*Please note there is nothing scientific about this graph. It was just fun to make.

Tell Ty Vol. 9!

Hello Tell Ty my old friend……..You’re asking questions once again…..

YEEHAW!! Tell Ty is BACK! Everyone knows that I am nosy and I love to ask questions and Tell Ty lets me do just that without making me look like a total creeper! Since it has been a long time since there has been a volume of Tell Ty, I feel the need to give a bit of a refresher for those who may be new to the blog or for those regular readers who just forget things for whatever reason. Personally, I find the thoughts that roll out of my mind to amusing that I do not understand how anyone could ever forget them. I mean, honestly, my trains of thought are so on the track that it boggles my mind how anyone would forget one……now what was I talking about?

Tell Ty is a quick and relatively painless way to get to know the staff of After Dark and the musicians that groove the stage and rock the walls. I ask three questions. The same three things of every person that participates. 1. Tell me something random. 2. Tell me something you think I should know about you. 3. Tell me something that not everyone knows about you. See, it is totally painless. No staff or musicians were harmed in the making of Tell Ty. If you would like to take a trip down memory lane and look at the previous volumes of Tell Ty you can click here.

This volume features a staff member that I completely forgot I had not accosted with my questions when she officially joined the staff and a musician who is new to After Dark.

Tell Ty Volume 9!

                                                   Hunson Abadeer (tharaddavil)

This volume of Tell Ty begins with a newcomer to the After Dark stage, Hunson Abadeer. Not only is he a newcomer to our stage, but he is possibly one of the youngest performers to have played After Dark. I promise he is legal though. I know you are all thinking “OMG! They let her deal with minors?!?!” Don’t be silly! We all know that would be a catastrophe!

1. Tell me something random.
I bailed the banks out. I spawned this whole house.
2. Tell me something you think I should know about you.
Typically, I’m playing drums and writing music for my wizard pop band called The Flabbercasters. Hunson Abadeer is just something for me to do solo, when I’m feeling like less of a dork.
3. Tell me something that not everyone know about you.
I used to be a considerably popular machinima youtuber. I made videos on a game called “Free Realms” back in 2010. It was seriously one of my favorite games of all time. Unfortunately, Sony shut down the servers in 2014, but my Youtube account kept getting visitors and subscribers. It currently has a little over 400 subscribers and my best video has almost reached 30,000 views. I’ve never been as embarrassed as I am proud. I used my real voice and got help from my brother too. Our voices are so high, it’s hilarious. In-game, I used the username “Th3 Raddavil” and that’s where my resident name (tharaddavil) stems from.
Please don’t make me regret sharing this:
https://www.youtube.com/user/FreeRealmRadDavil
You heard the man correctly, wizard pop band. I didn’t know what that was until I met Hunson and now I know that any band that play a love song about Medusa is good by me! And since he asked so nicely, let’s not make him regret sharing the youtube link!

She is the newest member of the After Dark Lounge Staff. She is a fantastic hostess and cute as a damn button but this woman has a dark side, and you are about to see it firsthand! Her replies are about as sassy as the finger she is presenting in the photo above! I present to you, the most judgey Tell Ty responses ever, from none other than Mrs. Shannyn Waverider!

1. Tell me something random.
I like to correct peoples typos…..
2. Tell me something you think I should know about you.
I noticed you made a typo in your questions here.
3. Tell me something that not everyone know about you.
Your typo was here in question three, it should have been knowS not know. So something everyone does not know about me? I am an obnoxious bitch when it comes to typos! : )

After Shanny sent me her responses I applauded her on getting them back to me so quickly. Then I read the note card…….then I went through older Tell Ty notecards in my inventory to see if that typo had always been there. Sure enough, there it was in all of its typographical erred glory. 8.5 volumes of Tell Ty, most of them featuring at least 2 people and no one pointed it out till now. Thank you Shanny for being ever diligent and pointing out when I make a mistake!

There you have it folks! Another Tell Ty in the books! Hopefully more to come as well!

♥ Ty

Moving on……..down?

The Jeffersons moved on up. The Von Trapp family climbed every mountain. People are said to climb the corporate ladder or sleep their way to the top. Success is almost always associated with an upward movement. It is not normal to hear about someone falling towards greatness.  Well guess what?!?! We don’t give a damn! After Dark is moving on down, like a boss, and it is going to be freaking fantastic!

Yep! After Dark Lounge is moving to the ground level at Idle Rogue. We are now located right by The Ariellum Theater, home to the incomparable Guerilla Burlesque dance troupe. It is a flipping gorgeous sim if you have never had the chance to explore it! We hope that being on the ground will encourage our patrons to check the whole place out. Seriously, just get out and wander a bit!

I took the liberty of taking a few photos just to show you all how damned pretty the new digs are!

Purdy, huh? Yes, the building will remain the same, just the location is changing. And what a new location is it! Waterfalls! Freaking waterfalls! I feel like I should add that I might be a tad bit excited about the new location! Idle Rogue is seriously one of the prettiest sims and to be on the ground level of that beautifulness is awesome!!!

So, now that all of the gushing is over with, down to biniss. THIS is the new slurl for After Dark. If you use an old LM there will be a teleporter there that can take you to the new location, but why not just grab the new LM?!?! Take the LM, love it, embrace it, use it!

Oh! I also wanted to add that After Dark is featuring Rogue Radio when there are not live shows happening. This has nothing to do with the move, but it is some really eclectic and kick butt music, Example: Today while at After Dark I heard Wild Thing by Tone Loc followed by Kashmir by Led Zeppelin. If your musical tastes are as varied as mine, hearing those songs back to back takes you a little closer to your happy place!

Out with the old and in with the new!

The holidays are over. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus or any other winter holiday of the sort, it is now behind us. As the new year approaches we welcome the time to look back at the past year and ahead at the fresh, new year for the blank page that it is.

First, my Christmas was very nice. Thank you for asking. I hope that your holiday celebration was just as nice. I hope that your family did not drive you any more crazy than normal, that you got everything you asked for and that you truly celebrated the real meaning of the season…….eating and drinking. Nary a Christmas has gone by since I reached drinking age that I was without a bourbon slush in my hand in the evening and a bloody mary in the morning! (I do jest and I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season!)

Before we look at the year that is to come, I find it only fitting to look back at the year that we just passed. We lost a lot this year. I am sure I need not remind you of the countless celebrities that we lost as well as the many outstanding musicians. We also lost a friend and supporter of live music earlier this year. Brandy will always be in our thoughts. Everyone deals with loss in their own way and the musicians that grace the stage at After Dark dealt with the passing of so many talents by doing what they do best, paying tribute through the music.

I do not want to dwell on the sadness and loss that was abundant this year, especially when there was so much silliness and good times that took place this year as well! There were parties, shenanigans and good times a plenty this past year. Let us take a brief walk down memory lane!

tit-face swapSaramarie was coerced into streaking during a Voodoo Shilton show. We are forever grateful to the one who did the coercing and to Derek, Sara’s manager, who provided the most wonderful photo ever!

 

 

 

 

After Dark was nominated, more than once for an Avi Choice award!

Ty handed out her second annual Ty’s Choice Awards

Shanny Joined the brood, much to the surprise of many regulars and musicians who thought she already worked at After Dark!AfterDarkFamilyPortrait

 

Meegan and Tyche jammed Minnesota style!

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Oblee showed up more than once as a non puppet avi. Much to Ty’s dismay.

We had, at least in this bloggers opinion, the most unique and interesting griefing the night that the floor kept sliding.

Loads of new musicians rocked the stage, along with long standing regulars and those we hadn’t heard in a while!

And those are just a few of the highlights! There were endless conversations that out of context would completely boggle the mind. There were millions of dances as a result of millions of taps to Meegan’s behind. There were IMs of every type imaginable, and occasionally there were IMs accidentally typed in local, which then lead to more mind boggling conversations!

Thank you to everyone, the musicians, fans, regulars, people who randomly found After Dark in search and those who have no idea how they ended up there but had a good time anyway! Without all of you After Dark would be nothing! Join us as we embrace the newness of 2017 and make it one hell of a year!

I leave you with a picture that sums up just how awesome After Dark is. This picture was taken on September 28th. This was not a Halloween party, or October 28th when one might expect to see this kind of thing. No, this was just another night at After Dark.

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