FREDSTOCK: A RETROSPECTIVE IN BLACK AND WHITE

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Artist’s rendering of The Barn. Please note: After Dark Lounge does    not have a large budget for such things!

I have received a number of requests for a blog post on Fredstock, or to those who follow me on facebook, Feedstock. (Thank you autocorrect!) I am more than happy to tell everyone all about everything that went on that awesome weekend…but….

            WHAT HAPPENS AT FREDSTOCK STAYS AT FREDSTOCK!

I will share one thing with you and that is my favorite moment from the weekend, I have to tell you all that there is nothing more amazing than sitting by a fire, having a beer and listening to Fred, Voo and Max talk shop. It was the singles coolest moment of the weekend for me!

While I cannot share the details of Fredstock with you, I do want to share some great photos that I snapped at the Black and White Ball that was hosted at Idle Rogue by Lingual Markus, Chryblnd Scribe and Meegan Danitz! I would like to apologize in advance to Ren and Quai for not getting a picture of them, I thought that I had, and Ren looked completely stunning that night so I was terribly disappointed to find that I did not have one of them! EDIT! Meegan had a picture of Ren and part of Quai!

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Lingual Markus

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                                                                            Meegan Danitz

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                             Ren and the back of  Quai’s head!   Photo by Meegan Danitz

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Rara Destiny

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A sea of black and white!

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Me!

Sorry to those who were really thinking that they were going to hear all about the barn, but rules are rules!

~Ty

Cinco de After Darko!

I managed to snap a few pics of After Dark Lounge’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. The margaritas were flowing, the music was jamming and the señors and señoritas were shaking it as best they can! Thank you to everyone who came out to help us celebrate!

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                                     Max Kleene taking a pre-show siesta!

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                             Grooving to Señor Kleene!

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                   Señor…….ita? That’s right, I rocked a ‘stache!

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                           Even the pixies were in the festive spirit!

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                       Señorita Shanny enjoying her margarita!

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                                   Señorita Roxy Paradox

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                        Sombreros! Margaritas! Maracas! Oh my!

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                       Señor Joel of Cielo Rojo (Red Heaven)

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                                Señor FunkyFreddy Rebublico

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Happy Birthday Reknard!

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There are many regulars who we adore at After Dark. What do we do for those we adore? We show them just how much they mean to us and celebrate them and their milestones!

Reknard Goldshark, also knows as LadyGlory’s arm candy, has been a fixture at After Dark since I have been visiting there. Rek has a wonderful sense of humor, a generous soul and is just an all around good guy. It was a pleasure to celebrate his birthday with him and with some of his favorite musicians!

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Stephanniyah Sinatra started off the night. (And because I am none too bright some nights, I completely blanked on taking a picture of her while she was on stage!) Steph is not only one of Rek’s favorite artists, but she also played at the wedding of Rek and LG. Steph had Rek and LG all starry eyed, gooey and flirty. They are my favorite couple in SL and they routinely make me throw up a little in my mouth.

11032673_457418087743694_78702997_oFunkyFreddy Republic played the second hour with special guest Max Kleene. It was very obvious that they were having a hell of a time at the barn and the laughter and good times were infectious!

Fred and Max RBD Fred and Max2 RBD Max RBDThe evening ended with LG giving Rek a VERY special birthday gift and ended up earning herself a little spending money in the process! Sadly, I did not take any pictures of Rek receiving his gift from LG and even if I had, I am sure she would be less than thrilled with me if I posted them here! Instead I will give you this “dramatic reenactment“. Not entirely safe for work, but not the worst I could do either!

Happy Birthday Rek!

The Road Forward

On Saturday, March 7th a whole load of awesome took place at After Dark’s outdoor venue. The amazing people of SL came together to help one of our own,the lovely TheaDee, who is currently kicking cancer’s ass like a boss! The Road Forward was one of the most amazing displays of generosity I have ever witnessed. Meegan orchestrated the event, Cori decorated the venue, and each of the musicians happily volunteered their time. The outpouring of generosity from everyone there was nothing short of mind blowing!

A HUGE “Thank you!” goes out to all who gave their time, energy and money to the cause. The musicians get a special shout out, without them this could not have happened. Sassy Nitely, Voodoo Shilton, Moon Spark, Bat Masters, Suzen Juel, Lyndon Heart, Zak Claxton, Porter Paquot, Max Kleene, FunkyFreddy Republic, Taunter Goodnight, Liz Aday, Red Heaven, The Follow, you are all amazing and generous!

If you were not able to be there you missed a spectacular day of music, love and friendship. The good news is that many people were able to take photos of the day! Enjoy! Photos are courtesy of TheaDee and Cori!

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                                                                        Liz Aday

10 Taunter

                                                Taunter Goodnight

09 Freddy

                                                             FunkyFreddy

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                                            Max Kleene and FunkyFreddy

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                                                  Joel Eilde and Loreen Legion

06 Lyndon

                                                             Lyndon Heart

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                                                                   The Follow

07 Zak

                                                                  Zak Claxton

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                                                              Voodoo Shilton

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                                                              Suzen Juel

04 Bat

                                                             Bat Masters

03 Moon

                                                               Moon Spark

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                                                              Sassy Nitely

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                                                             Porter Paquot

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                                                    A sea of love and friendship!

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                                              Good times with great people!

 

Ty’s Choice Awards

 

 

Disclaimer:
This is not mean to belittle the Avi Choice Awards. Like everything else that I write, this is written in the spirit of silliness and fun! RS90s-cup-trophy*DRUMROLL*

Booming announcer voice: “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the first annual Ty’s Choice Awards! And now…your hostess for the evening, Tyche Szondi!”

Thank you! Thank you! You can all sit now, there is no need for all of that. There will be plenty of time to show your undying love and appreciation for me at the after party!

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the first annual Ty’s Choice Awards! This is an award show like no other! There are no nominees. There are no losers. Rather than having our regular musicians vying against one another for some silly statuette, I have taken it upon myself to give each of them an award in a category completely tailored just for them! Another way the Ty’s Choice Awards are better than other awards shows is the lack of long winded acceptance speeches. (Unless any of the artists would like to send me an acceptance speech, in which case I will gladly feature it on the website!)

One final thing before we hand out the awards. Unfortunately, Meegan Danitz cannot be with us this evening. As some of you may have witnessed before the show while on the red carpet, Meegan was told by security that if she had one more nip slip she would be banned from the show and not allowed back on the premises until the show was over. Upon hearing this, Meegan untied her wrap dress and walked the rest of the red carpet with her dress hanging open and all of her lady bits showing. At the end of the red carpet she was taken into custody. We wish her the best and look forward to seeing her at the after party!

Now on with the show! Screw the silly jokes between awards, and the music numbers. Let’s give these things out! Now, When you read the list you need to read them in an announcer’s voice. “And the TCA for ________ goes to_____!” Extra points if you read them aloud and get strange looks from people around you! And-the-Winner-Is-CP-Confetti
Best Growl: Joel Eilde (Red Heaven)
Most Angelic Giggle: Lyrica Acoustic
Most Demonic Laugh: FunkyFreddy Republic
Best Wood: Obeloinkment Wrigglesworth
Most Likely to Sing About Wood: SaraMarie Philly (Dick Family Reunion)
Most Likely to Work Local Chat Into a Song: Porter Paquot
Most Likely to be Distracted By Meegan in a Short Skirt: Reggie Sunset
Most Fierce Ass: duh……
Best Tip Jar: Maximillion Kleene’s Tipsy the Cow
Most Likely to Melt Tyche with His Voice: TwinGhost Ronas
Most Likely to Melt Tyche with Her Voice: Rara Destiny
Craziest Pants: Grif Bamaisin
Best Use of A Goat and/or Sheep in Sampling: DeepSky Timeless
Most Likely to Introduce You to an Instrument You Have Never Heard Before: Voodoo Shilton
Best Beard: PT Beardmore
Most Likely to Have Meegan Saying “Ph**k” in Local: Phemie Alcott
Most Multi-lingual Songstress: Roxy Paradox
Least Graceful Dismount (aka Most Likely to Play on With a Broken Leg): Frets Nirvana
Best SL to RL Love Story:  Avvy Barzane
Most Likely to Loop the F-Bomb: Jordan Reyne
Best Ever to Play Tell Ty: Liz Aday
Best Banana Pancakes: Beamer Lowtide
Kinkiest: Ren Enberg and Quai Franklin
Most Missed: Loreen Legion

Last but never least we have the Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Stephanniyah Sinatra. She has earned this award by being the longest running regular artist to play at After Dark!

Congratulations to all of our winners! We hope that you wear the honor of this award like a badge!

Now on to the after party, where I just got word that Meegan is currently dancing on a table and I am getting conflicting reports as to whether she is clothed or not!

~Tyche

Please enjoy some moments from the red carpet!

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                                           Joel Eidle

Rek and LG

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                                                          Tyche Szondi

 

 

 

 

Tell Ty Volume 4!

everyone-seems-normal-until-you-get-to-know-themIt has been too long…..I know, I know. You are have just been chomping at the bit waiting for the next installment of Tell Ty. Every last one of you sitting on the edge of your seats, wondering what odd little nuggets of wonder we will get from the next round of artists. The wait is over! Huzzah! Tell Ty Volume 4 has arrived!

For those who have no idea what I am talking about and may need some catching up, shame on you for not reading all along! I mean….Welcome….you can catch up here: Volume 1                                                                                                                           Volume 2                                                                                                                          Volume 3

Actually…..before I get into the newest installment, I want to give an update to the first Tell Ty. Remember how Frets let us know that he had been “working on something” and would let us know after the first of the year? Well, he did let me know and I slacked off and forgot to update! Turns out what he was working on was healing a broken leg! He is well on the mend and we all wish him the best!

TwinghostWe start this volume of Tell Ty with Mr. TwinGhost Ronas. You all may not know this (though I would be amazed since I kind of mention it at nearly every TG show I attend), but TwinGhost has a voice that makes me melt. We have had to rez a “Caution Wet Floor” sign at his shows in the past.  But enough about all that and on with the game!
1. Tell me something random: To de-skin garlic cloves, place them in a jar a shake.
2. Tell me something you think I should know about you: I fast forward through love scenes in films.
3. Tell me something that not everyone knows about you: I have dyslexia.

Birthday LoreenUp next we have the lovely Loreen Legion. Her sweet, sultry voice is being sorely missed in Secondlife right now, but we hope that she will be making a return very soon! Oh, and those smiles she puts at the end of her replies? She really means them!
1. Tell me something random: my laptop’s keyboard is missing 6 keys.
2. Tell me something you think I should know about you: I can bake a killer brownie 🙂
3. Tell me something that not everyone knows about you: But my stuffed pancakes are better 🙂

I know EXACTLY what you are thinking right now….you want Loreen to make you pancakes stuffed with her killer brownies…..yum!

FunkyFreddy Republic PromoRounding out this installment of Tell Ty is FunkyFreddy Republic. Not only does he write amazing originals and make every cover he has his own, but he has quite possibly the best laugh of any person in Secondlife. A FunkyFreddy show is not complete without at least one bout of that awesome maniacal laughter. Oh, and if you have never had the pleasure of hearing one of his ambient shows, do yourself a favor and check one out!
1. Tell me something random: i had a terrible job for a few months after high school as a phone solicitor….. and got fired for changing the script and pranking a nasty customer
2. Tell me something you think I should know about you: I’ve been a musician all my life
3. Tell me something that not everyone knows about you: i was born on the same day as Neil Diamond and Warren Zevon

And there you have it folks! Another volume of Tell Ty is in the books, or at least on the web! Check back this weekend for an extra special treat….I will give you a hint…there may be statuettes involved!

~Tyche

Happy Birthday to Me!

What is the best part about working for a place you love, a place that hosts your favorite live acts, a place where you have felt at home from day one? When you get older, they rock the hell out of a birthday party!

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                                           Photo courtesy of Van Caerndow

There is something about being surrounded by great music that makes jumping an age bracket a lot easier. Yes, I no longer fall into the 25-34 age group when I fill out surveys, but I got to ring in my 35th year with good friends, sweet tunes and a few surprises!

 

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LadyGlory outdid herself with the decorations. Her exact words were “I hope it is not too girly!”. I may drink and cuss and belch like a sailor, but I still love getting girly! I was really touched that she acknowledged my love of wieners by having hot dogs in the food spread!

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Had I been warned that Meegan would have a birthday throne on the stage and would expect me to sit in it for photo ops I might have made sure I was wearing a dress that was “sit worthy”. But I wasn’t and I didn’t and I spent too much time getting my necklace just flipping right, so I did what I normally do. I embraced the inappropriateness of the moment and showed the world my alpha layer on more than one occasion!

 

Snapshot _ After Dark_Rhi's Poem, Mai Tai (86, 80, 3573) - ModeOblee started off the evening by playing every stinking song that I asked him to! Poor dude probably did not expect a list when he asked if I had any requests! Obs gets an extra high-five for playing even though I forgot to confirm him! (And this is why I do not book!) Crap! I nearly forgot! I asked Oblee to play something that no one in the crowd would expect, something “completely silly and ridiculous”. He freaking nailed it with “Parents Just Don’t Understand”. Spitting every lyric like he had written it himself!

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Loreen Legion’s lovely voice started the second hour of fine tunage. It was pretty obvious from the get-go that there was something up Loreen’s sleeve. On more than one occasion she mentioned that she had a surprise for everyone. And what a perfect surprise it was! Enter Mr. Voodoo Shilton and this birthday girl was in dual stream heaven!

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Birthday Ty_Voo

Voodoo carried on solo into the third hour. Feet were tapping, and I giggled more than once during his new tune “Airport Love”. I am fairly certain that it is impossible to not have a happy heart when listening to Voodoo Shilton. I know it is not possible for me!

 

 

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As the night was drawing near the end, the fantastic FunkyFreddy Republic took the stage. Freddy had just celebrated turning a year older the day before and it was a complete honor to have him on stage for my birthday. Call me weird, but hearing Fred play Grave Digger into Don’t Fear the Reaper really was a feel good moment for me!

 

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The evening ended with one final photo op. How could we possibly let Fred escape without sitting in the birthday throne?!?! He looks good in pink…..I might need to get him one of those chairs next year for his birthday!

 

 

I cannot thank the After Dark family enough for throwing together this shindig. Another big round of thanks goes out to the musicians who played! Y’all sure do know how to make a girl feel loved!

~Ty

Birthday Shakin it

 

‘Tis the season to be………AWESOME!

It’s Christmastime at After Dark!

AD Christmas Stage 2If you have not seen the festive splendor that is After Dark all done up for the holidays then you are missing out! The amazing Thea has really outdone herself with the gorgeous decorations! It is hard to walk in to the place and not feel like you want to fa-la-la your las!

No holiday season would be complete without the super fun insanity that is the holiday party! Egg will be nogged, punch will be spiked, pixels will be thoroughly partied! Since you know that After Dark does not half-ass anything, there will be two holiday theme nights!

Sunday December 21, 2014

‘Tis the season to be fancy
Fa la la la la la la la la
Get dolled up and come get dancey
Fa la la la la la la la la
There will be good music playing
Fa la la la la la la la la
With lots and lots of pixel swaying
Fa la la la la la la la la

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Poster courtesy of The Incorrigible Miss Cori.

That’s right! We are getting gussied up on Sunday at After Dark! Put on your prettiest dress or your fanciest pants and join us with your pinkies up!

Tuesday December 23,2014

Jingle bells
I’m scared as hell
Is that a zombie Santa there?
The evil elf is on the shelf,
And he’s got that creepy glare!

Jingle bells
Still scared as hell
What’s with the demon deer?
It might be time to pound some wine
And rock out to the sweet tunes here!

Poster courtesy of The Incorrigible Miss Cori

Poster courtesy of The Incorrigible Miss Cori

What does “Scary Christmas” mean? Any dang thing you want it to! Put the nugget in your brain and run with the first thing that comes to mind! You know that at After Dark nearly anything goes! (Note from management: “Anything goes so long as all pertinent bits and pieces are properly covered.”)

What scary Christmas means to Tyche.

What scary Christmas means to Tyche.

Come down this week and get as festive as your bad elf wants! We look forward to celebrating the season with you!