The Tale of the Unsung Hero

The designated driver.

The rodeo clown.

The human medical test subject.

The “fluffer” on an adult film set.

The last-minute schedule filler-inner.

A list of random people? Perhaps….but also a list of unsung heroes. Those people who put others first. Those people who step up to the plate right when they are needed. Those that heed a call that many may not even realize is being made. Today we salute them. Well, at least one of them. As much as I would love to write a blog post about “fluffers” and rodeo clowns, this is After Dark Lounge’s blog and not a rodeo or adult film blog, so we will stick with the one that matters to us most, the last-minute filler-inner.

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Sometimes in the whirlwind world that is the SL music scene, as they say, poop happens. Performers get sick, RL emergencies pop up, shows are cancelled. When a performer has to cancel a show there is a scramble that takes place behind the scenes. Either the others performing that day/night are moved around or a last-minute fill-in is found for the time slot.

After Dark Lounge would like to take a moment to recognize our most reliable and awesome fill-in, Raspbury Rearwin. Rasp has, countless times, been called upon by Boobs (known to most in SL as Tyche) to fill a gap in the schedule. Sometimes this call is at a day’s notice, sometimes it is under an hour’s notice, but Rasp is always willing to answer that call with guitar in hand and the tunes a’flowin!

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                                            Artist’s rendering of Raspbury Rearwin.

Once such instance happened recently and Raspbury deserves to be recognized for his general amazingness. Rasp was asked to fill in for a performer who had a R/SL conflict. As Rasp is prone to do he asked when and was more than willing to whip up a set. He played his hour, the crowd loved it and on came the next performer. Unfortunately, the next performer was having technical issues and though Rasp and other musicians in the audience that night suggested trying several things, the performer was not able to resolve said issues. Rather than call it a night, Rasp stepped up once again and delivered nearly an entire additional hour of music to keep the crowd at After Dark grooving.

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                                                              The “real” Raspy

This is exactly the kind of thing that makes Raspbury Rearwin an unsung hero. He wasn’t asked to play that second hour, he offered. He didn’t have to suggest the performer with the technical issue try x, y and z to fix it, he offered those suggestions. It was one of those moments where even though something is going wrong, one gets a warm fuzzy feeling just seeing the support that exists in the music community.

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So Rasp, here it is, your very own Ty’s Choice Award, albeit a little late. The first ever “Can’t Say No to Boobs” award! Thank you so much for your generosity and time and for filling out slots!

First life can be a total b………

….ig pain in the butt!

lifesabitchSo…..sometimes first life grabs onto one’s second life and yanks really hard. This is not only painful but it is also often time-consuming. Sadly, first life has done exactly this to our beloved Meegan! Before anyone freaks, let me make it very clear that her health is FINE! She was instructed after her last health scare to NEVER DO THAT AGAIN and, contrary to popular belief, she can follow instructions when she wants to! Meegan has been and will continue to be taking a break from SL until her first life job calms the hell down. She has promised that she will try her best to not completely work off that fierce ass that we all know and love.

As a result, After Dark will be taking a break as well. Instead of looking it this with sad puppy dog eyes, we have decided to look at it as a spring break! Beer bongs and wet t-shirt contests and all that jazz! (Ok, maybe not, but what you do on your own time if completely up to you!)

spring breakThe regular rotation of live shows will resume on April 10th. If Meegan is feeling froggy there may even be a special event or two between now and then! Keep your eyes peeled and we will keep you posted! We look forward to returning to our “normal”, which is anything but normal but we like it that way!

 

They’re Baaaaack!

You might have noticed that the stage at After Dark was very quiet this week. At least we hope that you noticed! After Dark was extra dark this week because Meegan and Tyche were tearing it up at BURN2, Guerilla Burlesque style!

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                                                                 Roguery Camp

It was wonderful to see many of our After Dark regulars out and about on the playa, enjoying everything that BURN2 has to offer, and especially at the shows that we were performing in! If you did not get a chance to make it to BURN2 this year, you owe it to your self to make it next year. It is unlike anything else in Secondlife and it definitely needs to be experienced first hand as pictures and retellings do not do it justice! Speaking of pictures, perhaps you would enjoy seeing some of what Meegan and Ty were up to.

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                                         Burnlesque Photo courtesy of Ed Aulder

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                                     Burnlesque Photo courtesy of Ed Aulder

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                   Meegan clowning around Photo courtesy of Ed Aulder

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                                     Ty channeling her inner belly dancing inmate.

The photographer for After Dark’s blog failed pretty miserably at getting pictures of the live performers, but in her defense she did have a LOT on her plate this past week. Cut her some slack! After Dark regulars Voodoo Shilton, Funkyfreddy Republic, Saramarie Philly and Twinghost Ronas all gifted their music to BURN2…….yet the only picture that slacker photog managed to get was this one! TGBURN_005In addition to the live music and the stage shows there were tons of other events that took place at Roguery Camp. Interactive dance sessions, themed parties that included Tutu Tuesday and Corsets and Cigars and loads of other good times! Just a few more pics of the good times for those who missed it. Not to rub it in or anything, but yea, it was awesome!

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                                                         Corsets and Cigars

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                                     DJ Cherryblonde spinning tunes for Tutu Tuesday

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                                                              Burn baby, burn!

So that is where the week went and why the stage at After Dark was silent, aside from a third of a Saramarie Philly set when they decided to restart the sim! But like the title says “They’re baaaaack!”. And what do you think of when you hear that? It had better be Poltergeist! Halloween is right around the corner and we will be celebrating it at After Dark this Tuesday starting at 7pm! Throw on your best Halloween garb and have a chance at winning prizes that will be awarded each hour! Four hours of live music featuring Twinghost, Steely Decosta, Funkyfreddy, and Oblee! Come to welcome us back from BURN2 and scare the pants off us*!

*There are no guarantees that the staff of After Dark will be wearing pants.

 

Points of Interest

 

If you look to your left you will see a house that contains a bathroom in which some half famous person once used the commode and did not wash their hands. Oh, my bad, I thought I was supposed to point out random points of interest!  Moving on……

IT’S FRIDAY!!!!!!

If you are a regular at After Dark Lounge, chances are that you know what many a Friday night in SL means. Guerilla Burlesque at the Acuo Theater on Idle Rogue!! Tonight the amazing talent of the troupe will be giving you two shows! One at 7pm and the other at midnight. The shows are not the same, I repeat, NOT THE SAME.

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Eye candy for the ladies….

If you have never been to a Guerilla Burlesque performance, you need to reevalute your priorities. Also, you should probably try and make it tonight. Every show at GB (inside lingo, all the cool kids are using it) is remarkable. Each act is built by the dancers. From the concept, to the costuming to the choreography, to the set. It is a labor of love and it is nothing short of breathtaking. This week they will be welcoming Oodlemi Noodle (the hot piece of eye candy featured above) back to the stage at the 7pm show. After Dark Lounge’s very own Dark Phaeton will also be performing in the 7pm show, so there will be loads of eye candy for the ladies!

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…and the gentleman!

At the midnight show they will be debuting a new dancer who will be performing to a song by one of the After Dark Lounge’s regular musicians! You might know her. She writes a blog, has a foul mouth, is crazy adorable…….but I am not going to tell you who it is! Meegan will also be performing in an act at the midnight show! Long story short, you kind of need to just come to both. Oh! And get there early! The theater can fill up pretty early!

One last thing before I leave you to your weekend. Please do not forget that After Dark Lounge will be having their monthly theme night this upcoming Thrusday, starting at 6pm! The theme is Saturday Night Live and we want to see you dressed as your favorite character from the show! Prizes will be given out each hour for the best dressed in the theme!

Christmas in July!

 

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Christmas came early to After Dark Lounge in the first of what will be a silly, awesome, all around good time series of theme nights! Sassy Nitely kicked off the night and not only brought the Christmas spirit but also a set of sexy backup dancers.

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Frets Nirvana continued the night starting his set with a stunningly gorgeous version of Carol of the Bells that kept the festive mood going.

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Rapsbury Rearwin brought the scrooge to the party, but also brought some sweet tunes so we forgive him for his lack of Christmas spirit. xmasinjuly_012

Ren and Quai forgot about the theme night, but we got lucky and Ren wore green and has red hair! I kind of think that she pretended to forget!

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The music was rounded out by Grif Bamaisin and his Santa thong, That’s right, I said Santa thong! Back up dancing was provided by none other than Meegan and Tyche! xmasjuly_017

Not only was there great music, but there were prizes given away each hour for the best Christmas get up! For your viewing pleasure….more of the awesome that happened that night! xmasinjuly_001 xmasinjuly_002 xmasinjuly_003 xmasinjuly_007 xmasinjuly_008 xmasinjuly_010 xmasjuly_024 xmasjuly_022 xmasjuly_013 xmasjuly_012 xmasjuly_010 xmasjuly_005

Our next theme night will be August 27th and we want you all there dressed as your favorite character from Saturday Night Live! We want Pat, Stuart Smiley, Cone Heads, Landshark! Pick your favorite character, put together a get up and come enjoy the good tunes with us! A prize of 1000L is given out each hour for the best dressed in the theme!

 

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

Tell Ty Volume 7!

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You know the drill! I make the three requests and the artists give me their replies. Sometimes they are deep thoughts, sometimes they are silly and sometimes they just leave you scratching your head and saying “Where the heck did they come up with that?!?”. If you do not know the drill or would just like to take a trip down memory lane you can check out the previous volumes of Tell Ty here:
Volume1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Volume 4
Volume 5
Volume 6

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                                                               The Vinnie Show

First up we have Vinnie of The Vinnie Show. He is one of the newest additions to the regular lineup at After Dark Lounge. Vinnie brings good time and both originals and covers to his sets. We are thrilled to have him joining us at After Dark!

1. Tell me something random.
Dom was walking to the bakery and suddenly a truck came out of nowhere and RANDOM off the street.

2. Tell me something you think I should know about you.
I stopped maturing emotionally and mentally at approx. age 14.

3. Tell me something that not everyone knows about you.
I don’t have a belly button.

I can only assume based on the reply to number 3 that Vinnie was hatched from an egg. Seems logical enough to me!

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                           Phemie Alcott

Up next we have the lovely and talented Phemie Alcott! Phemie is far from new to the After Dark Lounge lineup, she has been a regular with us for quite a long while! She tickles the ivories with a combination of covers and originals from her EP Raising the Black.

1. Tell me something random.     i really love strawberry shortcake
2. Tell me something you think I should know about you.  that i’m working on another EP i’d like to release next year in 2016!
3. Tell me something that not everyone know about you.   I am a cancer survivor! 🙂

I am positive that I am not the only one excited to hear that Phemie is working on another EP!!!!!

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Rounding out this installment of Tell Ty is Mr. Lyndon Heart. Lyndon has been a staple on the SL music scene for more than a bit, and he has always been willing to stand in at After Dark Lounge no matter how last minute we approached him! Lyndon recently joined out regular schedule and we are loving it!

1. Tell me something random. I love kumquats
2. Tell me something you think I should know about you. I’m afraid of crows
3. Tell me something that not everyone know about you. I have a hit 45 on the interwebs from the 60’s

C’mon, I know you giggled when you read kumquats. Ok, maybe it was just me, but like Vinnie I seemed to have stopped maturing at age 14!

Until next time!

~Tyche

Trying to remain humble……

……but it is so hard when you see the venue you work for in a clip on Dr. Phil!

You heard me right, After Dark Lounge got some face time on the Dr. Phil Show! While speaking to Ebbe Altberg (the CEO of Linden Labs for those who live under a rock!) about the many ways in which people use Second Life, Dr. Phil featured a clip from The Drax Files that showed Oblee playing at After Dark. If you have not seen The Drax Files on Oblee, you can here! Thank you so much to Draxtor Depres for posting the clip to youtube and thank you to Oblee for sharing the post on FB so that Tyche saw it!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CLIP FROM THE DR. PHIL SHOW!

It is short, and sweet, but pretty dang awesome!

Oh my! It’s July!

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Now that Canada Day and Independence Day have passed, we can settle into the month! We have some bits of awesomeness in the works at After Dark, and Idle Rogue has some greatness up their sleeves too!

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As many of you know, Idle Rogue has kicked off the latest season of Guerilla Burlesque! They have added several new soloists and corps dancers. One of which is our very own Tyche! They have also added additional show time to their schedule! Not only will they be doing the midnight show on Friday night/Saturday morning, they will also be performing on Friday evening at 7pm! No two shows will be the same!

In addition to Guerilla Burlesque starting up, Idle Rogue also has DJ Maeve spinning tunes at The Underground on Wednesday evenings starting at 8pm. Speaking of tunes…..there might just be a special event in the works for the end of the month, but you will just have to keep your eyes and ears open for that!

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The After Dark Lounge has also added some artists to the family of regulars that grace the stage. The Vinnie Show has joined the lineup every other Sunday at the 10pm slot and Lyndon Heart has joined us on the opposite Sundays in the 9pm slot! You can view After Dark Lounge’s complete schedule here.

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                    The Vinnie Show

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                          Lyndon Heart

Starting this month we are going to have a theme night one Thursday a month at the After Dark Lounge. On Thursday, July 30th we will have our first theme night, and what better theme than Christmas in July?!?! Throw on your finest Christmas duds, wrap up those gifts and join us at 8pm for a night of great music! Forget the gifts, we know that we are hard to buy for!

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We hope that you are as excited about the upcoming month as we are!

Story Time!

I am sure that there are some of you, who like me, are new or newish to the music scene of Secondlife. I am always curious how things get to where they are now. So I asked about the history of Rhi’s Poem/After Dark. Rather than spew a time line of events at you and holding a quiz at the end, I would like to tell you fairy tale style! (Creative writing classes, don’t fail me now!)
Pull up a comfy seat, or snuggle under the covers while I spin the Tale of After Dark!

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Once upon a time (c’mon, you know you saw that coming!) there was a fair maiden by the name of Rhi. Rhi carried the dream of having a place where fine minstrels could display their talents for the masses. To fulfill this dream, Rhi embarked on a quest with her lady in waiting, Meegan, to find the finest minstrels that the land had to offer.

Dramatic reenactment of the fair maidens embarking on their quest.

                               Dramatic reenactment of the fair maidens embarking on their quest.

 Their quest was one of toil, struggle and a crap ton of good music. Leaving nary a musical stone unturned, Rhi and Meegan returned from their quest enlightened and prepared to face the task of making Rhi’s dreams come to fruition. And thus the Mai Tai sim was born!

Sadly, as in all fairy tales, tragedy struck! The fair Rhi was kidnapped by an evil dragon and locked away in a tower, never to be seen again. Meegan, though distraught, knew that she had to carry on Rhi’s dream and thus took over the running of the land of Mai Tai. After a short time Meegan knew that she needed a place in the land of Mai Tai that was more a reflection of her vision. After Dark was created and perfected by the finest builders and it was, and still is a thing of beauty!

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The minstrels graced the stage and regaled the patrons with their tales and tunes. The people of the land were delighted with both the music and the atmosphere. Meegan took on many to assist her with the heavy task of wrangling musicians, keeping schedules and making sure that the people were kept happy. Though Rhi was dearly missed, Meegan had taken the reigns and was very much enjoying her new role as a sim and venue owner.

HUZZAH!

                                                HUZZAH!

After some time had passed, as is apt to happen in fairly tales, the fair Meegan was wooed by a fine suitor. Normally a lovely lady such as herself would be drawn to dashing, handsome man, but in this case the suitor was another sim. Meegan had been in love with Idle Roque from her first visit there, and over time that love grew to include the people of the sim. (Not THAT way, get your minds out of the gutter!) When the chance to join the kingdom of Idle Rogue arose, Meegan was both smitten and flattered, but she also knew that it would mean leaving behind her beloved Mai Tai. It was not a decision that she took lightly, but in the end she knew that it would be best if she left Mai Tai and moved After Dark to Idle Rogue.

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That, my friends, is where our fairy tale ends. The story is far from over, it is still being written each and every day, but for now I will just say that After Dark and Idle Rogue lived happily ever after.