Boo! The scary kind, not the bummer kind!

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This past Tuesday After Dark partied hard in honor of the day that creepy is favored to normal, the macabre is celebrated and when many women will wear far less clothing in the midst of fall than they would wear on the beach in the middle of a sweltering summer. You guessed it, HALLOWEEN!!!

Frankenghost Ronas started the night off, proving that just because you are a hulking beast who is some level of undead does not mean that you cannot have a smooth set of pipes! Steely Deskeleton us into the second hour with smooth guitar sounds that lead me to believe boney fingers make for good guitar playing! The third hour took us on a spooky trip with Funkyfreddy Roarpublic who insisted that his cuddly lion mask was actually for kinky playtime! Oblee the Bunny rounded out the evening with his looptastic goodness, and even though he is already a puppet, he still showed up in costume!

LadyGlory did an amazing job, as always, with her spooktastic décor! I am not completely sure, but I think on of the plants she had out was trying to eat me. Prizes were awarded each hour for the best costume and the crowd brought their A-game! Once again, the After Dark photographer dropped the ball and did not manage to capture a damn thing….lucky for us, Rebecca Dembo was there and is a picture taking machine! A big thank you to her for letting us use her butt slappin’ good pictures!

COSTUME CONTEST WINNERS

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Cricket Anomaly won the first hour. Not only was her costume amazing along with Jericho’s but she managed to embrace the role play of it all and stayed on her knees for nearly the entire first hour!

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Hour two went to the lovely Theadee who was the perfect combination of spooky and sexy….spexy!!

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The third hour’s prize went to Erik and Aurri Dragoone who made being green look easy!

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The final hour went to the delightfully demonic MiA (miasachi)!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out in costume to join us, you all were really impressive and made choosing the winners VERY difficult! In case you missed the party, here are a few more shots of the excellent time we had!

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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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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

 

What a year!

happy-new-year-2015Bring on 2015!!

But first we need to bid a fond adieu to 2014. I know it was on hell of a year for me, and I hope that it was equally eventful or uneventful for you, depending on how you like things! Everyone spends time reflecting on what the past year has brought. I am no different. Well, I guess a bit different. I am pretty dang new to the After Dark family, so I have decided that I will do a bit of a retrospective of the past year at After Dark, but I am going to make up the events prior to when I started to actually pay attention to things! All those months I was just a person hanging in the crowd, listening to good tunes and paying zero attention to anything else, yep, I am making up awesomeness for that time!

2014 started off with a bang, literally. How could anyone forget LG accidentally setting off those fireworks inside the club on New Year’s Eve?!? Poor Reknard still has a scar in an unmentionable place! But if you ask him he might mention it! Thankfully all it took was a little sanding and repainting and all evidence of the minor fire was gone! (Hehe…then I reread that an realized it sounds kind of like there was sanding and repainting of Rek.There was not, but I think it is funny so I am leaving it there!)

Then there was the Valentine’s Day fiasco! I am sure that if Cori had known that the Valentine’s cards she was sending out to everyone contained such lewd images and crude language she would have found some that were far, far more lewd and crude. What is Valentine’s without extreme close-ups of naughty parts and word that would make an experienced madam blush?

Oh my God! And the rabbits! Those damn, damn rabbits! If you were not there, let me just tell you, the term “f**king like bunnies” exists for a reason! Dark had the best intentions, he really did! Ivy had always loved rabbits and it seemed like the perfect thing to give her for Easter. What was not so perfect was failing to make sure they were of the same sex and keeping them in the back of the club before the big reveal! Baby rabbits everywhere! So…much…poop!

reproduce-demotivational-poster-1214399916Summer brought warmer weather to After Dark and less clothing too. Especially for Portia! Poor thing! I do not think she will ever wear a bikini top to After Dark again! Either she was bumped or someone wanted to get a closer look at the goods and pulled her strings, but either way, there she stood, dancing away in the middle of the club, welcoming people kindly, and topless as all get out! It was only a matter of minutes before she noticed, but she sure noticed that not a one of the patrons at After Dark bothered to point it out to her. I suppose they were just enjoying the show! On a related note, that night brought in more tips for After Dark than ever!

It seems the patrons of After Dark enjoy a good side show to accompany the awesome music they are grooving to. I know you all remember the night that Meegan could not keep it in the right box and we all got to see a side of her that might have best been kept private. She wanted him to put what where? Honestly I did not even know that was a thing people did until I read it in local chat that night. Not to mention I still don’t see why that would have required her to stand on her head or where that , but hey, who am I to judge? We have all put the wrong words in the wrong box before, but is sure as shit is funny when someone else does it!

David_Buckingham_Super_Freak_5084_395The fake part of the year was pretty amazing, wasn’t it? The fake part had NOTHING on the real fun that was had at After Dark. So much good music, so many silly moments, just all around goodness! I won’t bore you with things you have already read about in the blog, but I will point you in their general direction!
The later part of this year at After Dark brought us:
a celebration of BonBon’s birthday
a nest build-off of epic proportions
a silly new game
two unique nights of Christmas celebrations
and so so much more!

I want to impart a touch of mush here for a second, and since I am writing this, I CAN! This past year in SL has been the best year I have had in my 7 years here. All of that has to do with the people that I have met this past year, including the phenomenal staff at After Dark and the musicians who grace the stage there. Thank you all for, well, everything!

Ok, enough of that crap!

2014 was indeed a kick ass year at After Dark. We would like to thank all of the artists who have grooved and rocked that stage! Another big thank you goes out to all of the people who come out to support the artists and the venue. It gets said a lot, but it is so true, your support is what keeps live music alive in SL. We have a New Year’s gift at the club, made by our own LadyGlory! I hear tell he will fly you home on New Year’s Eve if you have too much to drink!

This Little guy needs a home!!!  He's sooo cute you can't resist and he's FREE!!!!!  He is a After Dark Original  Exclusive and a one time offer . All you need to do is stop in at After Dark between now and  Jan 4th .

This Little guy needs a home!!! He’s sooo cute you can’t resist and he’s FREE!!!!!  He is a After Dark Original Exclusive and a one time offer . All you need to do is stop in at After Dark between now and Jan 4th .

Much love to you all!

~Tyche

Tell Ty Volume 2!

everyone-seems-normal-until-you-get-to-know-themIt is that time again! Time to get to know a bit about the musicians and staff at After Dark through the silly and amazing game of Tell Ty! If you missed the first round, or have just forgot what the heck it is that I am talking about click here!

Max Poster White shirt  _ arms crossed  w_textIf you have never heard of Max Kleene, then you either live under a rock or are insanely new to the SL music scene! Aside from being an amazing showman, Max has the distinction of being the only musician (so far..hint, hint to those who have yet to reply!) to include video evidence with his replies!

1. Tell me something random: I pitched a 7 inning no hitter in Little League.               2. Tell me something you think I should know about you: I juice fruits and vegetables with my Omega Juicer.                                                                                                        3. Tell me something that not everyone knows about you: I carried the Olympic Torch for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics

MAX RUNNING THE FREAKING OLYMPIC TORCH!

Seriously, how freaking cool is that??!?! Personally I kind of wish he had included a video of juicing too, but maybe that is just me.

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LadyGlory GoldShark, or LG, as most of us call her, is next up! She is one of the gracious hostesses at After Dark. You know, the one being all cute and lovey with Rek? Yep, that is her and we love her for it!

1. Tell me something random. Yankee Candle add is calling me COOOME TO THE STORE
2. Tell me something you think I should know about you. i love to cook
3. Tell me something that not everyone know about you. I am over 40 Mwaahhh

Anyone care to guess how much over 40? Somehow I doubt she will give up that info!

I sincerely hope that you all are enjoying this as much as I am! Oh, and a note to those who have not replied yet, I know where you play! (insert evil laugh here)

~Tyche

 

 

Hosting: Not for the faint of heart!

welcome_language_wordcloudYou walk into a venue. A friendly person, that you may or may not have ever met throws you a warm greeting, welcoming you to the venue and making you feel suddenly at home. Those greetings come from the hosts and hostesses of the venues. They greet every single person who enters, they bid a fond farewell to those who say goodbye before they have to poof, and in between all that they manage to keep track of crashers who are returning, throw out “thank yous” for tips and field IMs from those who need help while at the show.

I used to take that warm welcome for granted. USED TO. That is a mistake I will never make again! I made a vague attempt at hosting a few nights ago at After Dark when the regular hostesses for that night were both ill. Meegan asked for the help and I thought, “How hard can it be?”. Several minutes into it I realized just how hard it could be! I was a nervous wreck watching the list, waiting to pounce a hello on anyone new that popped up. I said hello to several people that we well out of range of hearing me. I am also pretty sure that I said hello to a friend who was not even at the venue, but was online. I was a mess!

By the end of the hour that I helped out I was mentally shot! One hour was all it took and I was d-o-n-e! There are nights when the host and hostesses at After Dark work hours on end. Just the thought of that makes my eye all twitchy! How the heck do they keep up with it? Don’t their fingers get tired? When on Earth do they pee?!?!?!

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A dramatic reenactment of me after one hour of attempting to host.

Next time you enter After Dark, or any venue for that matter, and you are greeted with that warm welcome from the host or hostess, take the time to throw a greeting back at them. They work harder than you know to assure that everyone has a great time. Maybe even take a second to drop them a thank you in IM. Let them know that they are appreciated for all the hard work that they do.

Dark, LadyGlory, Portia, I bow down to you for working your butts off! Never, ever, ever again will I take a gracious host or hostess for granted!
~Tyche