Happy New Year!

New year crowdAs the holidays draw to a close and the start of a new year is just around the corner, we at After Dark Lounge would like to take a moment to thank everyone for making this past year a wonderful success!

To the musicians who grace our stage:

You keep the crowds coming! We are completely spoiled with the amount of good music and song writing that we have at our fingertips in SecondLife. We thank you for choosing to share your talents on the After Dark Lounge stage! We are both proud to offer the best talent on the grid and humbled that you all chose to play on our stage!

To our audiences:

Not to sound too braggy, but we have some of the absolute best audiences in all of SecondLife! Friendly, chatty, damn good looking, just all around great people! The fact that you keep coming back tells us that we are doing something right! With so much musical talent available at the click of a mouse, we are grateful that you choose to spend your time with us. Thank you all for your continued support, your fantastic tips and your pretty/handsome faces!

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Thank you seems so inadequate, as all of you, musicians, regulars, friends, newcomers, have made After Dark Lounge what it is and keep it going!

Have a safe and happy New Year!

~ The After Dark Lounge Crew

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!

11 Liz

                                                                        Liz Aday

10 Taunter

                                                Taunter Goodnight

09 Freddy

                                                             FunkyFreddy

08 Max_Freddy

                                            Max Kleene and FunkyFreddy

12 Joel_Loreen

                                                  Joel Eilde and Loreen Legion

06 Lyndon

                                                             Lyndon Heart

14 TheFollow

                                                                   The Follow

07 Zak

                                                                  Zak Claxton

02 Voodoo

                                                              Voodoo Shilton

05 Suzen

                                                              Suzen Juel

04 Bat

                                                             Bat Masters

03 Moon

                                                               Moon Spark

01 Sassy

                                                              Sassy Nitely

Porter Benefit

                                                             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!

Porter Red Carpet

Porter Paquot

Voo Red Carpet

Voodoo Shilton

joel red carpet

                                           Joel Eidle

Rek and LG

LadyGlory and Raknard

Ty Red Carpet

                                                          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!

Ty Throne

 

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!

Birthday Ty_Voo_.Loreen Ladylike

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!

 

 

Birthday Ty_Fred

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!

 

Snapshot _ After Dark_Rhi's Poem, Mai Tai (81, 82, 3573) - Mode

 

 

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