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!

fairy tale

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.

happily ever after

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.

Idle Dark? After Rogue? Either way, it’s hot!

movingVagueness be damned! It is time to let the world know that After Dark is moving! No longer will your favorite music venue be located at Rhi’s Poem on the Mai Tai sim.

After Dark April 7 2015 2The After Dark Lounge will be making the move to Idle Rogue, a beautiful sim that nurtures artistic expression, creativity and general bad-assery, and is home to Guerilla Burlesque and Arrehn Oberlander’s Metaharper Interactive Stages. For those who are not in the know, according to the Idle Rogue website The Metaharper Interactive Stages are a “‘push-button’ interactive experience. Professional dancers have taken some of their best-loved works and made them accessible to everyone.”

irAs many of you are aware, Guerilla Burlesque and Meegan Danitz go together like vodka and tonic. There are two things that Meegan loves most about life on the grid, the live music scene and Guerilla Burlesque. In her own words,  “When I came to SL all I ever wanted to do was dance with people.” Thankfully, she discovered the music scene and fell in love with it as well!  GB at AD-2

“The more that I got to know Cherry over the last couple of years, the more I admired how she did things and realized we shared the same philosophies on running our venues. It is just a perfect fit.” -Meegan Danitz

This coming Sunday night will be After Dark’s last night on the Mai Tai sim and we are planning a little something special for the occasion! Wear your moving clothes and come “help us move”, we will provide the pizza and beer!

Thank you to Imrhien Fargis for the awesome group dance photos!

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

The Quagga

                                            The Quagga

The Koala Lemur

                      The Koala Lemur

The Saber Tooth Tiger

              The Saber Tooth Tiger

The Dodo

                             The Dodo

What do all of these animals have in common?

Yep, they are all extinct.

Now I am sure you are thinking to yourself, “What the crap is Ty doing? I thought this was a blog about After Dark and the SL music scene!” You are right! This is about After Dark!

Worry not! After Dark is not facing extinction! There are a lot of fun and exciting changes coming in the near future though. The first of those changes being that the Rhi’s Poem group will be going the way of the animals pictured above. Extinct. Vanished. Kaput! Those of you who follow us on Facebook may have already noticed the name change there.

There is a new, improved and completely kick-butt group that is taking the place of the Rhi’s Poem group. After Dark Lounge is the group that will be taking the place of Rhi’s Poem. The new group already exists and if you would like to keep up with all of the super coolness that takes place at After Dark you can switch groups. You don’t want to be left in the dust!

There will be more announcements and more vague blog posts to come as the time for a change is quickly approaching!

~Ty

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!

LG and Rek RBD

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!

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!

Benefit crowd 1

                                              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

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                                           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

The Origin of Fierce!

 

Fierce1Snapshot _ After Dark_Rhi's Poem, Mai Tai (78, 82, 3573) - ModeAm I mildly obsessed with Meegan’s ass? So what if I am!?!?! Take a good look at it and you will be hooked too. Even Meegan cannot stop looking at her own posterior. She has been know to derender those who block her view of her glorious backside. There is a story behind my obsession. Like to hear it? Here it goes!80's ass

 

Late one evening, far later than this perpetual night owl is normally around, I received a message that PT Beardmore was going to play an impromptu show…..so off I went to jam out to some good tunes. As I was standing there, checking out the place the place, Meegan teleports in, landing directly in front of me. I knew her, but did not know her well at this point. She was fresh from working on her Guerilla Burlesque act and still in costume. I could still hear the music, but my view of the stage was blocked by her barely clad bottom! This might have bothered me had it been a lack luster gluteus, but it was not. It was FIERCE!

Being as I am a mouthy creature and have a hard time keeping things to myself, I simply had to say something.

“Hey Meegan! That ass is fierce!”

And so it was said!

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Beardy took notice of the local chat and declared that just once he wanted to be on stage and have someone say “Yo PT! Dat ass is fierce!” (Yes, he took a few liberties with the original statement, but he is an artist, they do such things. And yes, it had since been shouted at him during a show.) The rest of the show was peppered with statements about Meegan’s fierce ass and fierce ass in general. Thus began the reign of Meegan’s Fierce Ass and of my mild(ish) obsession with it.

Oddly enough, that night was also the beginning of my friendship with Meegan…..coincidence? I doubt it!

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!

 

Birthday decor 3

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

 

Tell Ty Volume 3!

everyone-seems-normal-until-you-get-to-know-themWhat time is it?!?! That’s right! It is time for another installment of Tell Ty, the funny little game we like to play to get to know the After Dark dwellers a bit more! If you are new to the blog you can learn about the game here and find volume 2 here!

Mr. Voodoo Shilton

                                                  Mr. Voodoo Shilton

This installment of Tell Ty begins with the incomparable Mr. Voodoo Shilton, mostly because Meegan and I were hounding him to get his replies, so they should darn well be used right away! Voodoo writes and plays music heavily influenced by world music and incorporates loads of different instruments. He also happens to be one of, if not the smartest person I have encountered in SL. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, he builds a mean nest!

1. Tell me something random.
If you are riding a camel for the first time, it’s really important that you lean back after getting on, then lean forward again once it’s standing.

2. Tell me something you think I should know about you.
My first guitar teacher was my mother… my first guitar a nylon stringed guitar, though for years i played electric and acoustic guitar and only came back to my first love in college. It’s true you always come back home after roaming!

3. Tell me something that not everyone know about you.
I studied south indian classical music in college and for years played as a duo with my best friend on tabla. Our duo was called “Lazy Half Lotus” and we stopped when he had kids and stuff and didn’t have time anymore. I played guitar but with a special open tuning and we played many traditional ragas etc.

You have been picturing Voodoo on a camel since you read the first response, haven’t you?

Oblee

                                                    Oblee

Oblee or Obeloinkment Wrigglesworth as almost no one calls him because Oblee is so much easier to say, is a master of loopage. Playing a metric butt load of instruments and working the magic of the looper like nobody’s business. Oblee recently released his album, as seen above, entitled Wow, Bob, Wow.

1. Tell me something random.
Mushrooms are not actually the “body” of the organism, they’re merely the “fruit” of the mycelium, which is often spread over a large area. 

2. Tell me something you think I should know about you.
I hug trees, very literally. 

3. Tell me something that not everyone know about you.
I spent most of my 20s as a ski instructor and had little time for music

If Oblee hugs a tree, and he is a wooden puppet in SL, is that wood on wood love? I think it is and I think it is awesome!

Mr. Dark Phaeton

                                                       Mr. Dark Phaeton

And last, but certainly not least we have Mr. Dark Phaeton. Dark is one of the amazing hosts at After Dark. Dark is a man of few words except when it comes to greeting those who enter the club, in which case he is quick with a hello and a welcome!

1. Tell me something random. i like pizza
2. Tell me something you think I should know about you. black is my fav color
3. Tell me something that not everyone know about you. i love working on cars

Who would have guessed that black was Dark’s favorite color? It is not like he wears it ever!

And there you have it! Another installment of Tell Ty is in the books! Don’t you worry, I still have plenty more artists to feature and plenty more to hound for responses!

~Tyche