How’d you get here? Vol 4!

you are hereWho are you? How did you get here? Where are you going? Why are you going there? Why did you end up here? How does that make you feel? What were you thinking? Where are my pants? FOCUS! I just want the facts!

Of all the questions above, the one I am most concerned about is “How did you get here?”. I am sure that who you are would have a lot of bearing on that, and knowing where one’s pants are is usually a good thing, but I really want the background on what brought you, actually them, unless one of them is reading this, then it would actually be you……sorry, I got a touch sidetracked! Where was I?? Again with the damn questions!

Take two! It is time to find out what brought people we know and love to the Secondlife music scene. How they discovered that such a wild and wonderful thing existed in the corner of virtual reality that we call home. This volume will feature a mix of all types that we see at After Dark. The musician, the live music fan, the venue hostess and the musician’s manager! You can catch up on previous volumes here, here and here! But I am more than certain that you wait for each new blog post with baited breath and have already read them several times….right?

HOW Sassy Nitely GOT HERE!

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“My first SL live music experience was around January or February of 2008. I had no idea live music was a part of SL until my friend Billy (knowing I was a musician) asked me if I’d like to go listen to a live performance. Billy was a huge Lyndon Heart and Grace McDunnough fan, so he planned to take me to their concert at the Freudian Slip. Just as I rezzed in, I turned on the land media to hear Lyndon and my SL was changed forever. A couple months later, I started performing in SL myself. Fast-forward to the present, I am great friends with Lyndon and even cover one of his singles from his Strangeheart album. I have told that story many times and each time I tell it, a bit of nostalgia sneaks in. Those were good times.”

HOW daallee GOT HERE!

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 “My first time at a live show in SL was at The Merry Pranksters.    I had met a now good friend shopping and during our conversation she told me about this crazy musician Mason Thorne. I wasn’t aware that there was live music in SL and  made sure to find his next show . Mason is a hoot and a fun hour of entertainment. I not only found live music that night I met an awesome group of people who have become like family to me.  I have been a big supporter of live music in SL since then.  Live music and the awesome people I have met through it keep me logging in. :)”

HOW Lace Somerset (whiteprincess1) GOT HERE!

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     I didn’t have a pic so I got creative!

“I so wish I could remember my very first time hearing Live Music…. as it now means so much to me. I love that we can share this in SL. It is fabulous. My earliest venue that I can remember is at Kickin. I woke one night and logged on. I ended up hearing Kealoha sing and was drawn in to the reality of it all. This was a real guy sharing real things right now! And so began my love of Live Music in SL :)”

HOW PortiaRed GOT HERE!

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 “I was using the Firestorm Event Search looking for some shops or something fun to do  Listed in the events was some venue having a live music tribute to the Rolling Stones..Like a newbie, my friend and I started laughing  amongst ourselves making dumb little “Virtual” jokes about “Live” music in Secondlife.  Anyway another month or two passed when a person I had met through a friend im’d me asking if I would like to join her and a friend to listen to some music  The venue had “actual” live music streaming into sl and it was super fun…… pssst the person who invited me was Meegan!  so now i am laughing while i write this.. I guess my First time was with Meegan… hahaha”

In addition to her reply to the burning question I had asked, Portia included a line in the notecard telling me that I should be looking for a gift that she had to get me because it was so me. Bribing the bloggess is normally frowned upon, but Portia knows me and dammit did she ever nail the gift! This is my thank you to Portia since she sent me the gift in NOVEMBER when she replied and I only just now saw that line in the notecard! I have taken the liberty of editing the photo of the gift to make it more “blog friendly” but you will get the idea! Thank you so much Portia!

♥ Ty

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May we?

The month of May is encroaching upon us. May brings many things with it, and with those things come many a “humorous” meme. Such as:

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May First

 

 

 

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May Fourth

 

 

 

 

Both of the dates above will have your Facebook feeds crammed so full of memes you will wonder if anyone is doing anything on that date other than looking for “funny” memes. Just so you know, chances are they are not.

There are also several legitimate holidays that take place in May. The day for honoring your mother, also known as “Mother’s Day” is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. While Mother’s Day is a legitimate holiday, it also inspires some amusing memes and I just feel like I have to share this one:

mothers dayMemorial Day is also celebrated in May, on the last May of the month. Memorial Day is the day that we honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States military. You thought it was just the day public pools opened and great sales were held? Sorry Charlie, but you just learned something.

I know you are asking yourself “Self, what the hell does all of this have to do with After Dark Lounge and why does Tyche seem to be giving us a run down of holidays?”. You might have noticed that there is a holiday missing from the listing above. A very special day that has inspired me to write a little ditty…..not so much write as butcher a classic holiday song for your enjoyment!

Just hear those maracas shakin,
and booties quaking too
Come on, it’s lovely weather
For a margarita together with you
Outside the sun is shinin’
And friends are calling “Ándale arriba”,
Come on, it’s lovely weather
For mucho tequila together with you.
Drink ’em up, drink ’em up, drink ’em up
Let’s go, Drink faster not slow
We’re drinking at a sweet live music show
Drink ’em up, drink ’em up, drink ’em up
It’s grand, two drinks in my hand
We’re singing along with a song
In a tequila hazed drunken land
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Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching! Get your sombreros and maracas ready because we are planning a party! Thursday May 5th we will be pouring the tequila and celebrating a Mexican holiday as only silly Americans can! (For those of you that were enjoying the history lesson I will lay a bit more on you. Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day. Newp. You have done been told wrong, It is a celebration of the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.)
Join us on May 5th starting at 7pm when Sassy Nitely takes the stage and kicks off the party! Plan on staying with us for the next 4 hours as we welcome Stephanniyah Sinatra, FrankLee Anatra and Grif Bamaisin! Wear your best “Mexican” wear! There will be a 500$L prize each hour for the best dressed in the theme! We will provide the tequila, piñata, and the amazing tunes, you just bring your wonderful selves!

Ty’s Choice Awards 2016!!

Disclaimer:
This is not meant to belittle the Avi Choice Awards. Like everything else that I write, this is written in the spirit of silliness and fun!

TCALadies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Children of all ages!

Oh wait….wrong pomp for the circumstance!

**DRUMROLL**

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

Thank you disembodied booming voice! Welcome everyone to the second annual Ty’s Choice Awards! Can you believe it has already been a year? Can you believe that I have been permitted by management to host again this year?!?

Speaking of management, we are thrilled to have the marvelous Meegan Danitz in attendance this year, Following last year’s series of “wardrobe malfunctions” she has decided to make sure that nothing of that nature will occur this year. I am sure you all got a good look at her on the red carpet, I honestly did not know that someone could look so stunning in a full length mumu! mumumeegan

Ahhh……Ty’s Choice….MY Choice…the only award that is given completely arbitrarily based on the opinion of one person, There is not panel of judges, there is no selection committee, there is just me and whatever strikes my fancy! It happens to be my most favorite awards show of the year, and I hope it is in at least your top ten!

But I digress! Some of the awards require a bit of explanation this year, Why you ask? Because I happen to like catchy names and when one fits and makes sense in my head I realize that it might not make so much sense to everyone else. If they do immediately make sense to you, you might want to seek professional help! Oh! And for those of you who are paying attention, you might have noticed that the award itself has changed this year. I certainly think it is a better representation of the award’s namesake!

On with the show!

As was the format last year, I will not be boring you with long-winded attempts at making you laugh or over produced musical numbers. We are here to find out who won!  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, in public and get strange looks from people around you!

winnerThe Bipolar Set Award (Best at taking you from laughing to tearing up in the matter of a song.) : SaraMarie Philly

The “Caution! Wet Floor!” Award (Because sometimes that voice requires the use of added safety measures!): Twinghost Ronas

The G-String Award (Most likely to play wearing nothing but a G-string!): Grif Bamaisin

Biggest Tip (Jar!): Sassy Nitely

The Sharing the “Love” Award (Given for the silliest/dirtiest/funniest “love” song dedications.): Vinnie “The Vinnie Show”

Loopiest: obeloinkment.wrigglesworth

The “SURPRISE!” Award (Most likely to refuse to play a song for over a year then whip it out (the song you perverts!) for someone’s birthday): PT Beardmore

The “Lost in Space” Award (Most likely to get on a tangent and lose track of time): Funkyfreddy Republic

The In Absentia Award (Most Likely to Play While Crashed) : Lyndon Heart

The Snuggle Humper (Most Likely to Elicit Snuggle Humps From Meegan): Roxy Paradox

The “Nothing is Safe” Award (Most Likely to Read IM’s aloud during her set): Rara Destiny

Best Growl (Yes, this IS a repeat of last year, but c’mon, that growl is flipping amazing!): Joel Eilde (Red Heaven)

The Phan-Phucking-Tastic Award: Phemie Alcott

Most Rock Star Sounding Name: Steely Decosta

The “Talk Dirty to Me” Award (Most Likely to Elicit Naughty Talk in Local During Their Set): Ren and Quai

The Luxurious Locks Award (In both SL and RL) Voodoo Shilton

Most Diverse Song List: Maximillion Kleene

The Benefactor Award (For his work with Homes for Veterans) Frets Nirvana

Most Zealous Fans (I am looking at you, Bean!) Stephanniyah Sinatra

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to After Dark Lounge’s very own Meegan Danitz. Her passion for music and artistry is what keeps the lights on and brings all of these amazing artists to the stage.

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Let’s hear a round of applause for all of our winners! Remember, there are not losers at After Dark Lounge…..well, there was that one guy that one time, but that is what the “block” feature is for!

The after party is calling and the booze is flowing. I must apologize for the lack of red carpet pictures this year. It came down to hire a photographer or have an open bar and I think that we can all agree which if the more important of the two!

Much love and many congratulations!

~Ty

It is an honor just to be nominated…..

……but it would be total kick ass to win!

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Unfortunately, this award is not one of the Avi Choice award categories!

The crew at After Dark is honored and humbled to announce that the club has received not one, but TWO nominations for the Avi Choice Awards! Not only that, but our amazing owner, her royal fierceness, Miss Meegan Danitz has been nominated as well!

After Dark is nominated for Favorite Stage or Theater Set Design, because, let’s face it, the place is gorgeous, warm, inviting and the perfect setting for spending an evening listening to your favorite live music! The venue is also up for Favorite Venue, Sr (in operation more than a year). Are they calling After Dark old? Heck yes it has been around (Not “around the block”, c’mon people! This is serious biness!) and in a place where live venues come and go it really is a great honor to be among those that have stood the test of time!

The lovely and talented Miss Meegan Danitz is nominated for Favorite Dance Choreographer. She very modestly claims that she does not belong in that category, but if you have ever seen her perform on the stage, you know that she most definitely does!

We are also pleased to announce that several of our regular performers have been nominated as well!

Max Kleene: Favorite Acoustic Singer, Favorite Rock Singer, Favorite Pop Singer, Favorite Male Performer

Sassy Nitely: Favorite Acoustic Singer, Favorite Female Performer

Vinnie (Acoustic Rhapsody): Favorite Acoustic Singer, Favorite Rock Singer, Favorite Pop Singer, Favorite Original Songs Artist, Favorite Instrumentalist

Joel Eilde: Favorite Rock Singer

Voodoo Shilton: Favorite Jazz Artist/Musician, Favorite Instrumentalist, Favorite Instruments or Performance Equipment Builder

SaraMarie Philly: Favorite Singer in Standards, Classical or Ballads

Twinghost Ronas: Favorite Original Songs Artist

Congratulations to you all and we wish you the best of luck!

votenowA million thanks to those who took the time to nominate! Now, one last thing………. VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

There are a lot of great nominees in a lot of great categories and it only take a few clicks to cast you vote!

You can cast your votes HERE!

 

 

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

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!

 

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

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

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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!