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Anek Fuchs at Open Mic_001

Open Mic Night @ The Slow Rezz Cafe

Location: Athena Isle (203,179,23)

The Slow Rezz Cafe presents Open Mic Nights on Tuesdays starting this week! Try out those new songs and/or gain some exposure. Not performing? Show up and enjoy live music by the shore.

This is a brand new venue – a small and cozy coffee house – a comfy atmosphere with pillows on the floor, a fireplace and the soothing sound of waves in the background.

This Week’s Schedule:
7:00 pm – OPEN
7:30 pm – Anek Fuchs
8:00 pm – Ceedj Beaumont
8:30 pm – Quinton Whitman

That open spot at 7pm SLT was taken by a performer named Naga Flow, who was making only his second appearance ever playing music (sounded like originals, but I arrived late). So far, I’ve heard his short set, now followed by Anek Fuchs. Both great rock-singer type male voices, good guitar work. Some technical glitches, and the kinds of problems that better streaming equipment as they progress will correct.

But musically, really accomplished stuff, whether covers (with very original treatments, so far) or their own songs.

The venue is a pleasant, homey little coffeehouse on the waterside, and everyone is “sitting” on cushions and oriental carpets. When I arrived, someone was running a particle animation, and hundreds of little green 5-lobed leaves were drifting in the air, along with virtual smoke. Jokes about “not inhaling” were made by yours truly and others.

In Second Life, you don’t have to breathe unless you’re animated. Kind of bass-ackwards from First Life.

This seems like a great place to work out the kinks before going out on the SL live music circuit, which goes pretty much every night of the week, with some popular performers going from gig to gig every hour or 90 minutes, most of the afternoon and into the night. They survive on tips, mostly… and with SL currency being the pittance it is against the US Dollar, they’re probably not clearing gas money… but they don’t need gas to get from gig to gig, dig?

Earlier tonight I was at another really nice venue at a place called Cascadia Harmonics (SLurl, direct link to location in Second Life). It was part of a sim that’s like a state park out on an island. Very pretty area, very into putting on live music and spoken word/poetry events. I’ll definitely return there – I heard the last couple of songs of Ray Weyland’s set, a performer who’s been around long enough in RL that he doesn’t need to put on a big muscled male AV and sport dreadlocks; he played 12 string guitar, sang standards, and had the audacity to be bald. And slightly built. Very gracious performer, too – there were only about 6 people there, and he played as if it was a concert venue full of hundreds. I look forward to returning there again. And this place, too.

Second Life isn’t just shopping and sex and camping for $Lindens… it’s about music and art and dance and theater, too. And I’m interested in experiencing as much of it as possible.

Next up, a performer that is somehow lagged so badly that his voice sounds like Darth Vader on Prozac. Oh, dear, he’s singing and playing and… it’s Take it Easy by the Eagles…

This is excrutiating, poor man. Or, it could be a woman.

OH! Problem solved. All I had to do was turn the media stream on and off. It happens in the opposite way when I hear a speaker at the Virtual Anglican Cathedral – it must be a function of the various ways media connect to Second Life. Sometimes our vicar preaches like a very earnest Christian chipmunk.

Anyway, we’re now on the right track for this performer, Ceedj Beaumont. And we’re off for the next part of the evening’s entertainment. So far, he seems to be doing folk-rock standards; next song is Supertramp’s “Give a Little Bit.”

Now Playing: davecorbett Darwin at the Minor Fall Coffee Shop

Concert Schedule
davecorbett Darwin_001

Minor Fall Coffee Shop This is one of Dave’s favorite venues. A great place to meet

friends and make friends. Check out the whole sim. You’ll find

all sorts of hidden treasures. Orb Thursday has done an

amazing job in the creation of this SIM. Dave plays at Minor

Fall every Sunday at 11 am slt.

davecorbett seems like a really engaging performer – he’s only played one song but is already an engaging artist. He’s involved with a big Amnesty International fundraiser.

I’m over to the right, in the purple hair. This kind of concert photography doesn’t mess with the performer or disrupt the concert. I like that – it’s not possible in real life. Technorati Tags:

More Live Music Plz

I spend a lot of time on Second Life looking for and listening to live music… sometimes that’s all I’m really interested in doing. I’m listening to a performer now called Niko Donburi, who’s billed as “The Weird Al of Second Life.” Pretty good stuff, actually.

UPDATE: using a new gadget called “ScribeFire.” It’s pretty nifty and light for use on a computer where I don’t have a third-party editor for my various blogs.

UPDATE II: Live music radio from Second Life: SL Live Radio

Niko Donburi’s website here. And he has very good taste in design at his blog here

UPDATE III: this gadget is really, really awesome. I’ll continue playing with it and perhaps use it for other blogs.

O Hai U Liek Mai Nu Lookz?

I had been away from Second Look for almost two months, and in the meantime it done upgraded itself beyond the capabilities of my laptop. I’m now in the process of getting a desktop system set up, as my partner Rock Fall and I have a collection of computer parts down in his lair.

So far, my new system is VERY barebones made up of stuff lying around unused, and I seem to be very short of memory, so we’re waiting for that to arrive via shipment. It may be that I have to crack loose with the ducats for a brand new barebones system. I enjoy socializing online and I’ve missed hanging out chatting and indulging my passion for quality freebies.

Tonight’s look was found at OnREZ – kimono by HIPPO with the sword from A+U Creations’ adorable Tiny Samurai Outfit.

The Siamese kitty is of course by So very kawai desu, neh? So funny watching myself whirl around on my head to the music, using a Tiny Critters dance gadget.

The larger issue (ironic in a post about being a tiny for a while) is…. why?

Because it’s fun to be able to be anything I want, look the way I want. I don’t really have a lot of options in RL: I’m just not interested in struggling with clothes that don’t fit or flatter, or wearing makeup that might get in my eyes and bug me. And don’t get me started about shoes and boots that don’t feet or feel comfortable.

In Second Life, anything is possible – whimsy, satire, beauty, art, and more – in the way you choose to look.

My new look as a tiny. It was "Historical Costumes Night" at Grizzy’s and I got bored being all glamorous in a Boleyn gown. I also attended a masked ball in this outfit – have mask, will party!

Bobbo Gets Ruthed

Only 20 minutes or so into our exploration of Etopia… or maybe this is the Garden of Apollo…. Bobbo had a little Ruth problem. I told him he now had a decent shot at getting virtually laid but he might not like it.

I would like to take this opportunity to say that I personally think cybersex is not a good idea unless your level of trust is grounded in RL togetherness. But here again, Bobbo is a special case.

Embodiment of Spam_001

This spamvertising chick really got on my last nerve. I was at NCI Kuula the other night watching an "Oldbies Build" contest, which had a theme of "Games." It was really starting to get interesting, as the contestant on the right hand had constructed one of those tube-and-bead toys, and there was a chess set going on the other side, and behind me someone had constructed a DDR machine that light up when you stepped on the pads (the eventual winner).

The host had donned a Space Invaders avatar for the occasion, and kept having to request that this Gor slave girl chick stop advertising… she had a white title script that said "Click me for $L!!" that doesn’t show in the photo.

Also, the "silks" were badly fitted and stood out too far from her skinny-ass shape, so that you could see EVERYTHING, or you could have if she’d bothered to pay for a "curtains and carpet" skin.

Several of us mentioned that "clothes would be nice." This was too subtle (there’s a no nudity policy at NCI). When I was trying to get her profile, I was annoyed that it invoked the script that popped up a "FREE LINDENS" dialog box that offered to open a website. I kept cancelling. The annoying thing was that she got a notice of whoever clicked on her and she triumphantly announced this as a reason she should be allowed to stay. I replied "No, I just wanted to know why somebody would want to be the embodiment of spam."

People kept jeering at her to put some clothes on and sit down, and the host must have said something privately, because she took off… straight up.

Whatever. It was just so stupid. The "free lindens!!!!" websites are kind of creepy, actually, and I got bored with them (and their endless promises of just one more page until payout). And of course now I get tons of spam because I filled out a couple of surveys before I wised up. This is why this sort of spamvertising is banned from a newbie-welcoming place such as NCI.


I have no idea why I took this perspective shot; I was fiddling with the camera and liked the drama of the guy in black standing up on the sarsen, gazing down like a dark angel.

And then a couple of seconds later, his computer crashed and he slumped over.


Here I am, chillin’ at Stonehenge in sneakers and jeans, while a musician name Quinton performs, and his biggest fan dances beautifully in midair.

Note the be-buckeled and be-booted woman to my left, who looks like she came direct from the Bad Fashion Show. I was feeling bad about being a little casually dressed – after all, it’s a house of worship to the large community of SL Druids that I inferred from the size and condition of the henge. But then I decided it was a beach resort as well, and I could have been wearing a bathing suit and towel if I wanted.

The music was pretty good; Quinton was a West Virginian, still getting used to the technique of online performance, but his guitar work was amazing.

Johnny99Miso’s Webcast

Darn, I didn’t note the name of the club this was at. JohnnyMiso99 performed a one-man blues-rock show that was also simulcast to a website, so that people that weren’t residents of Second Life could watch the show. Music was good, I danced, and eventually I wandered off somewhere, but first I had to get a shot of yet another insanely detailed guitar.

The Bob Marley One Love T-shirt was also nicely done.