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Sunday, January 29, 2023

Let's Shake it Up @ AudioHouse Monday & Thursday!

 


♬ ♩ ♭ ♪♬ ♩ ♭ ♪♬ ♩ ♭ ♪♬ ♩ ♭ ♪♬ ♩ ♭ ♪♬ ♩ ♭ ♪ AudioHouse presents >> Raven Zenoria is our only Female American Returning team member. Her voice is smooth, sexy, and teasing, she is entertaining, in for a laugh and it will be a surprise what she will sing next for you. I think it's a miss if you have yet to hear her... This week you can find her Monday at AudioHouse :) Monday 30 Jan >> 12pm: David Rhangel 1pm: Kai Rush 2pm: Joshua Vox 3pm: Raven Zenoria 4pm: Loopman Blep Thursday 2 Feb >> 2pm: Veto Rubas 3pm: Germmano 4pm: Ivy Fadel 5pm: Mr. J Of course, you can check their calendars or FBs to check where else you can find them! We hope to see you somewhere this week at one of their shows, Come Listen, have fun, Enjoy most of all, Let's keep Live Music Alive for old and young Greetz Team AudioHouse (Schedule could change due to RL) AudioHouse LM: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Stormy%20Coven/174/22/22 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/audiohousesl




Saturday, January 28, 2023

LIVE MUSICIAN EVENT: Maximillion Kleene at MCX- January 29th at 7pm SLT!

 


LIVE CONCERT WITH MAXIMILLION KLEENE - January 29th at 7pm!. Come to the MCX Main store Live Venue located at the top of the world for an intimate setting with Max Kleene singing all the greatest covers. He takes song requests and performs what you like to hear.



Friday, January 27, 2023

GeekSpeak – The City of 2050! What will it be like? Join the discussion Saturday Jan 28th at 12pm SLT


 


What will the cities of the future look like?  Flying drones everywhere?  Tunnels underground?  A dome over every city?

Will the cities of 2050 be filled with green plants and open spaces?  Or will they be made of tightly packed cubicles?

Will the streets be full of rubbish, or will bots clean it all up?  Will there still be cars on the streets?  Or will we see moving walkways everywhere?  Will there be buildings 1000 floors high, or perhaps 1000 floors deep? And vertical gardens and farms?

Would you like to live in any of these possible future cities?  Please join us in GeekSpeak on Saturday at noon SLT to talk about your future, if you are city dwellers.

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14th, 2023 @ 6pm slt - Purple Passion Gala

 


Till the season of love on Valentine's day with the Purple Passion Gala at The Pharmacy Speakeasy and Swing Music Club. Starts at 6pm slt with our lovely queen of electro swing Dj Jewell as she brings the passion & heat blend of swing tunes for you to enjoy. Plenty of that awesome moonshine to go around as we dance the night away plus our famous bingo game which you could have a chance to win lindens. Its semi-formal is recommended and of course, purple is the color. So come on down bring your lover, your friends, or anyone who wants to enjoy a night with great music and a whole lot of fun at The Pharmacy Speakeasy and Swing Music club.

Start with great music, add a few friends, mix in some good conversation and you're in for a night of fun at The Pharmacy Speakeasy Swing Music Club! Now open two nights a week - Tuesdays and Saturdays from 6pm - 8pm SLT. Vintage clothing from the 1930s-1940s is recommended but not required. Contact: Pet (pet.pinklady) Public Landmark: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nova%20Coast/230/198/22 Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/groups/269516024133386

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- February 4th - Amberle, Tally Mercury, and Semina LIVE at Flyte for Ninja's Birthday!



It's that time of year again! Join us at Flyte for a very special event on Saturday, February 4th beginning at 12 pm SLT to celebrate Ninja's real-life birthday with THREE fun-filled hours of live music from some of the hottest entertainers on the grid!  We'll be partying in the Aviary overlooking the beautifully designed Flyte sim, so be prepared to take plenty of pictures and get there early!

Kicking things off at 12 noon is none other than Amberle Janniah!!  A singer/songwriter/musician from the Philippines, Amberle grew up with several influences that are rooted deep within her family's deep ties to structured church music combined with her mom's pop/power ballad techniques and her dad's more playful rock/jazz approach to performances.

Amberle knew from early on that music was one of the things that would always make sense, so each and every melody sung from her formative years to the present would impact her song choices that span from the 80's to the present (and a few handpicked original songs thrown in the mix). Intent on initially focusing on acoustic performances, she has added tracks to her arsenal, choosing to lean into a wider array of sounds and styles to convey a wider range of emotions and topics.

With her ever-growing enthusiasm for guitar, vocals, and deft arrangements, Amberle will give you a deeper sense of a raw, stripped-down musical experience.

Up next at 1 pm SLT,  get ready for more fantastic entertainment with a special LIVE performance from Tally Mercury (formerly Tallyesin), a singer/songwriter performing acoustic shows in SL since 2011. He has a 20-year history as a performer meandering through the UK and abroad.

Tally is a storyteller with a sound that is both soothing and powerful. He does a wide range of songs that span genre and time. Some of his choices are recognizable and some will be songs you've not heard before but all are guaranteed to be memorable.

From the Beatles to Adele, Coldplay to Bastille, Tally has a distinct style that keeps bringing people back.  

Last but certainly not least, our party continues with another spectacular performance from the lovely Semina! Born and raised on the south coast of Sweden, she is a talented singer-songwriter who has traveled the world playing her music at clubs, festivals, living rooms, and theaters around Scandinavia, Europe, UK, and USA.

With a playful way of mixing genres and a voice that could mend a broken heart, SEMINA now comes to entertain in Second Life with covers from well-known artists.

Come celebrate Ninja's birthday with friends, laughter, and a whole lot of fun...and don't forget to stick around after the party and explore the beautifully designed Flyte sim!  Home to Flygearz, one of the most popular interactive dance experiences in SL, you'll discover a new world containing sights you've never seen before, including a few "hidden" gems you can only find by exploring the outer reaches of the sim!  See you there!

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What is FlyGearz you ask? First and foremost, we are a group of like-minded, carefree dance-oriented, party peeps! Award-winning choreographer, Jenna Dirval will have you dancing in the aisles and in sync with great music through memorable themed interactive events, many of which are held at the breathtaking Flyte sim. Costumes are encouraged but never required!

PUBLIC LANDMARK:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/FlyGearZ/190/120/78

VENUE SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/FlyGearzEntertainment/

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https://www.facebook.com/TheSLEnquirer/

https://twitter.com/LanaiJarrico/
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CONTACT:
Ninja, SLE Events Coordinator (ninjaantwoord resident)

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Performer Websites:

Amberle Janniah - https://www.facebook.com/50ShadesofAmber

Tally Mercury - https://www.facebook.com/tallymercurysl

Semina - https://www.facebook.com/semiiiiina

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Now Or Never is OUT! Machinima Film

 


"Now or Never". Machinima film about the environmental disaster that is happening on Earth, and the need to save the planet. Produced by international theatre company Officina dei Sogni. Filmed in Secondlife in Officina dei Sogni Sim. With: Abby Rose, Alex Cat, Ambra Starlet, Clarissa, Epona Exonar, Essence Aries, Jophiiel Becker, Lola Nippo, luismi Edring, Lyra Breil, Marusya Akina, Morticia1069, Musa inFabula, OdetteBK, Sitlan Breil, Virginia Stella, Zee Zee Subject, scenes, and editing: Alex Cat Director: Virginia Stella Published in FULL HD at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xJXddVTFII

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: - SL Enquirer OPEN AUDITIONS!! February 3rd 8-10 pm SLT


Attention LIVE performers! Think you have what it takes to be a star? Join us on Friday, February 3 at the SLE Media Center starting at 8pm SLT and take advantage of this rare opportunity to showcase your talents to the SL world!

Open to both well-known performers and new performers alike, expect the unexpected as we bring you this exclusive, highly publicized event! Three songs, then pass the mic...participants will be provided access to additional opportunities based on creativity, raw talent, and audience engagement. You could even score yourself a coveted spotlight feature in the SL Enquirer and much, much more! Venue owners and management welcome!

Also, a special thank you to all who helped make our last SLE Open Auditions held on January 6th a tremendous success: SM2, ŤÃßØØ ℛℇIĞℕ, LoopMan Blep, spiritLed, Etherian Kamaboko, and Urban Harvy.  We encourage our readers to stop and give these extremely talented people a listen if you see them performing around the grid...you WON'T be disappointed!

Open Auditions will be held the first Friday of every month from 8 - 10pm SLT (or until)

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With over 17 years of experience reporting virtual world news and participating in numerous charities, events, and sponsorships across the grid, the SL Enquirer is the longest-running media source in SL. We love working with our fans!

Contact: Ninja, SLE Events Coordinator (ninjaantwoord resident)

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http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akamai/214/23/22

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

FEEL THE BURN IN SECONDLIFE - BURN2: WINTER BURN – JOSH (THOMAS1 BELLIC) REPORTING



“Burning Man” is an annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, USA. It is a week-long gathering of people who come together to create a temporary community based on the principles of self-expression, self-reliance, and community cooperation. The event features large-scale art installations, performances, and theme camps, and culminates with the burning of a large wooden effigy, from which the event takes its name.

Today Burning Man attracts 70,000 people a year who come and build an entire city around the Man-- for one week. 

You may have thought it could be fun to attend a Burning Man event.  Maybe it’s even on your “bucket list.”  Well…now, through the miracle of Second Life®, and with the support and encouragement of Linden Lab®, you can experience the fun, excitement and inspiration of a Burn, all from the comfort of your home computer.  Sure, it would be fun to be there in Real, but a Virtual Burning Man does not require you to purchase a ticket or pack and bring survival gear for a week in a harsh desert environment. 

One opportunity to experience the richness, creativity, and general sense of community of a Burn will be this coming weekend at Burn2: Winter Burn.  While wandering the grounds of Burn2’s virtual playa on Deep Hole, I came across iSkye Silvercloud, as she made some adjustments to one of the display areas.  She graciously agreed to talk to me about the upcoming event.

Josh (Thomas1 Bellic) (JB): So, tell me, iSkye.  What is Burn anyway? Is it just to set fire to stuff, or is there more to it than that?

iSkye Silvercloud (iS):  Burn is about MUCH MORE than “setting fire to stuff”. Burn2 is a community of creatives who do and create things together. Winter Burn is one of four official regional events that we host in Second Life®.  We are the only official regional of Burning Man existing in the virtual space, and there are more than 100 regionals across the world. All of our activities are centered around the 10 Principles of Burning Man, which can be found here: https://www.burn2.org/about/the-ten-principles/



JB:    Can you share with us a bit of the history of Burn in SL?

iS:   Burning Man started in 1986 in San Francisco with some friends burning a stick man on Baker Beach; in 2003, the Lindens at the time received permission from Burning Man to replicate and virtually burn a Man in SL, and this became an annual tradition facilitated by the Lindens. In 2010, Burning Life became Burn2, a bona fide regional of Burning Man and since then, we've grown and evolved while still keeping the tradition of the annual burn of the Man. You can read the story at this link: https://www.burn2.org/about/burn2-history/ 

JB:    How big is the staff that manages Burn2?  And how many exhibitors do you have?

iS:   We have a core team of department leads that manage the day-to-day operations of Burn2, with the support and guidance of a Regional Contact, 3Vilyn. There are currently 7 members of the team organizing the Winter Burn event with about a dozen department leads and co-leads providing support and structure for the event. All of us involved are volunteers.

JB:    Is Burn2 a subset of Burning Man, and what is the connection between the two? 

iS:   Burn2 is a virtual regional of Burning Man, much like a chapter of an organization. It is the only bona fide virtual regional of Burning Man and is among more than 100 regional worldwide connected by a regional network. There is a very close relationship between our regional and Burning Man, with the Regional Contact as the liaison.




JB: I love the Floating Islands displays. What an ingenious idea! Who thought of THAT?

iS:   The brilliant mind that came up with the floating islands is that of MirandaNomad, who is the Winter Burn Event Lead and also the Placement Lead. In fact, the theme for this year's Winter Burn event, "Winterburn Wonderland" was conceived by Miranda, so the floating islands, ice lake, and other features visitors will see on the virtual playa are part of her vision for the event.

JB:    Will there be shows, or raves, with special effects and laser lights? Or an actual Burn?  When and where is that? Is there a schedule of events?

iS:   There will be two stages at the event, where DJs and live performers will gift their talents and time to the community. There will be a virtual Burn of an effigy, preceded by a procession and fire dance performance by the Lamplighters and their Fire Dancers. The effigy will not be the Man, because that is reserved solely for the annual Octoburn event in autumn. You can find the event calendar on Burn2's website, here: https://www.burn2.org/event-calendar/ to see when these things will happen - and plan to come and join us!

There are also about 32 installations built to the theme of Winterburn Wonderland, and the interpretations are wildly varied, much to the delight of event organizers. 

JB:    I saw a kind of “community bulletin board” with dozens of burning candles.  What kind of messages do people leave? 

iS:   That is actually part of an installation by Chi Ardani (Bethann Causten) with co-builders Temptation Ardani and GB (GeneralBusybody), titled "Fjord-light". Heartfelt messages can be left by visitors on candles in this solemn and beautiful space.





JB: I saw a place where you can actually BE a "Burning Man"? What a novel way to promote the event

iS:   Sabet Wanderer and EricMacron created this installation, entitled "I am Burning Man". Now, in the physical world, this would obviously not be something we would want people to do! But this is a virtual environment and the build is a wonderfully evocative interpretation of the communal experience of the Burn at Black Rock City where Burning Man's real-life event takes place. 

JB:    I saw an interesting train ride.  Would you recommend that to visitors?

iS:   The train ride is the creation of Huntress Catteneo, and it is a delightful way to tour the playa and explore the builds by the artists and builders participating in this event. Highly recommended!  



JB:    Is there anything else about Burn2 you would like to share with our SL Enquirer Readers?

iS:   Burn2's event, Winter Burn 2023: Winterburn Wonderland will open at 5:00 pm SLT on Friday, Jan 27, with a walk-on by the Lamplighters.  The walk-on will bring us to the Main Stage by a circuitous, relaxed route around the playa. Participants are enthusiastically invited to join in! DJs and live performers will bring music to the playa for all to enjoy. Greeters will be waiting at the entrance to say "Welcome Home!" when visitors arrive. But note: Once you enter through the gate, you will no longer be merely a bystander. You’ll become part of the spectacle - participate! 

Winterburn Wonderland will run from Friday evening 5pm SLT through Sunday night, January 27-29. You can see more information about the event here:  https://www.burn2.org/winterburn-wonderland/ 

Sooooo…There you have it, folks – the Hot Skinny in Burn2.   If you have never attended a Burn, you are NOT going to want to miss this chance.  If you HAVE attended a Burn, then you already know how much fun they can be – plan to come to this one!  For further information, check out the hot links below.  And be sure you don’t miss Burn2: Winter Burn.

Tell ‘em Josh sent ya.

Be there!  Aloha!

JB

SURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Burning%20Man-%20Deep%20Hole/149/30/25

WEB: https://www.burn2.org/

FLICKR: https://www.flickr.com/groups/burn2

FB: https://www.facebook.com/BURN2BURNERS

SL Destination: https://secondlife.com/destination/burn2 



COMING SOON FREEDOM ROCK 5 - FEB 23 TO MARCH 15

 


Camping For A Cure brings you Freedom Rock 5 - a Relay For Life Event - Feb 23 to March 15. All proceeds raised go to The American Cancer Society. Together we can make a difference.


http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society2/139/147/2902




Saturday, January 21, 2023

Eclipse Restaurant & Events Announces 2 Amazing Dining Experience Packages for Valentine's Day!

 


Eclipse Restaurant & Events brings to the public THREE Amazing, Unique & Fun events for Valentine's Day! The Eclipse - Love is in the Air Dining Experience Event takes place from Feb. 9 - 14th! There are several different time frames available for each day's event! The Eclipse - Masquerade & Murder Dining Experience Event takes place ONLY on Feb. 14th at 4PM SLT! And for those single and looking, we have something for you too!! The Eclipse - Flirty February Date Auction is going on NOW! The Auction ends on Feb. 3rd at 11AM SLT! Put yourself up to be bid on OR bid on the auctions up now, find a date for Valentine's Day! Tickets for the Love is in the Air and Masquerade & Murder event experiences are on sale NOW! All three of these events have LIMITED space! So don't wait! Get your tickets now or reserve your spot on the auction block! Don't miss out on an amazing Valentine's Day special full dining experience! Come by today and get your tickets or reserve your spot!


Eclipse Love is in the Air and Masquerade & Murder details can be found here - https://xalassrax.wixsite.com/deviantsims/valentines-day-specials Eclipse Restaurant & Events Shop for Love is in the Air and Masquerade & Murder tickets can be purchased here in world - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Deviant%20Dragon/242/21/985 Eclipse Auction Board Event area for details and sign up/bidding can be found here - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Deviant%20Dragon/89/53/22 Contact Alassra (xalassrax) if you have any questions.


What a Start for AudioHouse's Performer Ivy Fadel !

 


What a week at our Club and for our Performers! Ivy Fadel did his first show at NoName Beach Club and what a welcome he got, the people loved his showed and didn't want his Show to end. His style is Grunge Rock, keep an eye on him! Planning for this week at AudioHouse We do an extra Sunday Event Sunday 22 Jan >> 11am Mr J 12pm Ivy Fadel 1pm Veto Rubas Monday 23 Jan >> 1pm Ivy Fadel 2pm Joshua Vox 3pm Raven Zenoria 4pm David Rhangel Thursday 26 Jan >> 2pm Rice Tyler 3pm Kai Rush 4pm Luma Heyn 5pm Loopman Blep Ofcourse you can find them threw the week at other places as well. We hope to see you at some point to come Party with us and Enjoy Live Music! To book any of AudioHouse Performers ( Ari Oliveira, David Rhangel, Germmano Vox, Ivy Fadel, Mr.J, Kai Rush, Loopman Blep, Luma Heyn, Raven Zenoria, Veto Rubas) contact ArishaFlame75 Resident. Greetz Team AudioHouse xx



FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/audiohousesl LM AudioHouse: http://maps.secondlife.com/secon.../Stormy%20Coven/174/22/22


Friday, January 20, 2023

GeekSpeak – The Next Big Thing- Join the discussion on Saturday, January 21st at 12pm SLT


What do you think is the next big change that will push humanity in a different direction?  Something so important that people will look back afterward and wonder what life was like before it happened.

Any suggestion is welcome.  It could be an invention, a big natural change, a new scientific theory, a development in medicine, a change in our diet, or maybe a new cultural or religious idea.  What do you see as the most important thing that will happen in this century?

Join us in GeekSpeak on Saturday at noon SLT.  We want to pick your brain and see if it is working.  Bring a pen and your friends!

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.


Thursday, January 19, 2023

HIGHLAND RETREAT: A RETREAT FOR BODY AND MIND IN A PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE. JOSH (THOMAS1 BELLIC) REPORTING...






As I was perusing the Internet the other day, I came upon a description of a place called “Highland Retreat” The description read:

"Highland Retreat" is a small, idyllic Scottish island that invites you to relax. With picturesque landscapes, lush hills, and scenic bays, the island offers a peaceful environment to unwind and rejuvenate. The highlight of the island is the cozy cottage, which is perfectly integrated into the surroundings and gives the feeling of being in a different time. A perfect place for nature enthusiasts, those seeking tranquility, and keen photographers.

Well…it sounded pretty idyllic, but could it really live up to the hype?  Only one way to find out.   And I decided to go check it out for myself.  There I met Clifton Howlett and Coralile, the builders and owners of Highland Heights.  They were feverishly getting ready for their Grand Opening, scheduled for January 22, 2023.

During one of their infrequent breaks to stop and enjoy the serenity of their creation, I was fortunate enough to convince them to sit a spell and tell me about this dream-come-true sim.



Josh (Thonas1 Bellic) JB:    So tell me, guys. Where did you get the idea for Highland Retreat? Is there some history here?

Coralile (CL): Well, Clif had the initial idea.  I liked the idea, as I had visited RL Scotland three years ago and I fell in love with the place

Clifton Howlett (CH):   I was in a creative mood and wanted to create a new SIM and since I really like the landscapes in Scotland, I wanted to take some inspiration from that and design something calming, serene, and tranquil.  We both enjoy the creative side of SL, which is reflected in our photography, so it was important to us to build an environment that would inspire people and work as a great backdrop for photography enthusiasts. 

JB:       Just what is it that sets Highland Retreat apart from the many other Sims out there with a similar theme?

CH:  You are right, Josh.  There are many amazing locations across SL that have similar themes, but the uniqueness of each SIM comes from the individuals who create them.  Our vision was for something relaxing with wide views and little details for visitors to discover, and we have poured a lot of passion into creating this and hope visitors will appreciate our imagination.

CL:  I don’t think there is a sim with quite the same idea.  This is not a club.  It’s more a photogenic and relaxing sim where you can sit and enjoy the environment and the calm atmosphere of the place. To further the mood, we only play Scottish music here and it is just a really nice place to come and chill.



JB:      Who do you hope to attract to your build? What special group of people might Highland Retreat appeal to?

CH: We hope to see all kinds of visitors, from explorers to artists, to people who just want a soothing location to either be with current friends or to make new ones. All we ask if that all visitors are respectful of others.

JB:    Do you have any special events planned?

CL:  At present all we have scheduled is our Grand Opening this Sunday, January 17, 2023.  After we have had time to evaluate people’s reactions, then we may look at adding additional events.

CH:  True.  The purpose of the Grand Opening is to let the world of SecondLife know we are open and receiving visitors.  But generally, this place is designed to appeal to people who are interested in quiet contemplation, more than they are interested in blockbuster “events”, so to speak.  But we will see.

JB:    What are some of the areas that guests might enjoy during a visit to Highland Retreat?

CH:  Oh, this fully depends on the mood of the visitors. If they want a bit of alone time there are many small places to hide individually. But there are also places for people to meet and gather together to enjoy the serenity of the surroundings. 

CL:  We have built an interesting house on the property. I particularly like that the house is a mix of rustic and modern.  Beautifully decorated, this house is well worth the time for a visit. People will enjoy visiting and perhaps sitting and enjoying the environment.  We also have a lovely and rather rustic beach for guests to enjoy.     



JB:   And how about the future?  Do you have any changes or additions in mind?

CH:  The only thing constant in SecondLife – and Real Life for that matter – is change. There are always changes, everything evolves and I don’t want to keep things static for too long.  I like to create and as we say in German “Der Weg ist das Ziel”.  Or, “The journey is the destination!”

CL:  Well…we are only just starting out, so we really haven’t talked about changes yet.  Our focus has been on getting it ready as you see today. We will look at making changes after we first out how much appeal this kind of sim has with our visitors.

JB:    Is this space available for use by others?

CH:  All are welcome to use our Sim.   People are encouraged to invite their friends.  We have a “party area” for use by small gatherings, weddings, partnering, renewal of vows, or what have you. - All are welcome and can temporarily rezz things as needed  


JB:    There must have been several challenges in building a Sim of this nature. What has been your greatest challenge in building Highland Retreat?

CH:  It has been challenging to take the thoughts that served as our inspiration, and turn them into a realistic representation of that inspiration. It was difficult to pull solid visuals out of my fuzzy mind.

CL:  My greatest challenge has been due to our pursuit of excellence.  We want everything to be perfect.  I hope we achieved that goal, and the people will truly enjoy what we created.

JB:    I understand you are limited to 20 People.  What’s that all about?

CH:   It’s just a homestead so it’s limited by SL, but this works in our visitors' favor!  When you spend a long time staging the perfect photo, the positioning, lighting, etc,  the last thing people need is people getting in the way of the shot.  We are aiming to provide quality over quantity.

JB:    Is there anything else you would like to share with our SL Enquirer Readers?

CL:  I’m just happy to see you all. Be Happy, be nice and have fun! And we look forward to seeing many of you at our Grand Opening on the 22 of January.



So, there you have it.   Want to get away from the wild and frenetic pace of other places?  Places with big crowds – and even bigger lag?  Then come check out Highland Retreat…refreshment for the soul and allow you to express your “Inner Artist”.  Say high to Clif or Cora.

Tell ‘em Josh sent ya...

Be there!  Aloha!

JB


Additional Information

SURL:     http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mundo%20Virtual/106/198/25  

FLICKR:  https://www.flickr.com/groups/escape_to_imagination/

Grand Opening: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AM0TTHMK9uYUSsY&cid=4DC8178B39B432B5&id=4DC8178B39B432B5%21203702&parId=4DC8178B39B432B5%2189709&o=OneUp

 


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Spotlight on ChicagoBluesman - Movin’ and Groovin’ in Second Life-Lanai Jarrico Reporting


Image was taken by Cathy Kærann


With the holidays out the way, and things settling down both in real life and on the grid I’m glad to be back to exploring and meeting new and interesting people. It is one of the exciting things about Second Life. On any given day you never know what you may come across or who you might spark up a conversation with. While out and about I thought I’d browse the event list and check out a concert. I noticed another performer in the crowd showing his support. I find that to be very respectful and supportive. It shows me that not everyone is focused on their own thing and people do support each other rather than compete. It's a beautiful thing. 


 After the show, I met up with ChicagoBluesman, a professional instrumentalist from Chile that is relatively new to the music scene in SL and we got to talking. I was impressed by what he shared and his passion for Blues.


Interview with ChicagoBluesman



Lanai: Hi Chicago, It’s a pleasure to meet you. You’ve only been in Second Life for only 4 months. How did you discover this virtual world?


ChicagoBluesman: I came to Second life because of one of those things about algorithms, I was studying some courses on the metaverse and NFTs for Marketing at the Linkedin academy, then Instagram showed me John Rocky's profile, he was teaching how to start doing shows in second life, from that point one thing led to another and here I am.


Lanai: Word of mouth and viral advertising with social media is a powerful thing! Where are you from and what inspired you to pursue a career in music?


ChicagoBluesman: I’m currently living on an island in South America. When I used to live in Chile nobody played blues harmonica in my town, we were under a military government where listening to some type of music was kind of forbidden. We didn't have access to get good albums, sometimes a friend got some CDs because his mother used to be a flight attendant in the '80s.


Lanai: That must have been an amazing music experience for you being introduced to new sounds that way. Your name makes it obvious that your genre is Blues. Of all the different music out there, what gravitates you to this particular genre?


ChicagoBluesman:  The first song I listened to was Sweet sixteen from BB king, never forget that. It was an old tape that a friend of mine lent me, that type wasn’t in very good condition to be honest, even like that it got my full attention but I didn’t know the name of that style of music.



Lanai: B.B. King defines the blues! Did you know with its classic rhythm and storytelling, studies showed Blues music eases tension and anxiety and also improves memory, learning, and intellectual development? An instrumentalist is pretty rare in Second Life, You play the rhythm without singing and this makes you unique in the SL music scene.  What type of instruments do you play and what artists inspire what you perform?

 


ChicagoBluesman:  The first instrument I played was the flute when I was at school, then I started playing the accordion and studied Latin rhythms like cuecas and folkloric things from my country. After a while I sold the accordion and bought a tube amp to connect the harmonica and sound more electrified, it was here that the fun began. These days I am being sponsored by a Chinese harmonica brand called Kongsheng, I started to work with them this year.


Lanai: That’s a great opportunity to expand your music! Aside from covering many of your favorite songs, Do you write your own music?


ChicagoBluesman: I have composed some songs but most of my time was spent working as a session musician, I have already recorded music for movies, reality shows, pop singers, jazz musicians, and all types of styles.


Lanai: Very impressive! In 2001 and again in 2011 you opened for Eric Clapton, tell me a little about how that happened and what that experience was like.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRS67-UQAGw)


ChicagoBluesman: There is a somewhat funny anecdote that happened in 2001, we opened the Eric Clapton show on October 4 at the national stadium in Chile, and at that time I was working at the same time for an airline called Copa Airlines, serving passengers traveling to Panama. I remember that a few days before I had to ask my boss for permission to let me open the show for Eric Clapton, at first nobody believed me. I remember that after the show I had to return to the airport because I had to work. My smile that night lasted throughout the shift.


In 2011 we opened again for the Clapton show together with one of the best-known blues bands in Chile "La Rata Bluesera" and Miguel Botafogo from Argentina. Clapton was very receptive to us and we were able to chat briefly.




Lanai: That’s very exciting being that Eric Clapton is among the greatest and most influential guitar players in rock history. Giving you some major bragging rights in the real world!  How often do you perform in Second Life? 


ChicagoBluesman: It depends, sometimes I play from 4 to 5 times during the week, I'm still trying to get more good gigs in some venues but I received a lot of invitations to play for free and I'm not interested in doing that unless is for a charity event.



Lanai: Very Understandable. Not everything should be given away for free.  I can see you performing for weddings and at high-end venues in SL. Your sound is lounge-worthy, we even joked it makes good elevator music the other night. It sets a nice background tone for people to enjoy while engaged in good conversation or just relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere. Since you have experience performing in front of crowds in real life and now in Second Life, Do you feel the same rush of adrenaline? 


ChicagoBluesman: I must confess that it has been very different but I have been getting used to it, a good exercise was having attended several shows of my fellow musicians to see how they perform during the 1-hour show, but yes, there is always a bit of nerves, you never know what's going to happen lol


Lanai:  I think every great artist gets nervous before or during a show. If they didn’t, they are not striving to get better. Do you have a calendar with your performance dates so our readers know how to find you?


ChicagoBluesman: sure, here is a link 

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/1/r/month?cid=Y2hpY2Fnb2JsdWVzbWFuMjJAZ21haWwuY29t


Lanai: Thank you for the link drop. How can venues book you for performances?


ChicagoBluesman: They can contact me directly or contact my manager Carmen Cardone who has done a fantastic job helping me here at Second Life.



Lanai: I love that you gave her some props for a job well done. SL Music managers don’t get enough recognition for what they do. Without them, musicians would be overwhelmed by having to do all the behind-the-scenes communication and marketing stuff they do.  Kudos to Carmen!  It was a pleasure getting to know you Chicago. Thank you for sharing your talent with us in Second Life. and I hope to see you continuing to move and groove across the grid. Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?


ChicagoBluesman: Thank you Lanai, I appreciate this, this is all new to me so I’m gonna try to spread the blues harmonica everywhere in Second Life. My message to the readers is If you go to my show invite your friends and have fun :)



Additional Information:


SL GROUP: 

Contact Carmen Cardone (carmencardone) for bookings


FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/887382882627504


CALENDAR: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=chicagobluesman22@gmail.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles 


SPOTIFY:  https://open.spotify.com/album/366ngq34sdUniUFRGGwBal?si=nW3PoxQjRWWA3SLorD8BpA


FLICKR

https://www.flickr.com/photos/196715986@N02/


  YOUTUBE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc7F567BnAY&t=337s&ab_channel=DanaEnyo 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSRfYNa03kA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIiKUCuTLYM&ab_channel=Mistysa-Topic

 
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