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                             The Yale Hotel (SL)



In Second Life, the Yale Hotel stands proudly on route 10 in the Dalhousie sim.  There, we host live gigs, in a different format than we've seen in SL before.    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dalhousie/132/9/46 
On Tuesday nights, our weekly roots & blues jam audio is live (streamed) in from a real life venue.  The event is held at Boomers Burger Bar in Gibsons BC Canada, located a short ferry ride from Vancouver.  A wide array of local and visiting performers take the stage.  This event is hosted by the Sunshine Coast Blues Society.
At the same time, live webcam coverage of the real life event is uploaded to a website for sl users to watch as they wish.  The Second Life venue is being viewed on the big screen in the real life venue. Audiences in both worlds have a blast together!  
This endeavor is not meant to capitalize, rather it's sole purpose is to bring the music to the world. 
In January and February of 2014, The Yale promoted three very talented west coast musicians.  
David "Boxcar" Gates, a very talented local area blues man - http://davidboxcargates.ca  
Jason Buie, another amazingly talented British Columbia musician.  http://jasonbuieband.com  and
Franco Paletta of Portland Oregon.  http://francopalettaandthestingers.com
Recently, The Blue Voodoo Duo streamed live into the  Yale in Second Life while performing in Gibsons BC.  http://www.thebluevoodoo.com 
 On April 25th, we will have a very talented musician and his band from Vancouver.
Harpdog Brown is a gifted singer and imaginative harmonica player of note that has been in Canada's Blues scene since 1982. Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta he crossed tens of thousands of miles playing club dates and festivals in Canada, North Western United States and Germany.
Over the years Harpdog has issued 6 CD's  to critical acclaim. In 1995 his Home is Where The Harp Is won the coveted Muddy Award for the best NW Blues Release of the year, from the Cascade Blues Association in Portland. As well that year it was nominated for a Juno for the best Blues Release in Canada. Teamed up with Graham Guest on piano, his CD Naturally was voted #1 Canadian Blues Album of 2011 by The Blind Lemon Survey.  http://www.harpdogbrown.com/
We really hope some of you will stop in and take part in this fun time and enjoy this worthwhile effort.
See you at The Yale
Ragg & Ru Strom
About The Real Life Yale Hotel:
The Yale Hotel began in the mid 1880's as a CPR bunkhouse where workers relaxed after clearing land for the new community of Vancouver.  
In 1889 The Yale was renamed the Colonial Hotel. It served miners, loggers, fishermen and CPR workers who trudged up a trail in the woods from False Creek. There was a stable below the street level for the occasional carriage trade.
By night, the hotel became a haunt for the workers and their friends. Yaletown had a reputation for wild nightlife, and the activity at the Colonial was supposedly the wildest. The hotel was named the Yale again in 1911.
Meanwhile, deep in the southern United States, the black culture gave birth to the blues. Rhythm and blues is perceived in many ways. Sometimes glamorous, sometimes heart-wrenching, the blues wound its way through the history of America and emerged as a Canadian tradition at the Yale.
After more than two decades of this tradition, the Yale was the focal point for rhythm and blues in Western Canada. The icons of traditional blues, as well as new talent, came by to play and jam. Pop stars and screen personalities frequented the Yale to hear their R&B idols. As well, the Yale built its own precision engineered recording studio. In the basement, where stable boys used to groom the horses, the Yale recorded live performances to promote up-and-coming local blues players and to raise funds for charities.
Hundreds of legendary blues performers have graced the stage at the Yale. Here is a small sample, selected by staff as their top twenty all-time favorites:
John Lee Hooker, Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown, Shemekia, Jeff Healey, Jim Byrnes, Buddy Miles, Long John Baldry, John Hammond, Pinetop Perkins, Gatemouth Brown, Powder Blues, Canned Heat, Maria Muldour, James Cotton, Eddy Clearwater, Koko Taylor, Charlie Musselwhite, Honeyboy Edwards, Chambers Brothers, Downchild Blues Band
Some other names of note who have played or jammed at the Yale:
John Candy, Supertramp, Jimmy Page, Tommy Chong, Colin James, Big Brother and the Holding Company, George Thorogood, Lee Aaron, Jim Belushi, John Savage, The Tea Party, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Brian Adams, Burton Cummings, Buckwheat Zydeco, Savoy Brown
And then there's the stars who come by to hang out and listen:
Otis Rush, Amanda Marshall, Sheryl Crow, U2, Glen Fry (Eagles), Steve Winwood, Paul Schaffer (Letterman), Patrick Swayze, Rebecca De Mornay, Leonard Skynard Band
Sadly, after closing for renovations in 2011, the Yale Hotel was recently put up for sale.  This changed the path of blues in Vancouver forever, with musicians spreading out to other venues in the city.  The blues will always live on, but The Yale Hotel will forever be remembered as " The house that blues built".
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