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  1. New Coffee House caters to your beverage, baked good and relaxation needs. Come have a cup, have a slice of cake, play a little guitar, have a conversation with friends, new and old, and listen to smooth jazz or energetic blues, enjoy the park, or watch the waves. Come see: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Great Plains/50/236/23
  2. Tone Uriza at Blues Seduction This week's featured artist is Tone Uriza, a local blues legend in his home state of Arizona and an active Second Life musician since 2007. Check out his website to listen to his music and learn more about his lengthy performance career. He also plays at his own club, Blues Seduction (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rainy Valley/238/227/21) every Saturday at 7pm SLT. Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life? A: I found out about Second Life in January of 2007. A friend of mine that played drums in my hometown, Kyle Bronsdon (aka Kyle Beltran in Second Life), sent out an email to all of his musician friends and fans about a virtual club that he had created. He said we could all come and see his avatar perform on our computers. The catch was it required creating a Second Life account. Because some of our peers were technically challenged (mostly baby boomers) most just ignored the email. But I did not. You see, I began studying digital electronics in 1976. From 1980 to 1989 I worked for a digital electronics research and development corporation as a line tech and later as a senior technician for reliability engineering. Needless to say, I used computers on a daily basis for testing line product as well as new designs from engineering. All the while playing music professionally at night. In 1990 I quit my day job and went full-time as a professional musician and sound tech. Meanwhile, I began raising a family and wanted to stay close to home while my wife worked by day as a computer aided drafts person for a missile corporation. Her job required a computer so we got our first PC in 1995. I became fascinated with it and started building and fixing PCs for myself and others. So when Kyle emailed about Second Life I had come to a time when I was not playing in the real world much, so I said yes please to SL. And I was so happy I did. It came very naturally to me as I was also a casual gamer. My experience with sound tech made it easy for me to set myself up with a stream and start playing to a worldwide audience. I left for a short period to take care of health issues, but it’s all good now. I came back in December of 2019 and started getting bookings right away. Soon I was able to set up a club of my own. I like having one as a backup in case I have a cancellation or just feel like playing when nothing is scheduled. One of the great aspects of Second Life is the flexibility. Real world performers and clubs don’t have nearly as much flexibility. I play several venues now on a regular basis, and I have Blues Seduction, which is the name of my club. Q: How did playing music become a part of your life? A: Well that's an easy one. It runs in my family. My dad played guitar, my uncles played guitar, my maternal grandfather played guitar, my mom played piano, and her mom played guitar as well. An interesting fact about my maternal grandfather: he played guitar and sang in the brothels that peppered the Arizona-Mexico border at the turn of the last century. So when I asked my dad for a guitar at 9 years old, he immediately said yes, took me down to Sears, and got me my first guitar. I’ve been playing ever since. That would be 56 years. Well except when I had to have carpal tunnel surgery. LOL. Q: Are your band members also SL Residents? A: Only one, but the band was retired a few years back in the real world. His name is Marx Loeb aka Speelo Snook in Second Life. He DJs in SL these days. My friend Kyle is also still in SL and sings/plays piano in his own club, Meatspace. Q: Blues music has been interpreted in so many different ways, how do you personally describe it? A: Historically, everyone knows where and when the music came to fruition. But it has transcended history to become a major thread in the fabric of American life. The blues are nothing more than a good person feeling bad and having a musical language or vehicle to communicate that, and possibly rid oneself of the feeling. It can also be a very celebratory type of music, such as the blues from the New Orleans area. Q: Tell us about the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame experience! A: The Arizona Blues Hall Of Fame is a virtual place where musicians and supporters of the blues can pay homage to the outstanding achievements of the great players in our state who have used their music and notoriety to promote and preserve the blues heritage. I am humbly honored to be included as an individual player. Additionally, my band The Torpedoes was recently inducted this year. Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you? A: I think that would have to be how much they support one another and care for each other. And it allows all kinds of collaborations by musicians that would have never come together otherwise. But there are so many, it’s hard to name just one. All I know is that I love to play for people and Second Life has been a blessing for my soul. Thank you, Linden Lab. Thank you, Tone! If you or somebody you know would like to submit content for Music Mondays, please fill out this form.
  3. DANCE FOR THE CURE BENEFIT!!!! Sat, Jan 25 2020 12:08:24 AM PST Live DJ COME PARTY WITH US AND HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR THE RELAY FOR LIFE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY! WHEN: SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY 6PM TO 8PM 1st Annual Dance for the Cure 6PM to 8PM Tonight WHERE: Atira (103,66,23) 100% OF ALL DONATIONS GO TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. WE ALSO HAVE A DAILY RAFFLE AND YOU COULD WIN A 1959 CORVETTE!! THIS IS A LIMITED EDITON MADE ESPECIALLY FOR THIS BENEFIT ONLY 10 WERE MADE SO IT WILL BE EXTREMELY RARE. SO COME DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY WITH AND LETS SUPPORT A WONDERFUL CAUSE!
  4. Welcome to the Bellisseria's community blues cafe. We wanted to give something back to the community, a place to gather, socialize and enjoy a cup of java (we have whiskey and beer, too) . A place where we could share our stories. The excitement of a new community on a beautiful continent that Linden Labs created, not just for the premium members that are nestled into the houses and houseboats across the regions, but all members of Second Life. A place for those already residing here and those waiting, eager with anticipation to hold residence on this gorgeous landscape. Its a friendly place, set on a bluff overlooking the sea and rows of houseboats below. The most exciting thing about Bellis Blues Café is the music! Offering the only blues music venue on Bellisseria. Our goal is to hold events with live DJs, providing the music we all love. This will include not only blues music, but giving patrons a diverse listening pleasure to all genre of music as they visit the coffee house to mingle among their friends, dance and share their stories. Providing a community place is a work of dedication by many. @Chic Aeon offered her skills and designed the addition to the building along with her interior decorating flare. Cian and I, were very excited to have her onboard to help launch this venue for the community. The cafe is open 24/7 to any and all that wish to stop on by, relax, listen to music, dance and find a bit of solace, or celebration and a slice of Bellisseria they can call their own. Most of all, to those without a home, come to the cafe, make this place your own. Let off a little steam from the frustration, share your thoughts with others seeking a home and find commodity together, become a part of the community with the rest of us. I'll be reaching out to the Pirate DJs of Bellisseria, in hopes of scheduling events at the blues cafe to feature your music style. If anyone would enjoy volunteering their time to host/hostessing here, please contact me. Also, if you have skills at management and would like to volunteer your time at the cafe, scheduling events and making up a calender, send me an IM or notecard in world to: prudenceanton Please be sure to join our group when you visit the coffee house so we can keep you updated on events for the community. Note: This is a faux community establishment and not a real business. Its a non profit place, abiding by LL covenant. (This covenant is subject to change in accordance with LL ToS) Credits and thanks to: @Chic Aeon for her generous contributions to the cafe. @Dick Spad for the photos of the Bellis Blues Café Landmark to Bellis Blues Café : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Domingos/38/241/36
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