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Goodbye to a dear friend

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We had the very sad task of saying goodbye to a dear friend of the club and one of our regular and popular DJ’s, Lorah Lahnah. She unexpectedly passed away at the beginning of August to much shock and sadness to everyone that knew her. She was much loved in our little community and her rock sets and syncopated dancing were always a great success.

We all wanted to pay our respects to our lovely friend so a memorial service was organised at the club. The service was held at sunset on the dock outside, and Rhia and Magda performed a beautiful ceremony between them, with readings and music, whilst everyone gathered around a memorial plaque which we had installed into the club wall.

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It was a deeply moving and emotional evening, but also with some lighter moments as everyone recalled their fondest memories of this vivacious and bubbly lady.

Sweet dreams Lorah – we will all miss you x

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Marcel’s Pinball Wizard

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The very lovely Mr G-Winz played a magnificent set at Marcel’s last night – running through the entire album of The Who’s ‘Pinball Wizard’. It was a real treat to hear all those great songs again, and with G’s snippets of storytelling throughout the evening, we could all re-live the complex, dark and twisted tale of Tommy, the tormented deaf, dumb and blind pinball playing whizzkid.

Listening to the tunes and hearing G tell the story really reminded me of just what an outstanding piece of musical rock ‘opera’ musical this was, and it’s definitely made me want to get the Ken Russell movie to add to my collection. If you haven’t seen the movie and you’re a Who fan, I would highly recommend it.

I know I will probably get battered by the Who purists out there for saying this, but much as I loved hearing the original Who soundtrack last night, I have to say that I personally preferred the movie version of the soundtrack, where the tracks were performed by the various artists playing the roles in the story. Once you’ve heard Tina Turner belt out her version of ‘Gypsy, The Acid Queen’, the Who’s version pales in comparison.

So thank you again to Mr G-Winz for a fabulous evening, and as ever, here are a few piccies from the event. (I had a great time dressing Lord Andy for the night, so that he could come as our own pinball wizard).

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The Venice Film Festival!

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OK – so I may have exaggerated a tad – but I had to let everyone know that our very clever Mr Starfall has put together another one of his brilliant movies of the recent Venice Carnival show. I have added the Youtube of the film to the main Venice post, but also wanted to pop it here separately, to make sure everyone saw it 🙂

These bits of film take Sword hours to put together and are a fab way to really get the feel of the shows. He’s started dabbling with adding some ‘live’ action to the stop-motion style he usually uses, although this first variety was filming directly from the screen with a camera phone. Sword tells me that this is quite a tricky method, and the quality of picture is not as good as ‘live’ filming in-world, so he is investigating various in-world machinima styles. I can’t wait to see future releases!

Oh….and one more thing….Sword has forgotten to add his own name to the list of credits for the show! (being his typical modest self), so I will add right now “Filmed & produced by Sword Starfall”, as he deserves equally as much credit as anyone else involved in putting together these shows 🙂

So, without any further ado, Ladies and Gentlemen, I proudly present…Marcel’s Caffeine Nights – Venetian Carnival! *wild applause*

 

Carnival Part 3 – Masquerade in Venice

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Carnival with Marcel’s

Part #3 – Masquerade in Venice

With DJ G-Winz

 

Our final evening of Carnival was set in the floating streets of Venice. Dim lights glowing from the high windows of the houses overlooking the canal, and the distant sound of music echoing along the dark waters.

Guests arrived close to a wooden jetty, with the lamplight flickering on the surface of the gently rippling water. They were beckoned towards the water’s edge, where a silent gondolier glided up to the edge of the jetty and invited them to sit. The gondola carried our guests across the softly lapping waters to the palazzo at the far end of the canal. They could see the lights flickering in the windows as they drew closer, and hear the strains of the masquerade waltz. The gondola smoothly deposited them at the steps of the piazza, where the guests were greeted by our DJ for the night, Mr G “Winz” Winstanley. The music for the evening was a selection of G’s usual eclectic mixes, ranging from Italian classic, heavy opera and light hearted dances.

The set was the perfect backdrop for everyone to really show off their amazing masquerade outfits and as usual, we weren’t disappointed by the couture.

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And here are some stunning ‘real’ Venetian masks and costumes, set to music as your backdrop for this page.

 

The Venice set is still there and will remain there for a while, you if you missed the show, or just want to go back and dance on the piazza and float about in the gondola, you can get there by using the teleporter at the end of the corridor at Marcel’s.

I would like to give a big thank you to our 3 amazing DJ’s who worked so hard to provide the perfect music for our Carnival nights, and to all our guests who always make such an effort to dress up and have fun. Thank you guys – and hope to see you again soon!

Anouk xxx

Carnival Part 2 – Rio

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Part #2 – DJ Lorah

 

 

Day 2 of our Carnival frenzy was set on the streets of Rio – with streamers and balloons and extravagant floats rolling through the crowds.

(This was an old set I had made some time ago and due to the very short notice I was given to throw together 3 separate sets in less than a week 😕 I didn’t have time to tweak this one as well as I would have liked. The basic background street was fine, but the floats were built a couple of years ago when my building skills were somewhat more limited, which meant that due a slight…technical hitch…they had a tendency to keep crashing into one another if I didn’t keep an eye on them and keep adjusting them. Fortunately, it was carnival, so I could blame it on the rum! 😉 )

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And here’s a little suitable background music to help you join in the samba line!

 

The guys danced late into the night and crawled home in the early hours to recharge their energy, in time for the grand finale event on the last night…

Carnival Part 1 – Bourbon Street, New Orleans

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Mardi Gras in Bourbon Street, New Orleans

with DJ Rhia “Blues Mamma” Colclough

 

 

 

We kicked off our three day Carnival extravaganza by turning the side alley next door to the bistro into a replica of the New Orleans Bourbon Street, classic home of Mardi Gras. With illuminated house windows and brightly coloured flowers in the window boxes, our guests came and shimmied in their finest Carnival feathers and beads, to the sounds of the lovely DJ Rhia playing a selection of bluesy jazzy street music.

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As usual, everyone went all out with their costumes and the feathers were flying all evening….

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It was the perfect start to the Carnival celebrations and got everyone in the mood for lots more music and dancing – which we were happy to provide…

It’s Carnival Time!

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Special Program!

 

Marcel’s will be presenting a special program for the Carnival weekend.

Each participating DJ will tackle one specific Carnival mood, each within the fabulous background of Anouk’s famed builds.

 

 

Saturday 14.02.2015 – 3pm SL Time

We kick off Saturday with a sail, which is being prepared by our team Captain Gerrard Winstanley, leading Marcel’s flotilla on a sea travel of adventure and discovery. Ending the glorious journey, in which we expect to have the sea debut of our newest Matelot members, DJ Magda Kamenev, who will entertain the group with some finely selected tunes for an evening of dancing and partying.

 

Sunday 15.02.2015 – 4pm SL Time

DJ Rhia will lead the marching band through Boubon Street, celebrating the famed New Orleans Mardi Gras! Be ready for some awesome tunes and that vodoo she does so well….

 

Monday 16.02.2015 – 3pm SL Time

DJ Lorah’s turn to lead the Rio Carnival set with the hot tunes from the most wild and famous Carnival in the world! Prepare for great dancing, samba steps, and exotic plumage on a very sexy evening done South American way.

 

Tuesday 17.02.2015 – 3pm SL Time

As our holiday comes to an end, we’ll have last but not least DJ G-WINZ setting to music the canals of Venice, where masked figures will evolve on a mysterious weave of sophisticated charm and vibrating beats!

 

So grab your feathers and sequins and come and join us to samba the nights away!

 

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Lord Andy’s Alternative Folk night

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My lovely RL partner, Lord Andy, is great pals with our very own Mr Sword Starfall, and between the two of them, they are real folk aficionados. Andy is a musician and has played in folk bands back in the day, as well as working for the popular Brit folk band, Fairport Convention (and we all know that Mr Starfall is a huge Fairport fan), so that all works out very conveniently.

Sword suggested that Andy should put together a playlist of some of his favourite folk tunes, and come in-world to introduce them with a little background trivia.

So this is what they did. Andy collected his playlist, and Sword found the tunes and streamed them for us, providing a really great evening of ‘alternative’ folk. Now I’m by no means a fan of traditional folk music, but Andy’s selection was most enjoyable, and he made a big hit with our regular guests, so I think he will be doing this more often. In fact, the bug has bitten and he is already working on his next set – The Glam and Grot Rock Years of the 70’s 🙂

Here are a few of my favourite tracks from the list, so you can enjoy them yourself, and see the ‘alternative’ side of the folk set (I’ve put the full list at the bottom of the page).

  1. Everyone’s got love bites but me – The Whiskey Priests
  2. Clear White Light – Lindesfarn
  3. Gypsy Dance – All About Eve
  4. Lark in the Morning – Fairport Convention (ft Dave Swarbrick)
  5. Old No 7 – Devil Makes Three
  6. Ace of Spades – Hayseed Dixie
  7. Amsterdam – Al Stewart
  8. Angel Delight – Fairport Convention
  9. Bangor and Mash – Devil Makes Three
  10. All Along the Watchtower – Bob Dylan
  11. Candy – Paolo Nutini
  12. Please Don’t Throw me to the Christians – Wild Willy Barrett
  13. Carnival Girl – Martin Harley Band
  14. The Crane Wife 3 – Marianne Faithfull & Nic Cave
  15. Cripple Creek – Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
  16. Fisherman’s Blues – Waterboys
  17. Hangin’ ‘Round – Lou Reed
  18. Hey Joe – Otis Taylor
  19. Hurt – Johnny Cash
  20. Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons
  21. Love in the Afternoon – Martin Harley Band
  22. Marrakesh Express – Crosby, Stills & Nash
  23. Battle of Evermore – Led Zeppelin (ft Sandy Denny)
  24. Mountain Dew – Grandpa Jones
  25. The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band
  26. The Queen and the Soldier – Suzanne Vega
  27. The Return of Pan – The Waterboys
  28. Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills & Nash
  29. Swing Live Away (Acoustic version) – Rise Against
  30. Ten Million Slaves – Otis Taylor

Sword bids adieu to 2014

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The final months of 2014 where a a busy time for Marcel’s and the Caffeine Nights group, .

One of the most important changes was the move from the platform recreating a Parisian street and square (la Place des Cerises…), to the sea level, which gave the whole build a bigger sense of space outside, and wonderful views, while keeping the intimate cosy feel inside that our friends have enjoyed so much as they discovered the bistro.

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We arrived by the end of Summer, which still allowed for some nice outdoors activity. fishing_001

But soon Fall was upon us, and fallen leaves suddenly where everywhere (inside the bistro too!) and allowed Anouk to add a moody feel to the whole set, (which reminds me of a perfect tune to watch these pictures by, a song about the passing of time and the changing of seasons by Sandy Denny.

Everyone tried to stay outside for quiet evening chats at Marcel’s terrace as long as there where some warmth left and before the snow settled in.

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Eventually Halloween arrived and Marcel’s rose to the occasion with some great sets from our dj’s and yet some more awesome decorations by Anouk!

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The Matelots where also active, and in true pioneer fashion sailed out to discover new lands, and were treated by team Captain (G-WINZ) to some wonderful routes, sampling all the seasonal beauty of SL’s winter wonderland. There was also an unusual trip to the Great Wall of China, where we were kindly hosted by Selena Nirvana of the Heartbreakers Entertainment group, and her wonderful Chinese pavilion venue which held the cruise party.

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And we finally got to Holiday season. Anouk once again showed her skills in decorating Marcel’s and all of Croissantville, and all ye merry group enjoyed a time of warm friendship inspired by outstanding musical shows which conveyed according to each dj’s style the spirit of the season.

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Kala in one of her astounding Christmas gowns
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Marcel’s by snowfall

So here is 2015!

We can’t wait to see what it will bring to Marcel’s and the Caffeine Nights group, and take this chance to wish you all, once again, a Happy New Year!

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The Gospel, According to Rhia

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Last weekend we were treated to a most uplifting themed show DJ’d by the lovely Rhia ‘Blues Mamma’ Colclough. Now I’ve always loved gospel music, so I was really looking forward to see what she would play, but she really pulled out all the stops and as well as the more traditional ‘churchy’ gospel, she also mixed it up with some amazing true Southern Baptist style blues gospel.

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We were even fortunate enough to manage to get hold of the very popular gospel choir, the Second Life Gospel Singers, who gave Rhia a resounding backing vocal support…

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We had a great turnout and everyone felt the spirit lift them as they danced and raised their voices to the heavens.

And it just goes to show how music can bring everyone together, as we even had angels and demons dancing in harmony…

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Though I did wonder what the celestial punishment would be for dancing on the head of an angel…

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And finally, our very own Mr Sword Starfall presents one of his outstanding stop-motion movies of the event, so you can get the true feel of the atmosphere and the music: