Welcome to the New Stars in our Galaxy!

 

 

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With October comes cooler weather, falling leaves and crisp apples as the earth prepares for it’s winter sleep. At STARS. we are preparing to add three new singers to our amazing line up of live music artists! We are so excited to bring these changes to you!

Here’s our new line up!

Sundays from 7-8pm SLT:

• Anj Gufstason on alternate Sundays as always.

NEW: Toxie Darkmatter will be singing on Oct. 1st and 29th. Greg Kat will be performing on Oct. 15th.

New: Agatha Nowles will be taking the spot on alternating Sundays beginning November 12th!

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Tuesdays from 8-9pm SLT:

NEW: We welcome Jack Slade to our Tuesday time slot! He has been filling in on occasion and we are excited to bring him on as a regular performer!

Thursdays from 8-9pm SLT:

• Max Kleene continues to anchor our Thursday nights!

Let’s get to know the new performers in the STARS family of entertainers!

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Toxic “Toxie” Darkmatter

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What started as a bit of a joke with her performer friends, turned into a new outlet for her “musical therapy.” With a collection of music that’s a blend of classic to contemporary, sweet to naughty, Toxie has a rich, sultry voice that can shift gears and really soar. Enjoy jazz? Blues? Rock? A little pop maybe? Check out her song list and bring your requests, be ready to sing along, and let Toxie show you just how much she loves the music she shares.

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Greg Kat

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In the world of solo acoustic performers GregKat24 is somewhat of a musical chameleon. Performing well over 1,000 RL shows at many diverse venues ranging from college nooners, orientations, and night shows to major resorts as well as headlining club shows and opening for National acts in his native Pittsburgh, PA, he is as comfortable in front of thirty people as he is in front of three hundred or three thousand!

Greg’s solo acoustic show combines intoxicating party rock from the “big 80’s” Hot modern rock from the 90’s and today and enough classic tracks to keep everyone happy. With charm & musicianship Greg uses every trick (fair & unfair) to get the crowd joining in, singing along, and (God forbid) having fun! He is totally audience fueled, leaving plenty of room for requests and guaranteeing that on two show are ever alike!

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Agatha Nowles

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Get ready SL music scene – Agatha is coming! Her strong, smooth voice will take you down the alleyways of Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Eric Clapton, the Beatles, Pearl Jam, America – and will have you gasping for air with her bossa nova in English, Spanish and Portuguese. If you miss a show, you are missing out!

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Jack Slade

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Jack, an accomplished musician and songwriter, brings to the floor his personal life experiences with his mixed genre of distinct style of acoustics.
Music has been Jack’s passion for many years. A self-taught guitarist, he pours his heart out in his music from his long life journey of experiences, broken hearts and the greatness of our amazing world around us.
Jack delivers his music all the way from Minnesota and continues his music journey with his life experiences. A must-hear musician and you too will understand this personal connection and amazing talent among us.

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Please join us on Oct. 1st as we welcome Toxie Darkmatter at her debut performance at 7pm slt ! Check the calendar tab at the top of the blog to keep up with our schedule, or join the STARS group inworld, or hit the scribo.

SLURL: STARS Dance Club

We look forward to seeing you soon!

~ Suzanne Piers Fromund, STARS Blogger

 

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Meet our STARS! Lulu Lulibub, Club Hostess/Manager

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Some of the important stars in our galaxy are our own staff! Lulu Lulibub is the manager and hostess at STARS, and I thought it would be fun to get to know her a little better.

Lulu has been in Second life for 10 years. She is an old pro! When asked what brought her into SL, Lulu said, “I came to visit a friend in RL and she played SL. I watched, shook my head and laughed because no one could get her off the computer. Next time I came back to visit her, I joined and have never left!” Many SL’ers tell me the same thing, that they came here because of a friend, and then they were hooked!

Lulu’s first job in SL was as a dancer, as many of us have done. I know I got my feet wet in SL employment by starting out this way.  Currently, Lulu works as manager and host at STARS, but she also works as a host at Chicago’s Place, Junkyard Blues, and  Blues Barn. She also hosts special events and benefits. Lulu is a busy lady!

Lulu’s favorite things to do in SL (other than working her many jobs!) is interacting with people from all around the world, working in music venues. Lulu said, “I also love making people laugh out loud with me . . . or at me is ok too. Pretty much people, music, dance, laugh, I am happy!  In SL there are so many talented musicians, artists and knowledgeable DJs. It’s why I’ve worked in music for so many years. ”

I asked Lulu how she chose her avatar name, and she said, “I knew I wanted my first name to be Lulu. Back then we could pick our own last names, and it was a toss up between Lulu Lulibub,  Lulu Ballyhoo, or Lulu Hulabaloo. Lulibub just rolled off the tongue smoother!”

In RL, Lulu lives in northern California, in the Mt. Shasta area, which is a gorgeous recreational area. She is single in RL, and has two children. Her son Michael is 28 and her daughter Courtney will be 25 soon. She also has two grandchildren — Abby, who is 7, and Allen who is almost 5. I asked Lulu what she does for a living in RL. She said, “I live the life of leisure. Now, if I just had the life of luxury . . .”

Lulu’s hobbies include camping, shooting pool, hiking, laughing and make others laugh.

STARS has live music three nights a week — Sundays, Tuesdays, and Mondays. Come by and say hello to Lulu. She never met a stranger, and will make you feel warm and welcomed.

Lastly, I asked Lulu to provide me with some pics that show the changes to her avatar over the years, since she’s been in SL so long. It’s fun to see how avatars change with the changes in SL.

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Lulu circa 2014
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Lulu circa 2009

Thank you  for reading, and see you at STARS!

~ Suzanne Piers, STARS Blogger

Music Matters 2017

“Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it’s essential to being human.”   ~ Jewel – singer, songwriter and instrumentalist

Music Matters

One of the strongest communities of people in SL are musicians and music lovers. Venues such as STARS abound, and the multitude of talented musicians across the grid is amazing. Coming in June, a special event called Music Matters 2017 will be held. Music Matters 2017 is a Second Life music community charity event, and all proceeds from the event benefit the RL charity Spread Music Now.

Music Matters is a group of Second Life performers & music lovers who come together once a year to raise money for children’s music education through Spread Music Now.

EVENT:  Music Matters 2017 (MM17)

WHEN:  Friday, June 23rd &  Saturday, June 24th

WHERE:  Second Life = Landmark to be provided later

BENEFITING:  Spread Music Now (SMN)

This event is ably coordinated by some amazing and talented people in the SL music world. Coordinating the event is AllieKattz Resident and Carol Greenwood, assisted by SL musician Collin Martin (collinmartin).

WHAT IS SPREAD MUSIC NOW?  WHY MUSIC?

SpreadMusicNow believes that by funding music programs that clearly foster an appreciation for music, children will reap the benefits of improved academic performance, awakened creativity, heightened self-esteem, and an overall sense of accomplishment.

Study after study proves that regardless of socioeconomic background, music- making students do better in school than those who have no music involvement. Whether it is improved spatial-temporal reasoning, which is integral to math, or repetition of tunes and melodies, which is integral to verbal memory, learning, playing and creating music benefits children in a myriad of ways.

**STARS** Dance Club and Star Journey are proud to be a Platinum Sponsor at this year’s event. The opportunity to support such a worthwhile cause is an honor and a privilege.

If you’d like to be part of this amazing event and support a worthwhile cause, below are the sponsorship levels and their cost. Please contact one of the event coordinators before June 15th to get in on this amazing opportunity.

SPONSORSHIP TIERS (Must Sponsor before June 15th)

$1,000L Bronze

• Sponsor’s name listed on Music Matters Event Facebook page.

• Sponsor’s Name listed on joint sign at event with other Bronze Sponsors

$2,000L  Silver

• Sponsor’s  name listed on Music Matters Event Facebook page

• Sponsor’s logo, website, Facebook page & SL Group URL listed on Event Facebook page

• Small sponsor logo on joint sign  with other Silver Sponsors at the event

$3500L Gold

• Sponsor’s  Name listed on Music Matters Event Facebook Page

• Sponsor’s Logo, Website, Facebook page & SL Group URL listed on Event Facebook Page

• Medium Sponsor logo on joint sign with other Gold Sponsors at the event

$5000L  Platinum

• Sponsor’s  Name listed on Music Matters Event Facebook Page.

• Sponsor’s logo, website, Facebook page & SL group URL listed on Event Facebook page.

• Large sponsor logo on joint sign with other Platinum Sponsors at the event.

USEFUL LINKS: Click on the blue link and another window will open.

Event Facebook Page

Spread Music Now Facebook Page

Spread Music Now Website

This Is Spread Music Now

Event Crowdrise Page

2016 Review

Please join us on Friday and Saturday, June 23rd and 24th, as we celebrate music and support a very worthy cause! See you there!

~ Suzanne Piers, **STARS** Blogger

STARS Welcomes Guitarhero!

Guitarhero Dougall HeadshotSoulvision was unable to be in world tonight for his regular gig, so we were pleased to welcome Guitarhero for his debut performance at STARS!

Guitarhero’s RL name is Douglas, and he is 49 years old. He has been in SL since 2005. He lives in Canton Ohio in the US and attends college full time, studying for his Audio Production B.S. degree. He sings in RL as well as SL.

Guitarhero’s taste in music is eclectic, including blues, jazz, classic rock, hard rock and other Americana styles. He’s been singing and playing music since he was 7 years old. And he’s been performing live in SL since 2006. He says he is a “relic musician.”

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The first instrument that Guitarhero learned to play was the accordion, and he quickly picked up many other instruments. Currently, his primary instruments are the acoustic and electric guitar. His secondary instrument is the bass guitar. His third instrument is anything keyboard based, including organ, synthesizer and piano. He can also owns and plays theramin. He is familiar with the mandolin and banjo, and also fluent with violin, double bass, cello, and viola. Lastly, but certainly not least, he plays harmonica and mouth harp as well.

Guitarhero’s electronic guitar is a 1980 Gibson ES-335-D.O.T. hollow-body double F-hole, double cut-away electric guitar. Guitarhero says “I use a large selection of vintage effects units that the guitar greats would have used. I then feed the signal into a live tube pre-amp and into a mixer. My vocal mic is a Audio-Technica® AT2035 mic and my other mic is a Shure® SM58 both into live tube pre-amps and again into the mixer.

“The mixer is a Mackie complete with its own built in pre-amps and effects. It uses a DBX compressor as an insert so there are no audio surprises or squeals. I feed the outputs to multiple locations for headphones and recording and the main output is fed to my computers Focusrite Sapphire Pro 40 audio interface.”

Guitarhero uses B.U.T.T. (Broadcast Using This Tool) to stream the mix into SL.

Schedule:
Click here: Guitarhero’s Calendar

Other social medial Links:

My Space

Facebook

You Tube

Twitter Feed

Welcome to STARS, Guitarhero!

~ Suzanne Piers, STARS Blogger

Cleveland Jam Live Stream at STARS!

Several times a year, live musicians from Second Life get together in various parts of the USA and hold “jams,” where they spend several days together playing music, partying, and generally have a wonderful time getting to know each other in real life!

On Thursday, Feb. 23rd STARS was proud to present SL musicians Ed Lowell, Annan Dreamscape, Bat Masters,Beth Odets, DandantheDoritoMan, ezcape Hax, Gandolf Mornington, Jeff Tully, Meetu Hannu, MrMulti Writer, Norith Westland, and Vinnie – all who live-streamed into Second Life directly from the Cleveland Jam!

These amazing and talented musicians provided laughter and fun along with some amazing live music. There were guitar players, mandolin players, keyboards, and lots of vocals. They did a fabulous job and we thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of live streaming their concert.

Here are some photos from the event:

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We hope to have them back again next jam!

~Suzanne Fromund (Suzanne Piers), STARS Blogger 🙂

New Stars in the Star Journey Galaxy!

art-gallery-external_001Adjacent to the STARS Dance Club is the Star Journey sim, which as I have mentioned before, allows you to take your own self-guided journey of self-discovery. Following that concept, Star Journey has embraced the creativity of the many artists in Second Life with its series of Gateway Galleries. These galleries reflect the 12 underlying themes that make up the Star Journey model. Artwork is selected for creativity and quality as well as fitting with these themes, which tell about a timeless step-by-step cycle of personal growth and development.

Here’s the SLURL to visit them all: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Star%20Journey/105/120/435

I     “I Am” Gallery    Artist:  Van Caerndow (Phil Strang in RL)

Artist Page: Van Caerdnow.

II     “I Want” Gallery    Artist: OPEN — available for artist exhibit

III  “I Relate” Gallery   Artist:  Genevieve Silvercloud

Artist Page: Genevieve Silvercloud

IV  “I Feel” Gallery   Artist:  Barret Darkfold

Artist Page: Barret Darkfold

V   “I Project” Gallery   Artist: Tayren Theas

Artist Page: Tayren Theas

VI   “I Become” Gallery   Artist: Kayli iali

Artist Page: Kayli iali

VII   “I Interact” Gallery   Artist: Milly Sharple

Artist Page: Milly Sharple

VIII   “I Care” Gallery   Artist: Sheba Blitz

Artist Page: Sheba Blitz

IX   “I Realize” Gallery   Artist: Kyoto

Artist Page: Kyoto

X   “I Perfect” Gallery   Artist: Sachi Novaki

Artist Page: Sachi Novaki

XI   “I Expand” Gallery   Artist: Fuchsia Nightfire

Artist Page: Fuchsia Nightfire

XI   “I Merge” Gallery   Artist: SkyBlue Earthboy

Artist Page: SkyBlue Earthboy

I hope you will explore these galleries and the amazing Star Journey sim very soon! This unique experience provides inner guidance and self-awareness in addition to being visually stunning.

~ Suzanne Piers, **STARS** Dance Club Blogger

Happy New Year!

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As I write this, 2017 is only a four hours away SL time. This is the time of year we take time to reflect on the past year, and think about what we want to accomplish in the coming year.

Each New Year provides us with the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start afresh, and shake the mistakes of the past year, embrace our successes and move forward to new challenges.

One of the things you could do to start your year off on the right foot is to take a journey of self-discovery at Star Journey, the sim adjacent to **STARS** Dance Club. Created by visionary author Richard Geer (Starman Heron in SL), Star Journey is a powerful tool for self-reflection, for your personal growth and transformation. Use it to tap inner knowing. You’ll discover valuable insights and develop practical ways to improve your life. Use Star Journey to solve problems, make decisions, or simply get fresh ideas about a personal challenge. Explore topics in your own life such as love, work, money, health, and more.

Star Journey is a real life personal growth path that can be followed in SL. You can find the starting point to your journey by following this SLURL:

Star Journey Landing Point

The Star Journey’s website is here: Star Journey Virtual Website

Beginning in January. I will showcase the 12 art galleries that correspond to the Star Journey tool.

**STARS** Dance Club wishes you the very happiest of New Years!

~ Suzanne Piers, **STARS** Dance Club Blogger

 

 

 

 

 

Hunting For The Keys!

keys-to-discovery-hunt-pic-2Have  you  been wanting to explore the Star  Journey sim next door to **STARS**  Dance Club? Well, here’s your chance! Not only will you be  taken on a journey to find the Keys to Discovery and self-knowledge. you will also win some fabulous prizes!

Starting on November 1st, 2016, Star Journey will be hosting a very special hunt. There are dozens of unique prizes, all with the purpose of acquainting you with aspects of the Star Journey tool in its virtual world format in Second Life. The “Keys to Discovery” Hunt will take you all over our island in search of 45 Golden Keys (see picture above). Collect at least 35, then you can redeem your prizes, which will be given to you in a large single “jackpot” of dozens of fabulous gifts.

The prize jackpot contains over L$20,000 worth of amazing Star Journey-themed prizes —  everything from custom clothing to cars! Perhaps the most special gifts are the hand-done art pieces donated by several of our exhibiting artists and as well as our designers/content creators. You can literally fill your home and garden with these very special and original works, which are guaranteed to be like nothing you have ever gotten from a hunt before! We’re even throwing in a skybox for hanging and showing the artwork!

Pictures of the sponsoring artists and creators’s gifts, along with their websites and SLurls, can be seen on the Star Journey website. Hunt details will be posted at our main landing beginning November 1st, 2016.

Start your hunt for the Keys to Discovery by clicking here!

Please visit the Star Journey website for more information about the artists, their websites and the beautiful art prizes they have donated! Click here: Star Journey’s Website

Don’t delay! This hunt ends on November 30th. You don’t want to miss out!

For more information, contact Starman Heron in world. Happy hunting!

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Autumn Has Fallen !

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Now that October is here, and the autumnal equinox has passed, we are officially in fall. The mornings are crisp and cool, afternoons are deliciously sunny and pleasantly cool. You can feel Mother Nature preparing for her long winter’s nap. The days shorten, plants and trees drop their leaves, and wood smoke from fireplaces curls through your nostrils and makes you think of toasted marshmallows and hot cocoa.

The early darkness enables one to curl up in a recliner with a good book, a blanket, and a glass of wine without a twinge of guilt. Fall and spring are transitional seasons, one bringing the earth into it’s winter hibernation; the other heralds the stirring of new life. renewal and reawakening as the earth yawns and stretches and wakes up.

For now, we anticipate fun fall activities, time with family and friends at the upcoming holidays, and our own transition into a slower pace as we move our activities indoors for the next few months.

Wandering into Second Life is a marvelous way to spend those longer fall evenings. There are many activities that still happen at **STARS** and at Star Journey, our sister sim adjacent to the club. We encourage you to come in a join us for our fall line up of wonderful live singers. While you’re here, please take the time to explore Star Journey.

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On Star Journey island you can solve a problem, take a few moments of self reflection, or just come and explore this peaceful environment. You’ll meet others from around the world with interests in self-exploration. Many of the Star Journey team can be found online to help visitors. You might even stick around for a free workshop and the opportunity to meet author Richard Geer (Starman Heron in SL).

There are also artists who display their amazing creations in the Star Journey art gallery. Star Journey proudly supports the creativity of artists in Second Life. Its series of Gateway Galleries reflects the 12 underlying themes that are part of the Star Journey model. Artwork is selected for creativity and quality as well as fitting with these themes, which tell about a timeless cycle of growth and development.

Visit the art galleries by clicking here:

You can view the virtual Star Journey’s website by clicking here.

SLURLS:

Star Journey: Click for SLURL

**STARS** Dance Club: Click for SLURL

We welcome friends old and new and hope that you will join us both at **STARS** and at Star Journey.

Happy Halloween!

~ Suzanne Piers Fromund, **STARS** Blogger