Meet our STARS! Lulu Lulibub, Club Hostess/Manager

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Lulu Lulibub, 2017

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 🙂

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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Star Journey Renovation Nearly Finished!

STARS Dance club owner and Star Journey author Starman Heron has undertaken a huge renovation of the Star Journey sim over the past few months. This labor of love has involved the creation of several different landscape designers and other artists who have contributed to this amazing and beautiful sim.

Following the guidance of Starman’s RL book, you can follow your own star journey, helping you find tools for self-reflection.

You can find the landing point by following this SLURL.

You must come explore and see for yourself, or attend one of Starman’s introductory seminars. Here are some pics of this wonderful, magical place.

~ Suzanne Piers, STARS Blogger

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Happy New Year!

2016

It’s hard to believe, but we’re a month into 2016 already. January passed in a flash and the rest of the year promises to pass just as quickly.

Quick fun facts about 2016:

• The high school graduating class of 2016 were born in 1998.

• Chinese New Year is on Monday, Feb. 8th. 2016, and is the Year of the Monkey!

• The Summer Olympics are being held this year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

• 2016 is a presidential election year in the US (just in case you’ve been living under a rock!)

• Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, so an early spring is predicted!

And last but certainly not least, the Star Journey sim redo is almost finished! It’s an incredible labor of love and worth a look. More about this soon!

~ Suzanne Piers, Blogger