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).
It’s been a while since our last themed extravaganza so this Friday we held another one of our popular events. We decided to call it the Songs of Fire & Ice, in honour of the new season of Game of Thrones. The set was truly the epitome of “Winter is Coming” and we had several diehard fans in their winter woollies.
Sword work really hard to put together what he called his “ice songs”, which was a collection of Icelandic music, ranging from gently haunting mellowness, via the beautifully eccentric Bjork, with a touch of Viking thrash, with even a touch of Nordic mandolin jig!
The starlight sparkles off the snowy wastes as the dark and mysterious stranger appears on the horizon, his black cloak flowing behind him, making him almost become as one with his midnight steed. The figure of the rider and his horse slowly comes out of the veil of mist created by the steam from the distant hot geysers, the horse’s hooves crunching softly in the freshly fallen snow. Faint reflections of the Aurora Borealis glisten eerily on it’s ebony flanks. The rider glances into the foreground, as if expecting someone. He looks around the icy tundra and smiles. His people are coming.
He is the Bringer of Music and the Gatherer of the Clans. When he calls, the people come.
Štärfällsøn settles himself on his mount, waits for the clan to come together, raises his hand, and as all eyes look towards him, the music begins to flow…
The haunting melodies of Icelandic electro band, GusGus:
And as promised, here’s some unexpected Nordic rock, but with fiddles and mandolins!
Carnival with Marcel’s
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! 😉 )
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…
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.
As usual, everyone went all out with their costumes and the feathers were flying all evening….
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…
Starry starry night….
This is a repeat of a show we did a couple of years ago, and as it was rather popular, we decided to run it again for our newer guests.
It was a musical and pictorial homage to the great Vincent Van Gough, and his beloved Paris, where he was inspired to paint so many of his masterpieces.
Guests arrived to find themselves at the end of a long, low lit gallery, with a selection of some of my favourite Van Gough paintings hung on either side of the room. At the far end of the room is the beautiful Café Terrace at Night, brightly lit with a warm, welcoming glow.
The guests took their time in strolling through the gallery, admiring the paintings and pausing in front of their own favourites, whilst Sword played a musical accompaniment of French background music.
Then as the guests slowly got closer to the big painting at the far end of the gallery, they realised that the floor began to gently slope upwards, and as they continued to walk closer…the found that they were walking onto the cobbled street of the painting!
It’s always those moments that I cherish, when I have made a set that brings ooh’s and aaah’s of surprise from our guests – when they find that little twist that I like to add to all my builds – the little something that makes them smile.
With laughs and amazement, the polite art gallery guests began to relax and enjoy the brightly coloured café atmosphere, sitting at tables and ordering drinks, or dancing and swirling amongst the ‘resident’ figures. Sword entertained us with a wonderfully upbeat set of French tunes, which really lent the perfect background to the evening.
It made quite a contrast to look out of the bright lively painting into the now gloomy gallery, to see a distant mirror image of the painting on the far wall…
As the evening drew to a close, Sword played one of my favourites songs, “Vincent”, by Don Maclean. I dimmed the lights inside the painting and floated some stars into the sky to send a fond farewell and goodnight to the great artist, as well as our dear friends and guests.
And here is Mr Maclean, singing “Vincent”, set to one of the loveliest bits of SL film I have seen – enjoy 🙂
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!