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 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.
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!
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…
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!
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).
- Everyone’s got love bites but me – The Whiskey Priests
- Clear White Light – Lindesfarn
- Gypsy Dance – All About Eve
- Lark in the Morning – Fairport Convention (ft Dave Swarbrick)
- Old No 7 – Devil Makes Three
- Ace of Spades – Hayseed Dixie
- Amsterdam – Al Stewart
- Angel Delight – Fairport Convention
- Bangor and Mash – Devil Makes Three
- All Along the Watchtower – Bob Dylan
- Candy – Paolo Nutini
- Please Don’t Throw me to the Christians – Wild Willy Barrett
- Carnival Girl – Martin Harley Band
- The Crane Wife 3 – Marianne Faithfull & Nic Cave
- Cripple Creek – Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
- Fisherman’s Blues – Waterboys
- Hangin’ ‘Round – Lou Reed
- Hey Joe – Otis Taylor
- Hurt – Johnny Cash
- Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons
- Love in the Afternoon – Martin Harley Band
- Marrakesh Express – Crosby, Stills & Nash
- Battle of Evermore – Led Zeppelin (ft Sandy Denny)
- Mountain Dew – Grandpa Jones
- The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band
- The Queen and the Soldier – Suzanne Vega
- The Return of Pan – The Waterboys
- Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills & Nash
- Swing Live Away (Acoustic version) – Rise Against
- Ten Million Slaves – Otis Taylor
Now those of you who know me will know that I’m not generally a shy, retiring kinda girlie – so with that in mind, I went all out and made myself a totally indulgent party room, complete with purple bouncy castle, unicorns, fountains, rainbows and anything else that took my fancy. I had an absolute blast and even had a purple padded floor.
The invitations were sent out, demanding that all the guests wore their biggest, poofiest, sparkliest princess gowns, including the boys (although I was nice and said that those fellas not quote confident enough to show off their knees in a frock could come as our handsome princes). A big shout out has to therefore go to the very brave and self-assured Mr Gerard Winstanley for donning a particularly charming little number and showing off his legs for the entire evening 🙂
We had a fabulous turnout and I would like to give a huge “Thank You” to my wonderful DJ’s, Sword and Rhia, who really made the evening with their great music. Rhia even went as far as to sing happy birthday to me, in that knee-wobblingly melty voice of hers that had most of the crowd a bit flushed by the time she had finished.
I rezzed out every bit of food and drink I had and as usual, over-catered by a mile.
Here’s some pics of the crowd in all their full princess glory….
….although the prize for the most insanely huge dress is a toss up between Emma, and her outrageous hair…
We ended the evening with a gorgeous firework display that really looked amazing as the coloured explosions lit up the rainbows and sparkles of the set.
So once again – I would like to say a massive thank you to Sword and Rhia for DJing for me, for G-man for being the only guy to wear a dress, and to everyone else for being there. I had the BEST time and hope you did too! 😀
And finally……because I couldn’t decide which dress to wear, I wore them all…so here, because I’m the birthday princess and I can, is a totally gratuitous slide show just of ME and my dresses! 😀