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…
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!
OK, folks, I am calling on you to repent of your SINS! Come forward and dedicate your lives…to having fun and dancing up a storm! For two hours, we’ll be dancing and having fun to some of the most awesome gospel music, from old-time religious music to the most modern of remixes! Shake the dust from your feet and tap them to the most uplifting two hours of tunes you’ve ever heard! – Rhia C
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.
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…
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…
Though I did wonder what the celestial punishment would be for dancing on the head of an angel…
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:
Well it’s been a while since our last themed show, what with everyone being away on holiday over the summer, so I’ve had plenty of time to indulge myself in my most epic set build yet.
I’ve been very involved in the Sky Atlantic tv series, Penny Dreadful recently – if you haven’t seen it, I would highly recommend it. True gothic horror with Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and a host of other well known names.
Aaaanyway – there is a scene filmed in a Victorian tropical glass house that really caught my interest. The architecture is stunning, with all those glass curves and domes and tunnels. Then there is the undeniable beauty of the foliage and colours of exotic tropical plants and flowers. But beneath all that beauty, there is also a slightly sinister element. The delicate curtain of steamy mist that hangs in the air – the thick humid heat – the rich sweet scents.
In the scene from the programme, our heroine (or should that be anti-heroine?) is leaning over a delicate and beautiful flower, closing her eyes and inhaling its perfume as a beguiling Dorian Grey stands beside her and whispers in her ear.
“What does it say to you?”
“Touch me, with your finger, softly, with my scent on your neck. Open your lips and taste.” Vanessa, who seems to have forgotten herself, opens her eyes and stares at Dorian. He identifies the plant as deadly nightshade, a lethal plant.
“It seem so enticing and luxurious, but within, there’s a dark thing waiting…”
“Is it poisonous?” she asks him.
“Like all beautiful things, I hope so,” he replies.
I have paraphrased the actual dialogue a tad, but the overall atmosphere of hidden darkness just below the surface of all the delicate beauty was what appealed to me. So to that end, I threw myself into creating my own tropical Victorian butterfly house. And since I now have my nice big plot of mainland with a yummy big chunk of prims, I was able to go crazy. The build took over two months to complete and we finally managed to open it to our guests last weekend.
We hosted our Gothic Victoriana evening and between us, Sword and I (with some great suggestions from Lord Andy) put together a list of music that ranged from authentic Victorian, through period musical show tunes, but also with an undertone of darker music to balance all the grace and light.
As usual, all our guests made great efforts to dress the part and gave that extra touch of authenticity to the surroundings.
And as a final surprise at the end of the evening, the roof opened and we treated our guests to a stupendous fireworks display, with colours glittering off the glass walls and sparks flying up into the night sky…
The set will remain in place until the end of this month (October) so if you missed the show and would like to have a stroll around a lovely, relaxing tropical greenhouse, please feel free to pop by and visit – and don’t forget to sign the guest book!