Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The last time she saw....June?

Oh my, where 'did' June go? Well, I know how I am going to spend my last Tueday night of the month. Tonight at 7pm, SL time, I am going to be listening to the fabulous tunes one Miss Daisy Ogleby! Where will 'you' be?


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I'm Playing My Old Victrola Tonight at 7

Come down and dance... Let's see if you can make the needle skip!


Sunday, June 20, 2010

*blinks blearily* Did Last Night Really Happen?

I woke this morning with a bowler under my pillow and sand in my eyes... Stumbled to the bathroom and saw I had red lipstick smeared across my face all the way to my ear! Yes, last night at -The Vault- was THAT fun!!! I hope you were here to see Violet dressed as Alex from Clockwork Orange, Dita as Marilyn Monroe, Q as Elvis in Blue Hawaii, Darwin as Yoda (with tuxedo!), and me as Sally Bowles (Liza Minelli) in Cabaret.

Violet played for two hours and that party was the standard mayhem you've come to expect at events here at -The Vault-, with the added bonus (burning sensation?) of Gee on the mic with Violet. Then Louise took over the stream and really... things went downhill. Isn't that slide fun!!?? Robert1971 passed out a naughty monkey and Q felt the need to stretch his groin... ew.

To all of you who joined us at -The Vault- last night... Thank you! YOU make the party FUN!!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Songs from the Silver Screen Tonight 9 pm sl time

Join Violet and me tonight at -The Vault- Vintage Jazz Club for tunes from your favorite movies. And, if you like, dress up as your favorite movie star or character. Or as a star or character you can pull off without buying a bunch of new stuff. If you want to create a Josephine Baker or Louise Brooks look, be sure to check out the shops around -The Vault- here in Old Hollywood. You're sure to find the perfect dress/shoes/accessories to perfect your vintage style.


Friday, June 18, 2010

It's Dean Martin! No, wait--It's Crooner Carlucci!

Crooner Carlucci is here tonight, folks!
-The Vault- Vintage Jazz Club is THE place to be tonight at 7 pm sl time as Crooner takes the stage and steals your heart. Enjoy a martini or 3 as he sings our favorite pop standards Rat Pack style.

And just for fun, a Dean Martin quote:

"I'd hate to be a teetotaler. Imagine getting up in the morning and knowing that's as good as you're going to feel all day."

Ooh... Crooner's left the stage and is singing right in front of me! Serenading me! *swoons*

Thursday, June 17, 2010

10 pm Tonight: Mr Bluemonk Rau

First your foot starts tapping... Then your head starts bobbing to the beat... Then you just gotta get up and dance! Bluemonk Rau brings his Hammond organ to -The Vault- tonight. This man could coax the boogie-woogie outta peanut butter. Come check him out!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Calling all Jazz Cats, Cupcakes, and Dollfaces!

Who: DJ DavidJoshua Artful
What: Big Band & Swing Tunes
When: Tonight 10 pm sl time
Where: -The Vault- Vintage Jazz Club http://slurl.com/secondlife/Old%Hollywood/54/55/37
Why: Well... Why not? David has the biggest, swinging-est library of music in SL, and knows how to keep the party hopping! Jump, Jive, and Wail to your favorite hits of the 30s, 40s, and 50s with us tonight... See old friends, make some new ones, have a drink or three, and have fun here at -The Vault- Vintage Jazz Club at the corner of Sunset & Vine in Old Hollywood.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

30s and 40s Big Band and Swing Tonight 7-9 pm sl time

I'll just put some of the bands/singers I'll be playing at -The Vault- tonight and you can decide how badly you want to be there!

Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Etta James (rawr!), Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima (those Louis's were some fabulous dudes!), Mel Torme, Dean Martin, Eartha Kitt, Bobby Darrin, Count Basie, Charles C. Trenet...

In other words, you wanna be there really bad. See you at 7!


Monday, June 14, 2010

DJ Louise Henusaki Loves The Beatles!

She loves you, yeah yeah yeah!

Come to -The Vault- tonight at 8 pm sl time for Louise's Beatles set... all Beatles! For two hours and maybe more, for the benefit of Mr Kite, and all of you too!!!

And, today's question: Who is your favorite Beatle? Do you like Paul's boyish good looks? John's uber-cool laid-back vibe? George's quiet wit? Or Ringo's goofy head-bob? Leave your vote in the Comments for this post!


Friday, June 11, 2010

Mr. Crooner Carlucci Plays at the Vault

I Axe you very confidentially, Ain’t he great?

Mr. Crooner Carlucci

By Fox Ravenheart

On Friday Night, May 21st, Mr. Crooner Carlucci premiered at our local clip joint, The Vault. With his smooth olive oil voice, he took us back to a time:

“To share some memories of here, there and everywhere,” Crooner tells us at the start of his show.

The house lights go dim. Spirits of cigarette smoke from Lucky Strikes float and mingle in the beams of the stage lights. The audience goes quiet, the only sound the clink of martini glasses and the stirring breath of young lovers at the back of the club. Crooner adorns his sooty fedora, takes the mic in hand and Flies us to the Moon.

I’ve been a Crooner fan since my incipient days in the realm of Second Life. All the man had to do to put me on Cloud 9 and bring a smirk to my mug was sing a little Sinatra, tip his hat and give a wink. I wanted to know this smooth smoky gentleman better, so I got him on the Ameche to talk about his journey.

“Good evening Fox,” he greets in me in that smoky voice of his, reminding me of the factories of industrial world of his home in Niagara, Ontario, the cascading flow of cadence drawn from the waterfalls that flow when he sings.

Crooner Carlucci, in first life David Iannandrea, was a square at school, shy, never did school speeches, just kept to himself and listened to music. At the age of thirty, he visited a local karaoke bar, The Belmont Hotel in his hometown of Port Colborne, Ontario—

“What a dive! It’s still there!” Crooner told me.

He played darts, sucked down a few fingers of gin, but didn’t dare get up in front of an audience to sing. However a friend at the bar kept at him, and one night he joined her in a duet, singing Cruisin’ by Smoky Robinson.

“I didn’t perform it very well.”

But Crooner got an itch. He dug singing for an audience. He did a couple more songs that night, and he started to practice at home. The classic crooner in Rat Pack spirit was born, and the closet lounge singer in Crooner was set free to sing and descant and scat.

His career progressed when a friend emailed him about an Elvis competition. The hip Crooner happily joined, Elvis being a major influence. He began performing a Movie Year’s Elvis Tribute with friends. Then Dean Martin came along, contributing to his style. He’s been performing ever since, drawing from many artists.

He’s performed at points far and wide: Baltimore, Maryland; Albany, New York; Montreal in Quebec, Canada; Jamestown; and his hometown Port Colborne, Ontario—and of course here in Second Life.

Joi—a platinum doll—Crooner’s manager, friend and recent owner of The Star Bar Martini & Jazz club where she has hosted, managed and arranged acts for the last two years, told me of the first time she heard Crooner. She’d learned about him from friends; she was told of a fantastic singer she must go and hear.

“He was amazing. I was awestruck. Lol. Still am. But very glad we have become friends. I joined his 1st Life fan club, and he sent me some MP3s.”

Crooner performs at her club most Wednesdays at 7PM, or if the stars are in our favor, for impromptu performances.

Crooner has many influences, yet he defines his own music. He’s an original, meshing the various styles together into a unique and modern performance. Not only is his voice vivacious and takes you on high like a moonrise, he also mingles his avatar among his audience, often serenading young lovers in the old nightclub style, bringing his listeners into his act.

His song book is varied: Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Patsy Cline and myriad other singers from the last century. His voice is a ship that sets his audience sailing back into time, when nightclub minstrels sang pure of heart, of love—always of love. What else is there to sing of?

On Friday night, Crooner brought his act to The Vault Vintage Jazz Club. Crooner was born to play there. He was the olive in the martini. I’m a regular at The Vault; in fact, in front of the stage you’ll see a green chair and table reserved for me—an iconic ring stained on the tablecloth from my teacup. The place is homage to the nightclubs of the mid twentieth century, complete with spinning door and a stage landing.

The regular Joe Palookas and Marys had already filled the club, wearing fine evening ware—the guys in black suits; the flappers in gowns and pearls. The club was already jumping—tumblers wet with gin in hand and the kids out on the dance floor. Crooner took the stage, started to sing and lit the place up like a match to a vat of kerosene. His energy infected the crowd, stirred them up. After a few numbers, the place was swarming like a mad swarm of bees.

“I had to mop the floors after Crooner melted all those hearts in here,” Quentin Falworth, owner of The Vault, told me after the show.

Crooner will be playing on Friday evenings at The Vault. We hope you come down and hear this talented performer.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Summertime at -The Vault- Sat Jun 12 9 pm slt

It's "Summertime" here in Old Hollywood and it's just "Too Darn Hot." Quentin has a "Fever" (though he really can't blame it on the weather), but other than that it's "Blue Skies" on this corner of the grid. We'd welcome a "Cool Breeze," but instead we'll make "Tangerine" and "Passion Flower" martinis. Join us from 9-11 pm sl time at -The Vault- for Violet Ormenthal's musical tribute to summertime. Wear your beach/swimwear and see what it's like "On the Sunny Side of the Street." Cheers!


Saturday, June 5, 2010

-The Vault-'s Loveliest Flowers

Date: Saturday, June 5
Time: 9 pm sl
Location: -The Vault- Jazz Club, Old Hollywood
Event: Violet and Daisy are back together again!!!

Put on your dancing shoes and join us tonight! Violet's spinning the sweetest swing, jazz, and blues, and I'm back as your host.... You knew I couldn't stay away too long! I've missed all of you!!! Come say hi, see old friends, make some new ones, and boogie-woogie the night away with Violet and me!