I love Fridays. Walking out of work. Dreaming of a nice martini when I finally get home. The thought of sleeping past 5am. Best part though? Knowing in a few hours I’ll get to hear the Black Eyed Peas and meet up with my friends at the Empire Room. Full disclosure, SL was being a little bugger to me on Friday, so Ame helped me with Nevar, Ally and SexyS because I only got to catch part of Ally’s set at rehearsal and not either of the others…so bless you Ame!! Our beloved Fuki is once again responsible for the great photos.
Our evening began with the boundless music library that is our Gunner with Paul and Ally greeting everyone. I heard the buffet was great and no one got splinters or pulled any muscles trying to warm up backstage. We had a theme, which was The Blues….and what a bunch of great music found it’s way to our stage!
Nevar opened with a dance that he created in response to the massacre in Orlando. He was joined by Ame, Zach, SoCo, Nadi and Seth and danced to “Stand By Me” by Playing for a change. Nev’s dance was a dance of love and hope. On the stage were rotating pictures of No hate and loving one another no matter who they are. This dance was choreographed the day after the tragedy at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and this was reflected in the armbands and shirts using the logo created in memory of the event. I know that Nev was floored by the response that he got from our guests, he shared some with me, and as a dancer, there is nothing better (at least for me) than when I know what I created touched the heart of someone in the audience.
Ally was up next and she chose “Your Heart Is As Black As Night” by Beth Hart featuring Joe Bonamassa. Wow. and….I’m done. Seriously, Ally and I chatted and she’s been learning a lot about light effects…and holy cow wow. She was in a dark tunnel with fans and legs up to….the sky…and she had blue lights that reflected from her feet and from the fans on the walls and floor of the tunnel. It was spectacular. I am now going to pick her brain and try to learn how she is going all this cool stuff. It was super…if you don’t see her around…it has nothing to do with me kidnapping her and holding her hostage until she shares her knowledge….I know nothing….
SexyS was up next…and Ame cracked me up. She wasn’t really sure of the inspiration for SexyS dance. SexyS is clearly a one of a kind mind in the world of SL dance. There is nothing at all off limits. I have seen her do the sexiest dances, put together unbelievable shows and….be eaten by a couch. She’s also the person who first dragged me up on a stage to dance…so do what you will with that knowledge. Her song was “The Booze Blues” by ABCD so what followed shouldn’t have been a surprise. She was a drunk star with ratted hair and a large bottle of alcohol in front of a group of paparazzi. She crashed into the Betty Ford Center. This is the essence of the enigma that is the joy that is…..SexyS!
This brings us to Lulu. Lulu has fabulous taste in music. She and I chose the same song….but different versions 🙂 Lulu’s version of “I Put A Spell On You” was by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and she was a sexy witch with a pentagram and one sad little voodoo doll on a chair, who looked just a wee bit worse for wear. She also had some delighful little particles that floated around and gave the set which also had a big spell book on it the air of an old attic with some dust motes in a sunbeam…or moonbeam where she was working her magic. It was a beautiful set…as her sets always are, and it was wonderful to have her back with us.
Ame brought us to an old fashioned blues joint….the kind I would be at home in in no time flat. Pour me a nice Basil Hayden, uncover the dart board and let the guitars start wailing….bliss! She was joined by Zach, Nevar, Renee,Seb and Nadi. John Lee Hooker (god) and Bonnie Raitt’s (goddess) version of “I’m In The Mood” seeped out of my speakers and frankly, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a sexier dance and everyone kept their clothes on!! Not that Baby was encouraging everyone to take them off 🙂 Smexy Ame….wildy sexy! *fans herself all over again*
Corri was up next to one of my favorite singers…..the incomparable Ms. Nina Simone. “Sugar In My Bowl” has to be one of the sexiest songs of all time. I adored what she did with this set….there was a kitchen table with a tea…coffee…tea? set with a sugar bowl and the most delighfully sexy little bee dancing. Pretty much everyone wanted to catch her and bring her home to live in harmony with their honey jar. It was such a spot on interpretation and costume; just fabulous!
This brings us to me. I was on my own Ms. Nina Simone kick and I chose her version of “I Put A Spell On You”. I think I came at this from a darker place than usual. I had a pyre, a full moon and a rotating spell circle and some fun fog. I cleary wanted to punish Mr. Wrong and I put on my sexiest leather to make him rue the day he did whatever bad, bad thing it was that he did. Ok, now I’m just laughing a little as I type…I loathe reviewing my own dance, but I did sort of want that sexy, darker vibe that I don’t often do.
Oodlemi Noodle or Oods as we all call him made his debut at Empire for Blues Night. He chose “Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr. Before I review his dance….damn I love his name. It brings a smile to my face even on a super cranky day…so knowing he’s dancing with us means…more smiles all around:) Oods was awesome, in NYC, at the top of a set of subways stairs…with some animations that had us a wee bit worried about the cleanliness of said sidewalks. Great song, cool set and great animations…Welcome to the family Oods, we’re thrilled to add another wonderful dancer to the ranks 🙂
Baby took us out and she also broke us out. Her brain….just too much fun…there has to be a whole team of crazy, fun little gnomes that live up there. Baby was a very well dressed visitor at a local lockup. The song was “Please Mr. Jailer” by Crybaby. Gunner was the jailer and let’s just say this….after Baby’s little lapdance I’m pretty sure that his inability to stand up was what led to the escape of Seb, Zach, Paul and Nevar from their jail cells. Our orange-clad convicts were more than happy to celebrate their freedom and once again…time to raid Baby’s closet for coolest oufits ever!
Our resident sex kitten…Kyshra,was in charge of the crowd dances and she manages to make even me look hotter than hell up there which is always so much fun 🙂 Even being a choreographer, it’s so cool to get up and see us all dancing together and having a blast. SL was only moderatly buggery for loading us all up and we ended our night with Nina Simone’s “Feelin Good”, Alberta Adams’ “Struttin My Stuff” and The Jeff Healy Band’s “The House That Love Built”. Three amazing songs to guide our weary souls into the weekend.
Thank you all so very much for joining us and supporting us so that we can continue to enjoy our Friday nights with you all. On behalf of all the staff….we can’t wait to see you again this Friday! Welcome to another weekend!!