Sunday March 7 was another amazing day for Oi Magazine.
We celebrated the release of our March issue and thanks to Moonde Magic and Colleen Bracken, owners of Moon Spirit Rising Dance Club, we did it with style.
We had a lot to celebrate, too.
Oi reached a personal record of 8,000 page views online for the March issue within 40 hours of release.
The Oi Magazine staff and friends shook their booties to some amazing tunes performed by Gina Stella, an incredible SL artist who gave this reporter goosebumps. Wow!
And it's thanks to club owners like Moonde and Colleen who embrace live music in Second Life® and offer this special brand of entertainment to music lovers throughout the grid.
I was the second guest to arrive at the hot and sexy skybox club that is Moon Spirit Rising.
A gold Oi logo graced the wall behind the stage, framed by a golden drapery, and it also covered a dance floor that would soon be trodden by happy dancing feet.
Aken Fuchs, a Moon Spirit Rising club owner and Gina Stella's partner in both SL and RL, had arrived ahead of me.
By the way, Aken is also a phenomenal musician.
I know because I've heard him and I strongly recommend you hear him, too.
Gina Stella appeared on stage looking exquisite in a sexy pink sequined mini dress and carrying a pink guitar.
Her pink furry boots completed her pastel ensemble.
We exchanged hellos, and then the lovely Moonde herself arrived.
Friendly chatter began in local and excitement was brewing for what we all knew would be an incredible show.
The beginning of lag crept into the club, which was to be expected considering the SIM had suffered a crash a few days earlier.
Guests were a little slow to rez, but once they did, it was full on party time.
Gina has the sweet voice of an angel, and her repertoire of music included not only pop favorites like Mad World and Bad Girl, but also some songs written and composed by the artist herself.
Gina sang a lovely original tune called Under the Same Moon.
Her talent for playing acoustic guitar knocked my socks off. Just beautiful. And she's funny, too!
She interacts well with an audience and is skilled at rousting a crowd with her good humor.
It was fun seeing some familiar faces and meeting new ones. A few of the other guests included fellow Oi Magazine reporter Liza Veliz, Gina's manager Lo Bloch, Trish Broek, Eli Schlegal, Sanne Brun, Christine Haiku, Scagg Pera, Khloe Condor, Atticus Westminster, Nya Raymaker, Adeon Silverfall, Moxee Farstrider and another Spirit Moon Rising owner, Demento Lunasea.
Oi Magazine publisher Krissy Sinclair joined us, but we missed Carmichael Caudron, who arrived a little later on the night.
The mood was festive and the dancing lively, as there were a number of peppy dance moves in the dance ball.
Moon Spirit has more to offer than just music and dancing though.
I'm a huge Midnight Mania fan and I was happy to slap all the MM boards they had in the lobby.
Can't pass up an opportunity like that!
The atmosphere of Moon Spirit is friendly and enthusiastic for a club that's only been open since October of 2009. They feature live music at least six times a month, and offer a variety of genres and styles that will please any musical pallet.
There's something for everyone.
You'll be interested to know that 100 percent of the club's proceeds go toward live entertainment.
Their subscribe-o-matic is a convenient way to join the club's group and receive notices of upcoming venues.
There are currently six DJs working for Moon Spirit who provide club-goers with an impressive array of lively music from Trance to Pop.
DJ Archangelo Hellman, Trance aficionado, shares similar musical tastes with club DJs Butch Diavalo and Yannis Martivov.
DJ Sergio Handcroft is versatile in his mixes and gives clubbers everything from Pop to Big Band sounds.
DJ Splash Kidd is Dance style. On Sundays, the Daley Dose Dancers come in to bring the club some old school line dancing.
Gina closed her set with a cute number she called Smelly Cat.
I have three smelleh kittehs mahself lol
Her song brought plenty of giggles from the crowd, who were still giddy from this nightingale's incredible performance. I left the party a member of Gina's fan club, and received a sample CD of her music.
I love it and listen to it all the time.
Thank you, Moonde and Colleen, for throwing such a great party.
And thanks to all of you for reading.
Take care and hugs to each and every one.
Chalice Piers, Oi Magazine Press