Saturday, June 25, 2011

Jazz Venue Reviews: The Elegance House of Jazz

Hello!  Been a bit since the last venue entry, but I'm afraid that catching up with the remaining blogs (not to mention RL) has cut in a bit club reviews.  Not to worry, however, as today is a hidden gem, which is not only a pleasure to visit, but lag free, and a nice overall atmosphere.  This hip new joint is a small corner of SL called the Elegance House of Jazz.

Main dance floor of the EHOJ

There are plenty of locations to enjoy Jazz in SL, each with their own quirks... and these quirks can be good, or not so good.  However, one of the circumstances I often encounter is when my dear Breezy get a yen to do a bit of pixel twisting, and sweetly asks me to take her someplace.  Often times, I've furiously sifted through odd titles of clubs I've never seen before, playing the "search lotto".  Sadly, my luck mirrors RL - the "Jazz" club is garish, a lag fest, or even worse, play no Jazz music at all - just something unintelligible (I can handle bebop & improvisation, but if it takes a turn into "rap music", it might as well be Belorussian farmer folk music - no offence to Belorussians)!

Playing a tune at the EHOJ

But... one does get lucky at times... which is exactly what happened when I spun the wheel and landed on the Elegance House of Jazz!  The Elegance House of Jazz (EHOJ) is an excellent getaway for enjoying Jazz in SL.  As previously mentioned, the main club is well laid out, lag-less, and though the Jazz selection tends to veer more towards the Jazz-Soul branch of the Jazz tree, the selection is very good.

Breezy said she'd only "be a minute" in the powder room!  
Seriously, how long does it take to visit the ladies room?

Interestingly enough, there is more to explore at the EHOJ.  The club is only one part of the entire complex - there is a clothing stores, which are common enough, but there is a Cognac & Cigar Lounge, a McDonalds, and even a Starbucks on site!  I'd certainly recommend a visit to EHOJ, enjoy the atmosphere (more modern than I usually follow, but very well-done within a modern theme), have a cigar, or even an espresso after a long night of dancing!  To pay a visit, please turn to:

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Seraph City Travelogue: The Empire Jazz Club

The entrance of the Empire Jazz Club

I've covered quite a bit of SL Jazz during the few years of the SL Jazz After Midnight, but one locale that I've neglected has been my own proverbial back yard, Seraph City (SC).  As SL's first dedicated attempt at a Dieselpunk themed sim, the build has a number of interesting structures and locations.  One of which is my own small jazz venue, the Empire Jazz Club.

The main floor of the club, with the dance heart just above!

When SC first started, I didn't want a residential location, so coupled with my indulgence of jazz, I decided to add a small club, reminiscent of the idealized small jazz holes of the '30s and '40s.  As I've never been accused of being a builder, I chose to find an existing work to fit the bill.  I found Miss Blue Jishnu's Art Deco Jazz Club, which was perfect, though she was kind enough to make a few small modification to its dimensions to fit the plot its on.

The stage at the Empire Jazz Club

There have been inquiries regarding events or chantuses visiting, but for the time being, it is what you see - a small place to listen to jazz, or perhaps dance with that special friend.  There remains the distinct possiblity of a future event, depending on some developing circumstances, but for the time being, its just a place to relax and enjoy some music.  To visit it, please turn to:

An overview of Parc de la Siren

An odd circumstance developed from the size of the Empire Jazz Club, however.  I ended with a large space behind the build, adjacent to a similar issue with my dear partner Breezy Carver.  Over time, this blank spot has housed general builds, storefronts, and even a movie studio, but nothing ever seemed quite right.

The entrance to Parc de la Siren

This question has vexed me until the other day, when I decided to renovate the location into my attempt at an era park.  Parc de la Siren is a small attachment where one can indulge in more music after shopping at the Carrington, or if one wishes not to be enclosed inside the club.  Plenty of space for a bit of dancing is available, and one can use the dance generators from inside the club, or the one hidden just off the main park, by the water.

The widow's bench, overlooking the sim's edge

The park is still a work in progress, so it might look a *tad* different from these photos, but it will essentially remain the same.  So if one wishes to dance under the virtual stars, or simply have a small locale to think, IM, or just watch the sunrise, do consider Parc de la Siren, at: