Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Molaskey's Pub (12.20.10)


I've said it before and I'll say it again: Molaskey's Pub is a great place to perform live music in Second Life. I really think I've figured out what separates places like Molaskey's from hundreds of other music venues in SL:

1. They really like music.
2. They keep the place well staffed with people who know what they're doing.
3. They go the extra mile to help promote shows.
4. They really make artists feel welcome.
5. It's a cool place where people like to hang out, regardless of who's playing.

Those are five BIG things that I don't take for granted. As you can see at the top of this post, they've also started doing something I think is very, very smart: they're doing live audio/video feeds of events at Molaskey's on Ustream. This allows people who aren't in SL to see what it's all about, which in turn entices them to come in and join the fun. I don't know any other SL venue who is doing this, so hats off to the Molaskey's team in putting this together.

Me, doing my thing. Just another gig on an ice skating rink in a virtual world. I'm still amazed that this is even possible, despite having done it for four years. Photos by Kat.

A Fun Show
Last night's show was as fun as it always seems to be at Molaskey's. On Kat's advice, I pulled out some covers I hadn't done in a long time, and they turned out great. We had a good crowd there of fun and happy folks, and as you can see, the place was appropriately decked out for the holiday season. Most of the Zaksters came out to enjoy the tunes and the virtual ice skating, and both my voice and guitar were cooperating with me for the most part. Definitely one of the better shows of 2010, and there have been lots of good ones this year, so it's no mean feat.

Good times at Molakey's.

Molaskey's Set List...
Free Man in Paris (Joni Mitchell)
This Afternoon (Zak Claxton)
Any Major Dude (Steely Dan)
Ashes to Ashes (David Bowie)
Falling Down (Zak Claxton)
Thank U (Alanis Morissette)
Always Tomorrow (Zak Claxton)
Things Behind the Sun (Nick Drake)
Behind Blue Eyes (The Who)
Old Man (Neil Young)
†Long December (Counting Crows)

†Not surprisingly, the last time I played "Long December" was December 23, 2009.

Live music, ice skating, and snow-covered palm trees. Not a bad way to spend a Monday night. Not at all.

Huge thanks to all who supported my show at Molaskey's Pub!
Jordan Hazlitt, Cellandra Zon, Nasus Dumart, Triana Caldera, Diana Renoir, Mia Kitchensink, Xerxes Ninetails, Cicadetta Stillwater, simple Winsmore, Shmoo Snook, Kat Claxton, Crap Mariner, Capos Calderwood, and of course, the rest of the great Molaskey's team... Katydid Something and Apple MacKay!

1 comment:

Katydid Something said...

Thanks for the great words about Molaskey's Pub, Zak! We do work hard to try and make it a place that people want to come back to... including the musicians! See you back here soon!