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It looks like the vote board is starting to catch on a bit as I see consistently higher scores from almost everyone. So the Riverside community must be adjusting to it and having some fun too or they wouldn’t be voting. Glad to see it. I am also really glad to see some of the tunes aren’t known as hits too.

There are obviously some favourites out there as Joe Bonamassa making the list twice and Marc Broussard making it two weeks in a row with “Home” will attest but I also like the fact that three songs I am not familiar with were successful too. There were some old classics charting as well. This is exactly what I hope for when I think about what music is played at Riverside. Some contemporary favourites, some old classics and some lesser known artists getting some exposure. It makes for a good mix.

1.  The Chi-Lites – Oh Girl – 280.27 – Raymond65 Docherty
2.  Marc Broussard – Home – 227.62 – Mac Ronas
3.  Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey – 180.01 – MoonMaiden Horner
4.  Ruthie Foster – It Makes No Difference – 149.41 – Raymond65 Docherty
5.  Joe Bonamassa – Sloe Gin – 124.72 – Graylon Ash
6.  Trampled Under Foot – Heart On The Line – 124.48 – Jordan Morgenrote
7.  Joe Bonamassa – Feelin’ Good – 124.07 – Xavia Palmira
8.  Roomful Of Blues – Albi’s Boogie – 120.31 – Hy Gynoid
9.  Markus James – Need A Believer – 114.99 – Catrin Galaxy
10.Grace Potter and The Nocturnals – Paris (Ooh La La) – 114.84 – Xavia Palmira

Be proud! Be very proud! The True Bluesers have once again met and then exceeded expectations. On Sunday afternoon our Relay For Life team Captain MoonMaiden Horner was handed an award on behalf of the RFL True Bluesers For a Cure team. It is a Sapphire Award. This is a level that most won’t get to at the end of the Relay but our folks achieved it half way through.

It is a real testament to the generosity and caring that makes the Riverside community special. We may not be the biggest community but I would put us up against anyone. So thanks to all of you, Riverside staff and guests, for helping to raise 1.235 million lindens to this point. A remarkable achievement.

Captain Moonie with the Riverside’s Sapphire Award from Relay For Life.

We still have some great events coming up too. This weekend will see the start of our Celebrity Event. A series of Spring Concerts in the Park. These concerts will have the DJ and host putting on a tribute show for a specific artist. If possible they will dress like the artist and provide a biography between the music.

The list of concerts is as follows:

Ray & Delia – Jimi Hendrix – May 20th
Jordan & Possum – Dion – May 20th
Rinda & CJ – Eric Clapton- May 22nd
Graylon & Cay – Santana – May 23rd
Xia & Cay – Big Mama Thornton – May 23rd
Lolli & Charlie – Allman Brothers – May 23rd
Chevy & Host TBA – Etta James – May 24th
Xavia & Aly – Janis Joplin – May 24th
Foxy & TraCee – Keb Mo – May 24th
Dagger & Julie – Black Crowes – May 24th
Moonie & Rinda – The Blues Brothers – May 25th
Piffy & Vali – ZZ Top – May 26th
Mac & Piffy – John Lee Hooker – May 26th
Catrin & OnlyOne- Joe B. & Beth Hart – May 26th
Messalina & Kitty – Katie Webster – May 26th
Bree & Julie – Bonnie Raitt – May 27th

This should be a great time. We hope to see you folks for some or all of these events. Keep your eyes open. More concerts may be added.

The Riverside’s vote board is certainly garnering a bit of attention. Most of it positive. Some negative. The negative comments are mostly concerned that the DJ’s will use the information to put greatest hits playlists together. Thus, becoming a “Top 40” style club. I am pretty sure that this won’t happen. I can speak for myself and a few other DJ’s in the club in that most of us are constantly looking for new songs and artists. We could pack our sets with Joe Bonamassa and Stevie Ray Vaughan. We don’t though because most of us have played these artists so much we would rather just play them as requests. I believe if the guest is bored with the music then the DJ is probably more so.

The vote board’s intention is only to be some fun for the guests not to decide what the DJ playlists will be. Most of the DJ’s know what is popular. They see it from the reaction in local. Most people will tell you when they like a song but not many will tell you when they don’t enjoy one. This is where the vote board becomes useful I think. It tells us the songs you don’t like or have no reaction too. This is more useful than showing us what song really did well. So instead of putting a bunch of ‘hits’ in our sets which would get really boring for everyone it does allow us to weed out the duds that people don’t like.

Here’s this week’s Top 10.

1. Levon Helm – When I Go Away – Moon – 189.66
2. Isley Brothers – Shout (Parts 1 & 2) – Sherman – 174.59
3. Johnny Sansone – The Lord Is Waiting And The Devil Is Too – Ray – 149.67
4. Leon Russell – Medley: Jumpin’ Jack Flash/Young Blood – BC – 145.68
5. Joe Bonamassa – Sloe Gin – Graylon – 124.72
6. Alvin Lee – I Hear You Knockin’ – Xia – 124.51
7. Jeff Beck – A Day in the Life – Ray – 106.00
8. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Shelter – Mackenzie – 99.34
9. Walter Trout – Apparitions – Westland – 97.06
10. B.B. Chung King & The Buddaheads – Better Day – Falconer – 90.26

 Editor’s Note: The vote board was acting up for a couple days again. So if someone’s song was omitted accept my apologies.

Joan Osborne has always had it in her to be a great blues and R&B singer. She was particularly impressive in the movie “Standing In The Shadows of Motown” where she joined Motown’s immortal house band the Funk Brothers on stage to sing “(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave” and “What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted.” After excelling with those performances it seemed only a matter of time before she would record a whole record of blues and R&B tunes.  What a record it is too. The best of her career so far.

The record features songs by artists such as Sonny Boy Williamson, Allen Tousaint, John Mayall, Ike Turner, Bill Withers, Otis Redding, Al Green, Muddy Waters and Slim Harpo. Leading off is a great cover of “I Don’t Need No Doctor”, originally recorded by the legendary Ray Charles. Her version is aggressive and tightly arranged. Osborne moves on to the title track, “Bring It on Home” which has a slow, sexy, ambling pace. Great stuff. Barbeque Bob Pomeroy provides some great harmonica on “Roll Like A Big Wheel” by little known but interesting, Olive Brown.

“Game Of Love” a song written by Ike Turner just for Tina is a defiant tune warning her significant other that what is good for the gander is good for the goose too. So straighten up.

Mayall’s “Broken Wings” gets a touching rendition. Toussaint’s “Shoorah! Shoorah!”, actually has the writer playing piano on the record and has ska feel to it and is the only song that is sonically different that the others on the cd. It fits though. Muddy Water’s “I Want To Be Loved” is up next and Osborne gives it simmering, mesmerising rendition. Wither’s “The Same Love That Made Me Laugh”, Green’s “Rhymes” and Clarence Carter‘s “I’m Qualified” are all given solid performances.

Redding’s “Champagne And Wine” is given a gorgeous arrangement and makes one want to go back and check out the original version of the song. Many of the performances on this cd do that. The highlight of the cd has to be Harpo’s “Shake Your Hips. An incendiary performance.

In reality, while some of these songs stand above the others there isn’t a bad track here. Highly recommended!

As is our tradition at the Riverside, we have once again set up a new location for a holiday. We always have a great time when we do this and this time it’s for one of the most colourful and festive holidays of the year, Cinco de Mayo. Too be honest hailing from Canada, it was a holiday I didn’t know much about so off to Wikipedia I went my Window’s clipboard in hand. This is what they had to say.

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Contrary to widespread popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is actually celebrated on September 16.

Who knew? I think it is interesting that the same holiday is celebrated for different reasons in each country. In Second Life, we have visitors from all corners of the globe so we celebrate it for fun. We always have a ball at the Riverside. Take a look at some of these pictures.

“Hey Vali? Do you think they have Dr. Pepper in the cantina? Doctor Chile?”

 I wonder if she mixes it with her tequila? How about a Dr. Pepper Margharita?

UlantD Tp’ed in from Switzerland to enjoy our Cinco festivities. We’re popular with the jet-set crowd.😛

 I think one of the great aspects of Second Life is seeing things from different view points all over the world. Whether it be opinions, holidays, fashions etc.

Dakota Glenwalker enjoying the mariachi’s.

 Another Canadian at the Riverside. How many of them are there anyways? Do we have enough maple syrup?

DJ Sherman has a lovely set of maracas.

 Tell me I’m wrong. Go on.

Mucho gringos!

Equal parts sun screen and cerveza, gringos crowded the dance floor of the Riverside.

You have to get up pretty early in the morning to beat Catrin to the Cantina. Literally. She starts at 6AM SLT.

 Our Norwegian blues connection, Catrin Galaxy. Gotta love it. A Norwegian DJ playing blues in a Mexican cantina owned by Canadians.

Ferdinand saw the bull fight poster and decided he was better off offering Maggie a rose instead of his horns.

 I hope you folks enjoy it when we move to different locations as much as we do. I think it keeps things fresh and allows people to dress differently and try some new things.

This week’s poll pits two ladies up against one another. Both of them have brand new cd’s that are garnering great reviews and I think have many good songs on them but alas I could only pick one song from each. So let’s get started.

In this corner, from Anchorage, Kentucky, we have Joan Osborne who produced a number 1 hit from her first major label record, “Relish.” After a break of three years Joan is back with her new album called “Bring It On Home.” I picked a great cover of an old Slim Harpo classic “Shake Your Hips” for this poll. Listen here.

In the opposite corner, we have Bonnie Raitt. Out of Burbank, California, Bonnie returns after a seven year hiatus with her strongest record in awhile. After dealing with the death of her parents, her brother and her best friend she is back with “Slipstream.” For this poll I chose another great cover. Gerry Rafferty’s “Right Down The Line.” Listen here.

This week’s Top 10 saw the Riverside place one song in the Grid ‘s Top 40 and another one made it to 11. Our highest placings yet. It’s always interesting to see what songs our guests like and I always like to see new DJ’s make the list as well.

There are still issues with the board. If I am online it sends the scores to me in my local window, so if I crash and can’t save it in time or miss it, I apologise. This happened with the score for “In The Midnight Hour” but the fact that it placed at # 7 on the Grid Top 40 means it was easy to place on our list. Same with Sherman’s “Gloria.” I never received the score for the song but it placed just above the Jeff Beck tune on the Grid Top 40 so I made up a score. Now! Why other folks on our list here weren’t also on the Grid Top 40 I have no idea. Far as I can tell we should have had 6 songs make the list. Maybe next week.🙂

1. Wilson Pickett – In The Midnight Hour – Placed 7th on Grid Top 40 – Ray
2. Marc Broussard – Home – 11th on the Grid Top 40 – Mac
3. Sonny Landreth – Congo Square – 124.41 – Catrin
4. Eric Clapton – Promises – 112.58 – Rinda
5. Van Morrison & John Lee Hooker – Gloria – 107 – Sherman
6. Jeff Beck – A Day in the Life – 106.00 – Ray
7. Joe Bonamassa – Takin’ The Hit – 99.36 – Moonie
8. DreamBoogie – I’m Ready – Crossroads – 99.26 – Stusie
9. Walter Trout – Apparitions – 97.05 – Westland
10. David Gogo – Fine Young Thing – 96.13 – Xavia

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