The Underground Garden: Soulstice Celebration–Heal & Release Boston


On Saturday, June 24th, Lift As We Climb, Sessions Boston and ERATO invite you to the Boston House Music Community’s Soulstice Celebration at Malibu Beach, Savin Hill in Dorchester!

This is the second year DJs Mojavi and Jesse Cardoso bring House Music and dancing to Malibu Beach. For the 2017 installment, they have invited DJs Jeff Soultronic Love and Leo Alarcon of Sessions Boston and Vibe Boston (https://www.facebook.com/VIBE BOSTON), myself and from Baltimore, Darrel Lewis to soundtrack the day and early evening with them!

Also bringing their passion are Yogi Amber Jamanka who will be holding a yoga class to start the day at 11 a.m. and the ever mystifying House of Nahdra which will be putting on a fashion show for all to enjoy!

Families, friends, beings of All Love

will be gathering on this day to celebrate the official start of summer, ourselves, our community, music, fashion and balance in all things.

I was fortunate to receive the thoughts and feelings of creators Maurice and Jesse and began by asking what their inspirations were for these events and bringing them to Malibu Beach.

Jesse Cardoso has been “inspired by lots of other outdoor house music and dance parties in places like Fort Greene, Prospect Park and Coney Island where thousands of people gathered in unity outdoors just for the love of the music. I’m kind of an outdoorsy person so having had the chance to take my shoes off and put my feet in the water to cool off either at a festival in Mexico or a day party in Brooklyn, spend the whole day hanging out while listening to great music, and then go back to dancing was pretty life-changing. Closer to home though, I really respect what folks were doing with Be Free, Freedom and Music (FAM) and Dance Court in Cambridge, Roxbury, and South End. Our scene in Boston might be a lot smaller but what we lack in numbers we make up for in passion and dedication. These parties are inspiring because they’re all about giving back to the community, including the youth, and keeping things local instead of always going downtown or charging a cover fee.”

“I chose Malibu Beach because why not? Well, there’s the practical reasons: parking, bathrooms, city location, but there’s also the spiritual aspect of being near the water. One goal I’ve had is to bring the

club music outside into the daylight in a place that is also family friendly. As a kid, some of my best memories are of spending the day at the beach or pond and as an adult I’m try to re-live some of that along with the music. Last year when we partnered with DJ DeepJust and GetOpen Sessions to bring the Heal & Release party here, the connection with all the natural elements became even more important. Heal & Release is truly ‘house meets holistic’ and the vibe of connecting the arts, music, dance, performance and healing is nothing short of spiritual.”

“For me, going to outdoor events in the New York City, New Jersey, Miami and Chicago areas and seeing what a joy outdoors and music brings to people are the ultimate inspiration for me,” says Maurice. “I would constantly see the joy and say ‘Why can’t we do this here in the Boston area?’ Being an event host with opportunities such as the Cambridge before collective inspired the idea as well. Additionally, being a music provider for Love and Nappiness event s as well as Design Studio for Social Intervention (https://www.facebook.com/ groups/19290808057) inspired and gave me hope to continue doing events in the Greater Boston area.”

I asked Jesse and Maurice if they had any recurring or fresh hopes for the 2017 season of these home-based outdoor events.

JC: My recurring hopes for 2017 is for people to continue to come, bring your family if you want, your beach chairs and blankets, food and drinks and a

n open mind. These are 8 hour long events and I think the best approach is to just treat it like a day at the beach or park, except be ready dance because there are 6 DJs ready to bring that heat (no pun intended). We also have the goal of continuing to build par

tnerships and collaborate with DJs locally and from out of town. June 24th we are fortunate to have DJ Darrel Lewis coming all the way up from Baltimore, the dynamic Leo Alarcon and Soultronic Love of Sessions Boston and Vibe Boston, and of course the amazing Liza Zayas of Erato and Boston House Music Coalition who has been an integral supporter of Lift As We Climb projects over the years. This year we are doing 2 events at this location, based on last year’s success of Heal & Release Boston. The Soulstice Gathering and Heal & Release Boston are 2 totally different events and I really have to emphasize how fortunate I’ve been to be able to work with GetOpen Sessions and Urban Sanctuary to put Boston on their Summer Park Tour. Their goal is to bring Healing, whether yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, reiki, massage, fitness or art into the realm of releasing, DJing and dance (and yes, we did have all those activities at last year’s Heal & Release). Our visions lined up perfectly and it’s been a real gift to build this with them. This year, we’re all really excited to

bring up someone who needs no introduction: the legendary Josh Milan who will be spinning with us too. This is going to be monumental for Boston. A long-term goal is to continue to collaborate with folks and possibly add more dates to the outdoor party lineup.

MW: To be bigger and more fun than the year previous. We’ve added an earlier second event this summer and have gained experience what to do and more importantly what not to do. We, Jesse and I, would like the soulful urban dance floor heads to know last year’s event wasn’t just a flash in the pan. We plan to have this recurring joy of rejuvenative movement in 2017 and for upcoming years to follow.

Being the sentimental one I am, I of course had to ask if there were any moments from the 2016 Heal & Release gathering which were still close to their hearts and minds.

MW: The fondest memory was at the end of last year’s outdoor event when every dj took a rotating turn putting a song on and finishing the previous dj’s musical sentence. Second, seeing the youth really dance and get into the spirit of the day. Whether drawing on the pavement or hanging by the water and soaking in the days happening.

JC: The best thing about these events is the collaboration. Everyone chips in, whether it’s time, energy, food, tents, speakers, or all of the above. It’s not about anyone’s ego here; everyone is coming together for the love of the music and culture. We the DJs collaborate with each other and we also collaborate with the healers and folks sharing their gifts and creativity with participants. Most importantly we share energy in the relationship between the music and the dancing. One highlight for me is when we decided we’d go for another hour last year. First of all the weather wasn’t very nice; it’d rained in the morning before setting up and it started pouring once we’d packed almost everything away. At 7:00 p.m. no one wanted to go home, so each of us 6 DJs played one favorite track in sequence until it got dark out. We all had the cheesiest smiles on our faces playing everything from brand new to classics and the crowd, everyone from toddlers to grandmothers, were amazing. This year we’re keeping our fingers crossed for good weather and great vibes.

I finally needed to know their words for this year’s attendees!

JC: We want you to be able to enjoy your time with us, so please bring all the things you need to be comfortable. Also, come early. There are about 60 parking spaces in the lot on Morrissey Boulevard (across from UMASS Boston). There’s more parking on the Savin Hill entrance, but that’s a bit of a walk to us. We’ll be at large gazebo at the end of the boardwalk (towards the left from the Morrissey lot). Also we have activities planned throughout the day so please check out the facebook event pages for up to date info. Peace, See you in the sun….

MW: Welcome the season of summer into your hearts, minds and body. Bring clothes for day of soulful dance and drift into your ‘let-go’ space. Bring a blanket if you’d like, a favorite beverage or snack to share if you’d wish. Grab a friend or family member and encourage they attend. Don’t forget to bring comfortable dance shoes and those amazing hugs and smiles of yours. Thank you for your support.

Do join us on Saturday, June 24th and then again on Saturday, July 15th when Heal and Release Boston returns featuring DJs Josh Milan, Deep Just, Myk Bzsh, Hassan Shabazz, Maurice Wilkey and Jesse Cardoso!!

Immense gratitude to Jesse Cardoso and Maurice Wilkey for organizing both the Soulstice Celebration and Heal and Release Boston along with all involved with them. Your love and work allows us to celebrate our love and each other by the sea. There’s no place I (personally) would rather be.

Forward looking. Bring your chairs, blankets, hydration, snacks, self and peoples! Spread the Love! It returns ❤

Soulstice Celebration, Malibu Beach, Savin Hill, DOT, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, June 24th! Heal & Release Boston, Malibu Beach, Savin Hill, DOT, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, July 15th!

Real Love. Community Power. Artists in United Force. #GRATEFUL

Liza Zayas is a lover of writing and dancing and celebrates both as a singer and songwriter performing as Luna del Flor. You can hear her collaborative sounds and experience life through her storytelling. She invites you to dance. Her poetry seeks to initiate dialogue by intentionally expressing consequences of love, lust, ego and self-respect.