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The Underground Garden: New Year New Release!

 

I haven’t been to every city, but I’m pretty damn in love with the city I be at in, Boston, MA, USA. The number of multi-talented minds-bodies-souls runs deep generationally in the City’s musical family tree. Enter 2018 and Boston continues to celebrate releases by its People along with a special birthday party tomorrow night! Underground Garden celebrates Giana Scola’s upcoming release in May, Le Freq, with Ancient Deep on Soul Clap Records and Boston dancer/DJ Savuth’s birthday!

Savuth Sueksagan has dedicated more than half of his existence to Dance and House Music. Tomorrow night at Club Bohemia, Sammy, as he is known, loved, respected and preceded by, invites us to his All White Attire Affair to celebrate the beginning of his 4th decade and everlasting commitment to the Boston House Music Community. For close to 30 years, Sammy has brought a unique and passionate spark to parties throughout the City of Boston and the House Nation with his self-taught, natural and inimitable dance style. For over 20 years, he has also brought that same Aries Fire to parties as a Guest DJ or Event Creator and Resident DJ. Not to be overlooked are Savuth’s artistic talent as a flyer designer, tattoo artist and painter. From the turntables to the dance floor in the roles of club kid, dance judge, competitor and instructor, this birthday bash is dedicated to an ongoing thump in his heart, H.O.U.S.E. Join us on April 20th as we celebrate a Life! Happy Birthday Sammy!

Giana is a songwriter, producer, musician and singer who once fronted the band Giana & the Stus. In 2015, she began to explore with House music and collaborating with Boston DJ/Producer, Leo Alarcon of the Playroom Boston. Together, along with Alberto Souljah Correia and myself, The Playroom Boston EP, was created producing 4 singles featuring Giana on vocals. Following this EP, she was contacted by Ancient Deep with a proposal to collaborate on a track. Giana sent A Capella vocal tracks to Ancient Deep, resulting in the track “Le Freq” which will be featured on their EP vinyl release with Soul Clap Records next month. She is a self taught multi-instrumentalist, who taught herself guitar at age 18 after asking her Mother for a guitar for her 18th birthday.

At age 24, she taught herself piano. Today, she will exclaim that piano & vocals are her only true instruments, although she also picked up drumming along the way. After the break up of the band & without access to a full analog studio, she taught herself how to produce & engineer digital tracks. Giana grew up in Tucson, Arizona & in 5th grade she & her friends put together a 5 piece girl group where they would perform at a local nursing home singing cover songs with choreographed dance routines. She relocated to Dorchester, Ma. where she began singing in the school choir & later moving to Plymouth, Ma. where she was chosen as a lead solo vocalist in the choir. She moved back to Boston at age 19 where she truly began to embrace music in her life. It’s still difficult for Giana to call herself an artist, she considers herself a writer above all. She gives full gratitude & credit to her late Auntie Marie, who inspired & motivated Giana at a young age to write her feelings down. The young empath compiled a vault of poetry which she stuffed into a suitcase, where the poems stayed for many years, untouched & many unfinished. Today, she stays busy working on her own solo projects as well as collaborations & mainly does studio work now, although she dreams of one day putting together a collaborative soulful act to perform live. To Giana, nothing compares to getting her hands on the live instruments & sharing the stage with other talented musicians, which helps her with her sometimes debilitating stage fright. However, she refers to House music as something that saved her life. When she discovered the Boston House scene, attending a HOME event on Boylston Street, she will tell you that House music found her when she needed it most. She now has a broader, multicultural view of music & instruments & has enjoyed watching & learning the engineering aspect of music production under the guidance of Leo Alarcon.

These two special people put their hearts into their Arts. Supporting your local artists and art scenes, no matter the medium, is a seed the Underground Garden tends to. I wish both of these Messengers much success in their endeavors because their success is reflected in your smiles. Enjoy the music and dances Beings, they come from l.o.v.e., the ultimate Muse!

 

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.

 

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The Underground Garden: Galaxy

 

201∞ and The Playroom Boston rocks on…Grateful for DJ/Producer Leo Alarcon who continues to create inspiring sound canvases. A

lways look forward ~~ Always look forward!

Check out his latest release on Tambor Records featuring Ife Franklin out tomorrow on Traxsource.com!

But HOLD UP! Did you know ERATO welcomes back the Men of L.U.V. to close out 2017 as a Family Affair this Saturday night?!! Doors open at 9,food will be there and the best yet : MUSICAL TREATS! I dare you!

BUT WAIT A MINUTE!! Did you know PUERTO RICO is still in need? Join the People as they gather under the direction of Boston-based Raices Borinken Collective for a rally and march on Sunday, December 17th beginning at 1 p.m. at The Betances Plaza at The Villa Victoria, Boston’s South End. March and let your voice be heard : PUERTO SE LEVANTA.

This piece, inspired by the music of Sr. Leo Alarcon, is dedicated to every life that has every taken in the stars at night and now are the wonder are amongst them. Make your time on this Earth count. We Love You.

GALAXY ~ inspired by inspiration

There
Out there

I can see

Colors swirling in the dark
Collide in time
That knows no stop

Breaking apart
And start new life
Arrival sun
On a dark night

Seeking no land
It is its own
Rock on through space
On its own roll

Watching through dark
A sight behold
A pure wonder
And its own home

Security
Without a need
Sustaining life
The Galaxy

Sustaining life
The Galaxy
Sustaining life
The Galaxy

Collide in time
That knows no stop
Collide in time
That knows no stop

A pure wonder
And its own home
A pure wonder
And its own home

In the Galaxy

Infinite bars
Touch dust to stone
Fumes in the vast
All particles

Sparkling life
Create design
Lifeforms rotate
Trace storyline

Infinity
Existence roam
Create a use
Strengthen then throne

No obstacles
A life that grows
Throughout its life
A known unknown

No name no face
It owns its space
Creates a change
Throughout its wake

New life arrives
All by near fate
All moves to laws
To co-create

Collide in time
That knows no stop
Collide in time
That knows no stop

A pure wonder
And its own home
A pure wonder
And its own home

In the Galaxy

I can see

Beyond the all
That all can see
Exist beyond
The truth’s near reach

Sparkling life
Create design
Lifeforms rotate
Trace storyline

Infinite bars
Infinite
Lines
Infinite bars
Infinite
Lines
Infinite
Stars
Infinite
Life
Infinite
Lines
Infinite
Life

In the Galaxy

Can
You
See
It
Too
Too
See
You
Too
Can you see it too

In the Galaxy.

#INCARICANld her
My reflection
Imperfect beast
Scarred flawed and unbeat
Stick and move
Bob and weave
Crowned with an Olympic wreath
I see you too Champions breaking through
No matter what number you’re at when you realize it
The best thing to ever happen to you is YOU.
You
You
You
#HeyBoo

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.

 

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The Underground Garden: ERATO IIIrd Cosmic White Affair With Rthymz

 

ERATO returns this Saturday, October 21st with her IIIrd Annual Masquerade enchantment featuring the return of New Jersey’s DJ Beloved!!

Beloved returns to ERATO nearly a year after snatching masks and igniting a whole bunch of spontaneous combustion alongside ERATO residents Dende and Mystina! This trio is here to SERVE!

Hailing from New Jersey, DJ Beloved is a DJ and Producer who, I now know from

experience!, brings an intensity to the decks that should be experienced. All are invited to come and get some, give it up or simply be in the moments that we are free to call our own.

Complimentary masques will be provided yet, feel free to show up and show out without a masque, with one of your own or with a made up face palette, we are here for Your Muse!

Last year’s event drew in so many wonderful people, we are looking forward to greeting you all again this Saturday night! Sincerely, T.C.C. & Manolo’s Daughter

ERATO : Return of the Masques featuring the return of DJ Beloved with your residents, T.C.C., Dende and Mystina ~ Club Bohemia, 738 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square Cambridge ~ 21+ and a $10 cover ~

 

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.

 

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The Underground Garden: ERATO IIIrd Cosmic White Afair With Rthymz

 

ERATO returns this Saturday, September 16 with Her 3rd Annual Cosmic White Affair with our very special Guest DJ, Steven “Rthymz” Garcia!

Rthymz is one of ERATO’S Day 1, supporting the night and its people by werking out the dance floor sharing his love or by setting up and breaking down. His Love is DEEP!

His talent as well. Rthymz is not only a club dancer and performer, he is also a dance instructor and competition judge too.

“My House Dance Workshops are about not only teaching the basics of House dance, but also about the history of the dance and the music which is important to learn where this music and dance comes from so that we can keep pushing it forward. I started really getting serious about dancing in 2001, Senior year in high school. I was a Breakdancer until 2005 and then from 2005 until now I’ve been housedancing so I’ve been dancing for 17 years in total.”

17 years of You have to see him to understand. Grace, strength, skill, passion. A few.

I asked Rthymz if, as a dancer, there is a particular style he enjoys moving to the most.

“As a dancer, I love classic 90s House Music. To me, that sound just gets me moving. The hard hitting bass, drums, snares and vocals, there’s just something about 90s House Music that gets me going. It’s like I’m transported back in time to Club Shelter and I can picture myself dancing at Club Shelter back in the early 90s even though I was too young then lol.”

As Rthymz is making his deck debut at ERATO, I asked him if he knew what the first track was which he absolutely fell in love with and dancing to House music.

“One of the first tracks I fell in love with was Kerri Chandler’s The Downloads (BW vocal mix). I was absolutely with Kerri Chandler’s sound, the hard hitting bass and 90s sound. I’m really in love with the 90s house music sound. It really gets me going as a dancer.”

Now that ERATO greets Rthymz as Her DJ, I asked him what the first song he ever bought was.

“One of the first tracks I bought was Peven Everett’s Stuck. I discovered Traxsource around 2006 and I was buying House Music ever since. My wish list is over 2,000 tracks lol so yeah I guess you can say I was addicted to the music.”

As a DJ what songs move you?

“As a DJ, the songs that move me are classic 90s House tracks and also soulful House tracks because a lot of them have a deep meaning about love, relationships, friends and life and if you really listen to the message in the songs you really feel sentimental. Example “Change For Me” by Erro. That song is so beautiful I always said if I ever got married that was going to be my bride and groom dance with my wife.”
ERATO Resident DJ Dende of T.C.C. will be closing the night and Rthymz sets the tone. I asked Rthymz what he hopes to share with everyone at ERATO during his set.

“I’m hoping to share some classic 90s House tracks that people haven’t heard in a veryyyyyyy long time. My sound is heavily influenced by Kerri Chandler and also to educate the younger dancers’ ears with these classic tracks.”

Rthymz is definitely an ERATO resident dancer. I asked Steven what he enjoys about ERATO.

“What I love about ERATO, one word the “energy.” So many beautiful dancers, people, DJs all in one room for this music that we love. You really feel the energy in your body and it’s a wonderful feeling.”

Lastlys, why are you a Househead and what are any final thoughts?

“I’m a Househead because this music moves me and it has changed my life and I hope that I’m doing something for House Music by keeping it alive through the dance and workshops because it’s brought me so much. House Music has been my longest loving relationship. It’s always been there for me and has never let me down and that’s why I’m in “love” with House Music. It’s a marriage that will last until I’m no longer on this universe.”

“I love House Music sooooo muchhhhhh and I truly believe that this music could change the world because if we can dance together, “We CAN LIVE TOGETHER”

ERATO :: 3RD ANNUAL COSMIC WHITE AFFAIR beams Her light this Saturday with Rthymz and Resident Dende! Join us at Club Bohemia (lower level of The Cantav Lounge), 738 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square Cambridge ~ $10 21+ All White Attire Will Greet You ~ No Dress Code ~ Ascension: 9:00 p.m.

THIS is where we remind Life That We Are Living. See you there!!

 

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.

 

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The Underground Garden: ERATO Celebrates Two Years of House Music

ERATO returns this Saturday, July 8th celebrating Her 24th night of House Music!! HAPPY TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

Residents Dende and Mystina have shared the decks this second year with DJs Beloved (what a turn out!!!!), K Civ (fortunately twice!) along with Ancient Deep (what an incredible night!!!!!), Househead Pete (deck destructor!!!), Savuth and Mizont at L.U.V., ERATO (masterful!!!)

Househeads and all styles dancers have come through and given the floor the werk out it deserves, the music has remained as deep as Man’s first heartbeat and Alex, Maddie, Mickey, Terrence, myself and Cantab/Club Bohemia appreciate you all and these gatherings so very much! Infinite gratitude to Househead Pete for providing ERATO with proper sound at each and every event. His care and expertise have amplified these events beyond imagination. Thank You Pete.!

Returning to celebrate ERATO’s milestone is DJ/Producer Jihad Muhammad who last year absolutely brought it along with T.C.C.! This year we anticipate another night of soul sweat dripping from gleaming faces. It is the intention, to live, to vibe, to love. “It’s what we live. It’s what we are!” Join us!

Never underestimate the power of doing your own thing. EVER. Through the door, your freedom is honored. It’s a judgment free zone supportive of happiness and expression soundscaped by passionate talent and on-point ears. If you love music and being alive, we’ll be here too!

Check out ERATO’s albums and Residents’ mixes for a virtual glimpse of our fortunate reality. This remains an open invitation to come down into the basement and take-off into the galaxy!

ERATO : TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY EVENT with very special guest DJ/Producer Jihad Muhammad, Saturday, July 8th, Club Bohemia, lower level of The Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square Cambridge. 21+ Affair 9 p.m. doors ~~~ We are $10 before 11 p.m. and $15 after FOR THIS EVENT ONLY! Our doors open at

9:00 p.m. and early arrival is suggested for the full experience!

#HOUSEMUSIC like DEEP! #THANKYOUFORTWO <3 #LOVEINACTION

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.

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The Underground Garden: LUV, ERATO and Shizzmatic!!!

 

ERATO returns this Saturday, June 17th!

Residents Dende and Mystina return to the decks and this month and are joined by DJs Savuth, Househead Pete and Mizont, the trio who are L.U.V. (Let Us Vibe)!

LUV, ERATO is a celebration and reflection of solidarity in sound. 2 parties combined in the name of HOUSE Music bring to lovers and dancers an abundance of flavor. Each DJ in her and his right are magnificent ears and technicians. ERATO is very fortunate to be hosting fierce diversity on stage and the dance floor!

So special even more is the spill of love and sweat over to the Dance Complex the following Sunday, June 18th where Dancer/Instructor Sean Bjerke will be hosting a House Dance Workshop from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for those who can’t get enough and want to give it some more!

In the continued Spirit of Indivisibility, Sean will be dedicating funds received at his workshop to ERATO and our humble gratitude is immense for his generosity. Should you vibe with us on Saturday, Sir Fly Bjerke will discount your admission at The House Dance Workshop.

This is Love in Action. Mission Tradition.

As Special are the moments defining this night, LUV, ERATO will also be celebrating the birthday of DJ Mizont! A passionate supporter of Boston’s House Music Community for over 20 years, DJ Mizont was recognized earlier this year by Boston Maestro and Legend DJ Bruno and his UtopiaBoston with an award for Mizont’s dedication to the Boston House Music Scene. Mizont is for real.!! We are grateful for his return, existence and heart.

 

You want to know what love and teamwork sound like? You want to feel the power of music? You want to dance with others and elevate? We’ll be here!

You are always invited to be a feature in this beautiful portrait!

LUV, ERATO at Club Bohemia, 738 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge Central Square! 21+ affair $10 cover followed by Sean Bjerke’s House Dance Workshop at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 18th.

It is a Blessing to know our House will always have a home. Thank you all for sharing your talents and thank you all for sharing your love in support knowing the given is received and the giving is pure.


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.