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The Underground Garden: New Future Eve

 

Black Market owners and curators Chris and Kai Grant invite Us to “Let the Soundscape of the Future usher you into your power” Black II The Future during their very special event, Afro-Future New Year’s Eve at Black Market!!

“We go Black in an afro-futurism experience by the Ancestors with music spun by Boston’s best.” Featuring 5 of Boston’s deeply rooted and dopest DJs, this party goes until 4 a.m. in a “sober, conscious, uncolonized and safe space.”

Anyone who brought their vibe and love to Black Market’s Uncolonized Afro-House event earlier this year, during Black Market’s Love is the Message House Music Conference, already knows the damage DJs Bruno and Savuth serve. Along with DJs Chris Moth London, Mizont and DJ/Producer Leo Alarcon, 2018 and 2019 will be both a celebrated exit and in Trance by the rhythms of the Drum ~ Everything Afro!

Advanced tickets are available at Eventbrite or may be purchased at the door at 2136 Washington Street, Roxbury ~ 10 p.m. doors!

This is an 18+ event ~ We will see you on the Mothership!

 

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: Love, & Only Love, Is The Message

 

I am so excited to be on the Love is the Message Committee headed by Christopher Grant and Kai Grant, owners and curators of The Black Market in Dudley Square, Roxbury!

The Grants and Black Market are bringing to us all the Love is the Message House Music Conference, a 3-day affair celebrating Disco, Subcultures, Self-Expression, Personal Identity and HOUSE Music.

We hope you join us during one, any or all of these special, FIERCE events!! Here is a breakdown of each day and a personal message from the Grants!

Black Market and the LOVE IS THE MESSAGE Committee will be welcoming House Music industry authorities to Boston’s first ever House Music Conference, LOVE IS THE MESSAGE, on Friday, September 21; Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Black Market, 2136 Washington Street, Roxbury, Massachusetts.

The LOVE IS THE MESSAGE House Music Conference aims to teach the legacy of House Music and preserve this genre of Black musical genius, which is rooted in Disco, through the transference cultural information onto the next generation.

The opening night of Friday, September 21, 2018 will be dedicated to House Music’s Dance Culture and we are excited to announce that there will be a Vogue Dance contest – popularized by the LGBTQ Community in New York City’s 1980’s ball scene. Deep House, Club Classics and Chicago House will be spun from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 am by DJ Mojavi and DJ Troy Anthony. The Vogue Contest will begin at 10:30 p.m. Ticket are here.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Day 2 of the conference will kick-off with the House Music Culture Movie, Maestro, which tells the story of how a group of people found refuge and a call for life outside the mainstream.

Following the film, Dance Music industry expert Arnett Burdette, along with Eric S. Drummond and DJ Troy Anthony, will lead a lunch-time discussion around The Genesis of House Music + Culture (pre-1986).

The second panel “The History of the House Music Scene in Boston: 1986 to the Present” + “The Future of House Music in Boston: The next generation” will be moderated by Liza Zayas (a renowned House Enthusiast and Lover of the Culture). Panelists include Boston’s House Music Founding Fathers, DJ’s, Dancers and Producers. The historic list includes Gwen McCoy, Courtney Grey (Founder + Promoter), DJ Bruno (DJ, Founder + Promoter), Dwayne Thompson (Loft Baby + Dancer), Kelvin Sylvester (DJ + Producer), and Leo Alarcon (DJ + Producer) amongst others.

The 3rd and final panel, moderated by Kai Grant, Fashion History Buff, will be led by distinguished fashion voices for both music and House culture, Ms. Jacqueline Myers, Visual Artist + Upcycler Cynthia “Samm” Bogues and Artist + Visual Artist + Image Maker, John Brewer.

House your Body is the final daytime activity of Day 2. Learn how to dance to House Music with Winter Music Conference Award Winning Dance Instructor turned DJ, Sammy Sueksagan.

Get your tickets to this day long experience here!

Saturday night climaxes with our Uncolonized Afro House Party beginning at 9:00 p.m. and featuring DJ Bruno and DJ Savuth spinning the deepest, most soulful African AF House music directly from South Africa and beyond. Drums will be drummed. Ancestors will be summoned. Lives will be changed. For tickets, click here!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Day 3 of LOVE IS THE MESSAGE concludes Boston’s first House Music Conference and features a full on Buffet-style Brunch from 11:00am until 12:30 p.m. catered by local restaurants Vegan Oasis and Fort Hill Jerk Chicken. Enjoy a live performance by Boston-based House Music artist, singer and songwriter, Lee Wilson, along with a Daytime Party featuring DJ Chris Grant from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Ticket for the afterparty are here! For the brunch here! and to enjoy them both, here!

LOVE IS THE MESSAGE House Music Conference’s end goal is to educate a new crop of House music lovers 18-34 (MILLENIALS) and encouraging them to take the reins and work together to collectively preserve this longstanding art form for generations to come.

You can purchase presale tickets and learn more at Eventbrite, Search Term: Love is the Message.

FOR YOUR MIND, YOUR BODY AND YOUR SOUL.

 

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: 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: 5 X 2 = <3

 

This isn’t that good tired y’all. This is that keep moving we still have road ahead hope. That take those rose-tinted glasses off and leave the blinders behind life. Near the last drop.

It’s time to fill the well.

Boston House DJs are out in force this weekend allowing us a Free Saturday night event to stomp, shout, sing and realign followed by a special Sunday night for us to carry on the stomp, the shout, the sing and jointing as we live the reality: We Will All Survive Another Week.

Because we will you know.

If words are spells, movements are prayers. If tracks guide trains, DJs open channels. This weekend, DJs Househead Pete, Savuth and Mizont bring their L.U.V. (Let Us Vibe) Free Event back to the Milky Way, 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain. This is a 21+ 9:30 p.m. door landing with 3 poets of sound. There’s a promise to your joy in this night. It’s up to you to visit and receive it! The Men of L.U.V. are ready to Give. It. To. You.! Otra vez.

Sleep in on Sunday should it be all right. You know sleep? A lot of us in the Diaspora are kinda low on it. Imagine others? Should you find holy peace, chore finishing victory, Netflix and eat on Sunday and want some more chilltastic vibes or to live in your freedom, the Night Life is hosting DJs Bruno, Househead Pete and Leo Alarcon with their banger, H.O.M.E. (House of Musical Expressions). 3 generations of DEEP coming to Machine on Sunday with a sleep-in Monday morning? Be selfish, be greedy, be aware! They will be back at their house, Machine Nightclub, 1256 Boylston Street, Boston opening doors at 10 p.m. you 21 and Overs. There is no dress code and a $10 cover.

Reality is SCREAMING. Allow yourselves the 2-second mute button. Allow that silence to be space or allow that silence to be the 4 by 4 or allow that silence to be the sound of your voice to the heavens. Know love is in the hearts of those who offer theirs to us. We are Open. DJs Househead Pete, Mizont, Savuth, Bruno and Leo Alarcon have Musical offerings. What do you wish to fill your Soul with? Face tomorrow on? We choose love.

 

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: 3 Times for Love

I am grateful for people who hear their call and speak back to it. The ones who do not turn away from reality and choose to better it. This weekend, Boston has 2 fundraisers for 2 different causes and a send-off celebration for one of its most beloved and talented singer/songwriters. This weekend, You have additional choices for a good time, goodwill and support. Consider yourselves Alive in these times of Action.

TONIGHT!! Artist, DJ and BPS Educator Jesse Cardoso invites our friends DJ Savuth (LUV/Release Your Dance) and DJ Dende (T.C.C./ERATO) to join him on deck at the Milky Way, 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, for his ongoing fundraiser efforts with LIFT AS WE CLIMB dedicated to his students and their peers. Tonight’s Lift As We Climb installment UPLIFT begins at 9:30 p.m. and with these three Men selecting, it will be a guaranteed night of beautiful sounds, soul-driven movement and open hearts. This 21+ event will donate your $10 entry fee to Boston Public School students. Strength in numbers. Allow our Children to Be.

Friday, September 29th sees Boston and the U.S. sending off our beloved Lee Wilson as he sets off for his European tour in October! The Hostelling International Boston, 19 Stuart Street, Boston and its HI Welcoming Party will showcase Lee Wilson as host and performer with complimentary food and drinks included! From 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. enjoy the serenades of Your DJ Alberto Souljah Correia and the You Have to Hear Him LIVE Lee Wilson! Lee, we love you and hope Europe is ready for you!!

PUERTO RICO. You know her right? Also on Friday, September 29th, Whole Bunch Of People Networking will be holding a fundraiser for our beloved kin. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., you may bring supplies and donations to the Paris Street Gallery, 101 Paris Street, Everett, MA in hopes of helping the people of Borinquen. Please do not forget Us. Puerto Rico’s recovery will take months.

Worldwide Prayers. Local Prayers. Personal Prayers. Substitute Prayers for illusions, dreams, hopes, wishes. The reality is : ACTION. You must ACT. Tonight, tomorrow and every day, you have the power to do so.

Music, Dancing, Community. Enjoy these gifts. See you on the dance floor and the post office shipping off relief.

Be With Us All, LOVE.

 

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: August Roars In

 

The first Saturday of August 2017 is made for Lovers of all things Dope! The Black Market (Instagram : @blackmarketdudley) of Dudley Square and Sessions Boston each are hosting events that will radiate our lives from Noon Saturday until the early Sunday morning hours. LIVING is the plan!

Beginning at Noon, The Black Market brings its AFRO-ROX day long outdoor festival to the grounds at The First Church at 10 Putnam Street at John Eliot Square in Roxbury. DJs Chris London, Savuth and Bruno soundtrack the afternoon and early evening in celebration of “Afrobeat Style, Art and Culture.” “Over 30 vendors” will be present and the day includes a live performance by Boston Soul Singer Lee Wilson of the absolutely passion driven chart topping “The La La Song” produced by Kelvin Sylvester! Get into it! The Royal Tribe that is The House of Nahdra will also be showcasing the incredible detail and talent of Boston Empress Nahdra Ra Kiros. There will also be dance performances as well as spoken word shared. AFRO-ROX will be the deal this Saturday afternoon!!! #TRUST Massive Respect to Chris and Kai Grant for the Soul work they continue to put into their community, the people and the lives of us all. #LEADERS

Come the hour of 10 p.m. and the boogie belongs to the Men of Sessions Boston and their guest this month, DJ Savuth! Fresh off the decks at Afro-Rox, DJ Savuth brings to Sessions his 100% love and dedication to this thang we call House Music. Alongside Residents Leo Alarcon and Soultronic Love, if you are looking for a dance into bliss nightcap, these Men are the Ones! #ASKSOMEBODY

Sessions Boston happens every first Saturday night of the month at Machine, 1256 Boylston Street, Boston. This is a 21+ event. $5 before 11 p.m. $10 from then on…

Afro-Rox is an all ages, free gathering and both Afro-Rox and Sessions are the Truth! Good people, beautiful strangers, the drum. Reflected Hearts.

Open invite for YOU and YOURS to attend one or both of these community events and enjoy August’s first Saturday. Summers were made for days and nights like this! Rejuvenate in Sound, Sight and Movement…it’s Ours!

 

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.