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The Underground Garden: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DJ BRUNO!!!!


On Saturday, July 30th, DJ Bruno invites us all to celebrate his birthday at The Milky Way in JP!

When Bruno gathers us for events, they are Can’t Misses. Loft Reunions, Can’t Miss. Birthday Parties, Can’t Miss. Even his “retirement” party was a Could Not Miss.!

All of his endeavors since returning have been Can’t Miss. Fortunate for us!

The music is key. The man is source. #Brunostrong “trended” during tribulations of medical scares and near death experiences. Fortunately (again), #Brunostrong mentality is a manifestation and we all get to celebrate our Brother’s birthday With Him together!



DJ Bruno’s birthday celebration this year includes New York City Vocalist, Nina Rodriguez, Drummer

Sidy Maiga and me joining them! with the Honor of reading a piece written especially for Bruno and this night, mused by our conversations.3

Join us in celebrating the Life of a Dance Life Provider, a Leader in Boston’s Underground Music History, and a Lover of Everything HOUSE. Cheers to a classic, the future and the gift of the now! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DJ BRUNO! Drive, Passion, Sincerity, Love, Backbone. Candles on the cake.

DJ Bruno’s Birthday Celebration, Saturday, July 30th, Milky Way, 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, $15 door, 21+ 9 p.m. doors / 11 p.m. performances!

As a pre-script!! Join DJ Savuth at the very same Milky Way the night before Friday, July 29th for REACH FOR VENUS. Double Dance Divinity BOSTON <3!! WE ARE ONE.


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: ESSENCE BOSTON sunDAY


Boston gets a day party! Boston gets a day party!!


On Sunday, July 17th Tamra Blake brings “The quintessential soulful rhythmic freedom of sound and movement” with ESSENCE In The Day at Cambridge’s Middlesex Lounge beginning at 3:00 p.m. SUNLIGHT DISCO!!

What is Garage, Loft, Philly Groove, Funk, Disco, Gospel, HipHop,

Soul, House, Jazz and other musical gem styles combined? ESSENCE IN THE DAY with Sound Selectors Bob Diesel and Keith Devire Donaldson of Progressive Black and Chris London of Love & Nappiness are your Church after Church Preachers. Listen!

“Future Classic Dance Music” is the page they’ll be turning to this Sunday. Expect time travel appreciation during Essence in the Day. But are you ready?

The musical collections each of these 3 DJs share with the masses are knowledge for your Soul. If you ever wanted to have a good time getting schooled, Be Here!

This is an experience to be had and shared with many. Visual artwork and lights by the extremely multi-talented Biyeun will grace the walls, along with echoing sounds of the music and love.
ESSENCE In The Day also sets off DJ Bob Diesel’s 40th Anniversary DJ Tour. Grab those flyers!!

Reminiscent of all our truth provided by Tamra Blake, Progressive Black, The BostonHouse Music Coalition, Love & Nappiness and The Middlesex Lounge. Enjoy the day to our Musical History! ESSENCE IN THE DAY arrives Sunday, July 17th at The Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge 21+ $10 door.


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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ODDBALL’S 100th POST!!… and it’s political!!

Power by George Panagopalous

Having power in general is an awesome thing, control, influence, actual authority, to wield enough power to slow Government to a crawl, having the power to twist an issue so adeptly that it becomes the fault of the reformists for wanting to fix a problem, employing it to use victimization, religion and bloviation to drown out common sense, the power of the Republicans. They have in eighteen short months inverted their standing from a defeated, out of touch, classist, frat party of white old rich men, to a rabid reformation that is spreading because they are willing to shut down the Government to stand up for what they believe in, and we have let them. Do we as Americans have such a short attention span that we forget, these men who rail against Obama-nomics and the Pelosi-Reed Agenda and are all for changing direction, these people who tell us how sour Washington has gotten and how they can’t even recognize their own Country, these are the very same men who made it what it is. No lie, of the 15 Republican Senators who won election in 2008 with President Barrack Obama, 12 of them were incumbents, that means they had already been working in Washington for at least 6 years, it’s not like they were new to town. And of those years, what a great six years they were, during their term they passed the stimulus bill (that they themselves rail against), they lowered taxes on the rich while running up deficits, passed the Patriot Act, limited class action lawsuits, made filing for Bankruptcy harder, presided over the start of the Iraq War and the largest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Now these men are rallied to stop Obama and his henchmen from passing Healthcare Reform or regulating Wall Street, they are in fits to prevent him from closing down Guantanamo Bay and allowing gays to serve freely, with rally cries of “No-Bama” and “Don’t Tread on Me” they grew louder as he saved the auto industry. As Republicans fight against all these reforms, the only thing it proves is that they will do nothing but help their corporate friends at the expense of all else.

Obama Piggy Back Courtesy of George Panagopulous © 2010

Now you may be offended at my continued use of the word “men” in describing the Republicans, but they are, of the 41 Republican Senators only 4 are women and in the house it’s just as bad, 179 seats and only 17 women, so that fraternity of old white men, hasn’t changed all that much. I’m not generalizing here, 9.5% of the members of the House are black and there are no blacks at all in the Senate, of the 541 elected members of Congress there is not one single Republican who is African American. Republicans are, despite the fact that they Parade out Michelle Bachman and Sara Palin, Allan Keyes and Michael Steele, a party of old white men that hasn’t changed. So we are led to believe that the same old party with the same old men is somehow new and renewed and won’t just act in the interests of the CEOs they’ve served for so long, that somehow they’ve seen the light, they’ve been saved by this renewed sense of Patriotism and they are filled with hope and change, well in the words of your spokes model, “How’s that whole hopey, changey thing workin out for ya?”