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The Underground Garden: When Sires Serenade, You Dance

 

There is no beginning except for the beginning and that begins when grandparents were dating. When classic soul jazz rhythm and blues rock Latin jazz funk and cultures were grooving together to form what we were born into, Disco and House Music, sharing the birth frequencies of hip-hop and Latin hip-hop. There is no beginning without a path.

Louie Vega is a pioneer of both Freestyle and House music producing the debut albums, both Freestyle, of Marc Anthony and India, later co-producing India’s debut Salsa album along with Eddie Palmieri, Llego La India, all while destroying New York City and worldwide danceclubs as a solo House producer and resident DJ at the weekly event, the Underground Network, or in co-DJ/producer roles with Kenny Dope Gonzalez as the Masters at Work whose albums include Nuyorican Soul, a breakthrough, collaborative classic.

I asked Louie during a pre-party dinner in Boston hosted by DJ Bruno what his first remix was. In 1985, as Little Louie Vega, he remixed Running by Information Society, which also happens to be the tune that introduced DJ Bruno to Little Louie Vega! An international, musical genre classic.

Louie Vega is a Barrio Boy Icon. When his band the Elements of Life performed One Dream during the 2007 pre-Superbowl party live broadcast, I tuned in and cried. There we were, club kids bringing this message through our Maestro Louie Vega, an incredibly talented, table rocking, rooted great Man along with musicians whose music we have enjoyed for over 20 years rocking Dolphin Stadium and introduced by Cuban Legend Gloria Estefan before Prince performed the half-time show. Another lesson in crossing over keeping it real without selling out.

Louie Vega and the music he continues to create and share have received 3 Grammy nominations for his Remixes, winning in 2006 for his EOL remix of “Superfly,” nominated in 2017 for his full length album, Starring…XXVIII, and again nominated in 2018 for his Remix of Loleatta Holloway’s Can’t Let You Go.

He continues to travel the world year round playing guest sets at parties and festivals, as Masters at Work with Kenny Dope, his wife and partner, Nulu Movement Founder Anane Vega, bringing their collaboration, The Ritual, to global events and celebrating his weekly residency in New York Roots, with Kenny Hedge, soon to begin their 14th year at Cielo!

With a classical catalogue this voluminous and prolific, DJ Bruno has mixed four and a half hours of Louie Vega grooves “because it was his time to pay tribute” choosing songs which move him. Joyous, body moving, soul stirring, voice lifting music. DJ Bruno, in his hard hitting masterful mixing, has weaved an awesome selection of House Music classics featuring legendary singers, musicians, original work and remixes spanning decades and showcasing the musical vision of a true modern living legend, from the beginning.

Bruno: Two years ago, while I laid in my hospital bed. I decided to make a bucket list. This mix was on that list. I wanted to pay tribute to one of my musical heroes. The maestro Louie Vega, It was hard choosing the right songs that would best pay tribute to him because he has sooooooo many, but I was able to narrow it down to these instant classics. All these songs were either produced or remixed by Louie Vega. I hope I did him justice 🙂 Just press PLAY & Dance Your Ass Off!

I am grateful for both of these Men. For their examples, passions, determination and humility to love.

“Press play and dance your ass off!” Enjoy the mix!

 

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: Universal Freestyle

 

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Pick your region, This was blasting out of windows and cars every summer in the 80’s. Period. “It’s a really unique form of music.” It’s street music, it’s urban — it’s almost like uptempo R&B.” Per Armand Van Helden.

Tonight! At the Milky Way in JP DJ Nomadik’s UNIVERSAL Thursday returns!

This ongoing open mic has themed este Cinco de Mayo The Freestyle Edition! “80s vs 90s Latin freestyle edition. We taking it back!”

Hosted by Essex a/k/a Anthony Schofield, all types of talent are invited to the stage and mic. Sign-up for the limited spots begin at 9:30 p.m. and everybody has a chance to win tickets to Red Bull Academy’s Festival’s Freestyle Concert in New York featuring Freestyle pioneer producers and DJs Jellybean Benitez and Louie Vega with performances by vocal divas Shannon, Lisa Lisa, Judy Torres and others on Friday, May 13th!

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Per tradition, once everyone has expressed themselves on the mic, everyone gets to express themselves on the dancefloor! DJ Nomadik and myself will be playing Freestyle music all night! I’m too excited to get these beats on the tables!

“Freestyle was mostly vocals, and a few [more instrumental] tracks. For me, when I look at songs that stand in years, songs with vocals stand out because you can sing along. It goes back to that primal thing.” Those who know, Love! Let’s sing and dance our hearts pure!

You’re invited to the Milky Way at La Bella Luna, 258 Amory Street, JP Tonight! This is a 21+ event and cover is $7. Poets, MCs, singers, dancers, FREESTYLE HEADS, Lovers, everybody welcomed!

THE BEAUTIFUL LOVE: On Thursday, June 2nd at 9 p.m., join Nomadik, Soulkore and Prince Lovers at the Purple Boston Prince Tribute. Rest in Power.

We’re looking forward to it all!

 

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 – The Fall Ball

eratoWe are greeting Autumn! As beings living around four seasons, we welcome Mother Nature’s switch up. You know, sweaters, scarves, shorter days. The veils between worlds lifting. The many traditions these months carry.

ERATO is bringing The Fall Ball to celebrate Personal Renascences. “Let me see you as love within your aphrodisiac.” The new side of your Leaf. We’d like to provide that for you.

Complimentary masks will be present yet, if you have a favorita, they are welcomed too! Let us see you! (We all know about Personas. This ain’t That type of Party.) “What’s a ball without masks?!” Once they are removed, may Personas find their unnecessity. That is the power of diving into your divinity. We welcome the season and your mysterious, personal evolutions. We welcome Joy on Faces and acknowledge the Smile Makers.

ERATO Residents DJ Dende and DJ Mystina (T.C.C.) will be joined by fellow ERATO brain-stormer, DJ Mizont (https://soundcloud.com/mizont), The Gemini

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Re-Introducing : DJ MIZONT!

“Well my first inspiration for music was my mother (Waltena Wright R.I.P). I can remember being in my diapers in New York at my mom’s house parties standing right next to the radio. Her style was very urban but, it wasn’t all commercial music. When we moved to Boston, W.I.L.D was the radio station that she had on all day. That station exposed me to different sounds of urban music from Classics, Pop, R&B and Hip-Hop. I would also listen to KISS 108 as well to hear Dance Music on the weekends. I didn’t know all the sounds I loved back then were associated with House Music. On Dec 31, 1994 my life was changed forever thanks to my mom. I was invited to go to The Loft by my cousin Donyel Wright and I said no. But my mom walked up to me and said ‘Go out and have fun baby; then she winked her eye at me. So I went and the rest is history.”

“On January 14, 1995 I walked into Boston Beat Record Shop after searching all the record stores in Boston for the sound they were playing at The Loft. When I walked by the counter a voice said to me, ‘Weren’t you at The Loft last week?’ and it was DJ Bruno! I couldn’t believe he saw me in a packed club. He is the reason I became a DJ. He saw something in me I didn’t see in myself. So in May of 1997 Bruno called me Mizont out the blue at Biscuithead Records in front of Master Millions when we were working there together. Millions said “Yo Bruno that’s an ill DJ name.” So Bruno said that’s you from now on. I ended up getting some 1200s with Millions the next day and started putting in work. So today I continue to follow the Utopia Boston tradition of Love and Admiration for the Boston Dance Music scene. I’ve been able to sit in studio sessions for input, play established parties like Utopia Sundays, Unity with DJs Francesco and Cruzz, H.O.M.E with Leo Alarcon and HouseHead Pete and now, after 20 years in the scene, I am finally involved in a monthly dance event, ERATO, with Liza Zayas, DJ Dende & DJ Mystina. It’s been a nice ride so far but I still have a long way to go and I will continue to travel my Dance Music journey from Boston to the World.”

“The DJs that inspired me were Bruno first and foremost. Also DJ Fran was the person I tried to copy. Fran was a huge influence on my style. Louie Vega, Timmy Regisford, Kenny Dope, Ian Pooley, Derrick Carter & Glen Underground are some of my early heroes. But today I’m inspired by all DJs that are coming out of Massachusetts. They have all had a hand in my journey one way or another and I appreciate you all so much. 3 people I want to point out are DJ Dende, DJ Mystina & Lenore Fauliso. These DJs I have the upmost respect for and will continue to learn from these individuals. My heart belongs to Boston.”

ERATO cordially invites You to gather at The Milky Way this Saturday, October 10th for THE FALL BALL. This is a 21+ engagement and the cover is $5 before 11 p.m.

We hope to see your Shine There! Sine Larva in Purest Forms. Until then Beautiful. People!

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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