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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: 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: 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.

 

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A Twist of JP Lime: Erato 2nd Annual Cosmic All White Affair

 

received_10207280075225171.jpegOn the night of Saturday September 17th, 2016, I was fortunate enough to attend Erato’s 2nd annual Cosmic White Affair for a night of house music and dancing. The event was presented by the dynamic DJ duo known as The Couple’s Couple, comprised of DJ Dende and DJ Mystina, with The Underground Garden’s Liza Zayas driving the night. Described on its Facebook page as,”Deep Afro, Latin, Tech, Funk, Vocal, Disco, Soulful, Underground Music with Any and All sounds moving the DJs and Crowd,” the Erato movement has been gaining momentum in Boston’s night life scene over the past year and is growing steadily. Its success is certainly well-deserved.

Having chopped it up with The Couple’s Couple on a recent Oddball Show podcast, I felt a positive, refreshing energy and was intrigued. I enjoy house & freestyle music, but I don’t know it like I know Hip Hop. Despite my relative unfamiliarity, something told me I’d have a kick ass time at an Erato night. Surely enough, I had a blast.

Club Bohemia, located on Mass Ave. in Cambridge Massachusetts’ Central Square, played host to Erato’s Cosmic All 2016-09-21-23.18.47.jpg.jpegWhite Affair. Mystina and Dende tag-teamed the DJ duties for the first half of the night, while special guest DJ Savuth closed out the show. Most of the crowd both obliged with the all white dress theme and danced the night away. The result was a constant glowing in motion effect, backed by top-notch DJs spinning hypnotic, groovy jams. It was poetry in motion on overdrive with black lights.

Much of the dancing blew me away, particular the break-dancing type moves. Despite house dancing (or really any dancing) not being my strength, I couldn’t help but to immerse myself in the night’s energy and dance joyfully. At one point I conveyed this to Liza, who kindly encouraged me, telling me I looked like a natural. I replied that I deserved an Oscar because I sure as hell didn’t feel like a natural. But I didn’t care that by comparison to most of the crowd, my six variations of a two-step were amateurish. I just enjoyed the moment. The positive vibes were infectious and it made for a hell of a night.

What I loved most about the Erato experience was the diversity and welcoming nature of those in attendance. Speaking to a few folks and observing how people interacted with each other revealed that Erato heads are a tight, open-minded bunch who genuinely enjoy each other’s talents and company. Their love of art, whether dancing, music, or poetry, along with their love for each other, permeated the venue. One couldn’t help but to at minimum appreciate its sincerity, if not outright immerse oneself in it. Again, I’m not a house head, but it was nice to be in a multi-cultural environment with folks as young as early their early 20s and as old as approaching 50, all vibing and letting loose. It was refreshing. It was a natural high. And it’s something I know I’ll do again in the future.

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With that in mind, be sure to follow Erato on Facebook to stay abreast of upcoming events, including Return Of The Masques, with special guest DJ/Producer Beloved, on Saturday, October 15th at Club Bohemia. To quote its page once more, “ERATO is devoted to the remarkable elation moments of inspired action deliver. Inspiration is a driving force and this night is dedicated to the Open and the Striking.”

So regardless of your musical biases, be sure to check out an Erato night and become inspired. It’s sure to be a memorable time.

 

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