June 21, 2013
RescuePoetix (98 articles)


The onset of summer brings us the longest day of the year and weekends packed with outdoor events that bring together people, music, and food. Newark, NJ is celebrating its 3rd Annual Weequahic Park House Community Family & Music Festival this Saturday, June 22, 2013. This is a free event that promises fun and music for all ages.

As with all events, DJ selection is taken under careful consideration. Two of the DJs from the line up are the focus of this week’s WeekendMix. Their styles are as different as they are, each one bringing their experience and style to shake things up.

Venus Seven (Diva of the Deep), whose hometown is Bangkok Thailand, calls Philadelphia, PA home. Highly respected in the Underground Circuit, Venus has played venues from Miami to Boston to Detroit, from the UK to Tokyo. Her work ethic has led to strong growth, not only as a DJ, but as a promoter as well. She is a positive driving force for such events as Culture N Beats and Global Influences and has played alongside other international DJs such as Timmy Regisford, Black Coffee, Bodhi Satva, Charles Webster, JellyBean, Joe Claussell, Marques Wyatt, Mr. V, E- Man, Frankie Feliciano, W/ Anane Vega, Alix Alvarez and many more.

Venus’ style is a fusion of Soulful-Deep-Afro-Micro House, Tech House, Lounge vibes with Nu Jazz, Nu Soul, Down Tempo, Acid Jazz, Rare Groove, and Bossanova. She’s been so involved in bringing unity to the House scene that the last mix I found is from August 2012. True to her Diva Deepness, Waiting For The Sun Shine (Dive of The Deep: Afro Mix) takes us on a journey of deep soulful grooves that will keep you hitting play again and again.

Hippie Torrales, a Newark NJ native, celebrates 40 years in the industry by closing out the weekend event at Weequahic Park. Torrales was the first resident of Legendary NJ club Zanzibar. Exposed to DJing and music at an early age, Torrales heard his first live DJ set in 1972 and has since built his portfolio, by playing with the likes of Richie Kaczor, George Mena, Joey Negro, Mark Mendoza and people from every corner of the world. As a producer, Torrales has worked with such artists as Radio Slave, Jose Burgos, Jerrell Battle, Kimara Lovelane, Rosie Gaines, Luxe, Dolls Combers, Nicole Mitchell, Roland Clark, and Robin S. He currently has a weekly radio show “What is Hip?” His diversity blends new and classic, tech and soulful, lush vocals and rich instrumentals, which takes us on a journey through time and space… very dangerous…

If you’re in the NY/NJ area this weekend, check out the free outdoor event at Weequahic Park, where, alongside talent from NY and NJ, Venus Seven & Hippie Torrales will open up the summer in fine fashion.