TOCA NYC STORE

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Love is fearless, and when one chooses to love beyond the borders of themselves, then they’re in a position to inspire, uplift and create change where it’s needed. Take this power couple, Justin Toca and Monica Toca for example… This eccentric duo have established a quarterly themed tribal house party at NYC’s Cielo nightclub where they’ve raised donations to fund a children’s organization called The Ale Ale Foundation. Thus, they are giving back to their community while enjoying life together.

Are they twin flames? Soul mates? Or just two love birds who were destined to meet for a greater purpose? Both were born worlds apart from each other with Justin having roots from Managua, Nicaragua and Monica from Dallas, Texas. And yet the two found each other in the NYC nightlife scene to later wed on July 14, 2013. Due to Justin’s heritage, he promoted Latin/Brazilian parties for over 20 years in some of the hottest clubs such as The Tunnel, Palladium, and Limelight just to name a few. And with Monica’s love for the Arts as a former Theater major and TISH NYU graduate, they combined their expertise and produced “The Toca Cielo Party”.

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5thYEARanniversaryFour times throughout the year, they host a spectacular costume themed party with live drummers, conga players and burlesque dancers uniquely designed to provide a fantasy inspired atmosphere. In addition, they’ve even featured a snake dancer. (Yes! A real live snake). Risque, classy, flamboyant and extravagant – are all words to describe this eclectic vibe of Artists dressed in theatrical attire to unite underneath the umbrella of Afro/Tribal/World House Music and Samba.

Wait! There’s more…

On top of their event reaching its remarkable five year anniversary on the 30th of this May, they’ll also be celebrating the 2nd year opening of their Long Island City, Queens TOCA NYC STORE this Summer.  I know what you’re probably thinking? What else can’t this fabulous couple do? They definitely show and prove that the power of two is the secret to success… as everything they touch multiplies!

TOCA NYC STOREWithin walking distance near The Socrates Park and The Noguchi Museum in Astoria Queens, lays their vintage shop which is quickly being recognized as the neighborhood’s treasure chest. Due to the couples love for travel, they’ve chosen unique pieces from around the globe that are rare to come by. Thus, with some of the antiques available for sale, it should be easy to find some beautiful gifts for Mother’s and Father’s Day! Below is a small selection of recommended items.

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Dj Ace House Nation – House Music Veteran

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“The joy that comes out of me is unbelievable when I’m spinning records,” says DJ Ace House Nation, Host of ‘The Cookie Jar Show’ on www.prepartyradio.com. “I like to make people dance, and when I’m playing music in a club, I recycle the energy that people give me and return it back to them ten fold.”

This is just one of the many positive statements coming from a house-head in the house music community. In case you’re wondering what “house” is, it’s a genre of music (mixed with Afrocentric, Latin, and European rhythms) that fall under the umbrella of world wide ‘Dance Music’. In fact, every time an American mainstream song hits billboard charts, (from stars like Alicia Keys, Beyonce, and Mariah Carey) they’re label reps will call a house music producer to make remix versions in order to reach more audiences. Yep! That’s right! Even the biggest, most famous and richest stars have turned to house music to keep their buzz alive! As this trend grew more popular, mainstream decided to just put out dance records all together, which is why we have Rhianna, Katey Perry and others. Yet still, the deep, soulful, house music singers with original house music are still being played worldwide although they do not have the funding that goes along with the larger record label corporations such as SONY MUSIC, etc.

Nevertheless, it’s Dj’s like Ace House Nation who keep the original genre alive and has been doing so since the 1970’s.  For those who don’t know, house music derived from the disco days, back when Dj Ace House Nation was better known as Dj Crazy Ace, battling other Dj’s and dancers in schoolyards of the L.E.S. “Back then, we referred to battling someone on the dance floor as ‘burning them out’,” says Dj Ace.

As a teen, Dj Ace taught himself how to Dee jay with his older brother and dear friend, Hector Cruz, (who passed on from diabetes in 2006). In honor of Hector, Ace decided to rename himself “Dj Ace House Nation” because Hector called himself “House Nation.” And there we have it again – the name “House”.

“I’ve seen people cry on the dance floor”, says the 49 year old Dj Ace House Nation. “I’ve seen them smile, I’ve heard them chant, and I’ve witnessed them catch a spirit. When I play house music, I can tell by the way they’re dancing, that it’s therapy for the soul. The rhythms and sounds get them dancing in a way that becomes a healthy exercise, pumping their heart and making their blood flow faster. If there were any mental or physical blocks before, house music definitely releases their stress and restores joy.”

Whether or not you’re already a house head, check out the station, PreParty Radio, that plays house music to a world wide audience. Not just because it’s on the web, but because they truly do have a following in places such as Amsterdam, Spain, Tokyo, Italy, Thailand, L.A., NY, Chicago and more. To hear Dj Ace House Nation on “The Cookie Jar Show”, click on www.prepartyradio.com every Thursday  from 6PM – 9PM

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The 49 year old Veteran house head DJ ACE HOUSE NATION (Host of ‘The Cookie Jar Show’ on www.prepartyradio.com) talks about his love for house music, and why this musical genre is therapy for the soul!

Tune in every Thursday from 6PM – 9PM Special extended listening session every LAST Thursday of the month from 6PM – 1:00AM