In 2012, Together Boston took place shortly after the death of disco diva Donna Summer and we immediately thought to dedicate that year’s festival to Donna. In partnering with Italian producer Giorgio Moroder for her first five albums, Donna conquered the disco dancefloor, ultimately becoming the undisputed “Queen of Disco” and, in her career, selling more albums than artists like The Doors, Kiss and the Beach Boys.
By partnering with Giorgio, she became a global superstar.
She went on to score many different hits with many different producers. Her voice was an iconic beacon of light for millions of fans.
But what people may not realize is that also by partnering with Giorgio–a singular mad scientist of sound–Donna Summer in fact was godmother to an entirely new genre of music: Electronic Dance Music.
(In fact, Donna lives on in some of digital music most iconic songs, like Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.” and Cassius’ “1999.” Listen to a playlist of Donna’s famously sampled sound here.)
So when the Mayor of Boston visited our headquarters this year. We asked him to “drop the first beat,” and he did. The mayor, like Donna, is from Dorchester, so he loved the idea. Guess what he song put the needle on?
We say all that to say this: Friday, July 18th from 6pm-10pm we are having another Dorchester native, Kon, bring his friends to spin at a free outdoor roller skating disco party at City Hall Plaza in tribute of this beautiful woman, this woman who changed the world with just a singular voice.
Two years after her passing, we’re celebrating the legacy of Donna Summer with a roller disco tribute party! Featuring Dorchester’s own Kon and Friends spinning disco and funk all night long Friday, July 18th, after work, 6-10. We’re putting a roller rink at city hall plaza for you!
Donna Summer is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all-time. Born and raised in Boston (Roxbury/Dorchester), Donna was beloved for hits like “I Feel Love,” “Bad Girls” and “Last Dance.”
In addition to the city renting us a roller rink, Dance Spot Boston, a mobile dance floor art installation, will create a custom installation to celebrate this Boston music icon so you can boogie along to the beat.
This is a free event! So make plans now to join us after-work Friday July 18th for a celebration of a legacy, a rolling skating party and four free hours of wonderful music.
Feel the love with us!
— DonnaSummerMemorial (@Memorial4Donna) June 25, 2014