Boston bred disco star Donna Summer, who died in 2012 at the age of 63, gave the world a catalog of memorable, groundbreaking dance music that will thankfully be with us forever. Summer’s legacy will be the focal point of a city sanctioned roller disco tribute party taking place July 18 at Boston’s City Hall Plaza. The celebration is presented in association with the fine folks from dance music festival Together Boston. The party will also help raise awareness of a group of local fans who are trying to establish a permanent memorial in Boston to the Roxbury/Dorchester native.
Dorchester’s Kon and the Gang will be spinning classic disco and funk and Dance Spot Boston, a mobile dance floor art installation, will create a custom installation to honor this Boston music icon. The free event will take place from 6pm-10pm. Bring your skates or rent them on site for free. More details can be found here.
Known for massive club hits such as 1996’s “Cunty (The Feeling)” and a brilliant 1997 cover of George Kranz’s “Din Da Da,” Big Apple nightlife personality Kevin Aviance has launched a fundraiser to raise money for a double hip replacement. “When us ‘queens’ sign up for this fabulous career of doing drag to entertain for all of you the one thing we’re NOT given is medical insurance,” states Aviance, who says he has difficulty walking and performing.
“From marching down Pride events all over the world on foot down the entire route to greet fans, to full choreography shows at Wigstock, charity events, store openings & and many many after-hour marathons in nightclubs week after week for 20 plus years and then being brutally gay bashed have taken a toll on my body. I’ve been known for my over-the-top shows and the way I move on stage and now that has been taken away from me. I can barely walk and it’s been struggle to even put a pair of heels on to just host shows but I have to bite the bullet and deal with the pain for now to survive.”
Aviance, who has been lying low in recent years due to his health condition, says once he undergoes surgery, which will cost $100,000, he will be back to performing within four to five months.
“I’ve gotta eat and pay my own bills but I do have the urge to make a full comeback and perform around the world again but need to take care of this matter first.”
The third and final night of the 18th annual Electric Daisy Carnival came to a dramatic conclusion last night. The sold-out crowd was treated to over 200 artists during the thee-day shindig, with the final night featuring everyone from Bassnectar to Martin Garrix on the decks. While much of the music on the bill wasn’t our cup of tea, you’ve got to respect the quality of production offered to fans. Below are images from the closing night. Screenings of the EDC documentary Under the Electric Sky hits select theaters in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Phoenix on June 27. EDC continues its quest for global domination as it presents EDC UK at Milton Keynes Bowl on July 12-13.
Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas Day 2 (see our photo recap of day one here) is now in the history books. Taking place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the mega festival featured more big-name EDM DJs than you can shake a stick at (over 65, ranging from Diplo to Armin can Buuren!) as well as various art installations, more than 30 carnival rides, five Ferris wheels and plenty of fireworks. The third and final night begins today ay 7 pm. Here’s a photo recap of what happened last night. Continue Reading →