City Hall is Throwing a Roller Disco Party in Honor of Donna Summer This Friday Night

When was the last time you busted a move at the roller rink? (Whether you actually busted an impressive move or busted your nose slipping and faceplanting on your skates doesn’t matter.) It’s probably been too long since you revisited the childhood pastime of rollerskating, and City Hall wants to revive those memories this Friday night at a roller disco party, because rollerskating is relevant again thanks to Beyoncé’s “Blow” video.

In honor of Donna Summer, the people of Boston are invited to City Hall Plaza Friday, July 18 from 6 to 10 p.m for the Donna Summer Roller Disco Tribute. The legendary singer was born and raised in the Boston area, having lived in Mission Hill, Roxbury and Dorchester. Summer became an icon of the late 1970s disco era, and two years after her death in 2012, this Friday night roller disco party will be celebrated in tribute to the late singer.

A collaboration between the Mayor’s Office of Art and Culture and Together Boston, the electronic music and tech festival that celebrated its fifth year in the city this May, the party will bring together disco lovers and rollerskaters alike. Music will be provided by Dorchester DJ Kon and friends, who will be spinning the disco and funk tunes while you try not to fall on your face. Wondering how skating over the brick of City Hall Plaza would pan out? Worry not: Dance Spot Boston is providing the platform. The local company specializes in interactive public art installations that turn outdoor floorspace into dance floors, and this Friday, they’ll be turning City Hall Plaza into a roller disco dance floor.

Adding to the Donna Summer celebration will be two of Boston’s famous drag queens, Frieda Fries and Nicholle Pride of Perestroika, will be at the event to model the late disco queen’s iconic styles.

Don’t have any rollerskates or blades handy? That’s OK, no one really expects you to. Skates and blades can be rented on Friday free of charge at the event, and if you don’t want to skate, you can just come and dance.

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