Donna Summer Roller Disco Party Ends Up A Smash Hit for Boston

Photo by Greg Cook

Right as the summer solstice was just around the corner to sprinkle us with joy & happiness, so was Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.  On June 19th, the city of Boston in collaboration with Together Boston, held the 2nd annual “Celebration of Summer” event in Boston. Hundreds of citizens came together for a night of roller-skating, funk music, and friendly smiles from ear to ear in celebration of the amazing Donna Summer.

Donna Summer was a Boston native that later went on to become a legend in the music industry. She was the first artist to ever have three consecutive albums reach No. 1 on Billboards charts. She has also sold over 140 million records worldwide.

The event was held at the City Hall Plaza. People could bring their own skates or they could rent some at a near-by tent. The DJ’s of the night who kept the swell, joyful overtones were none other than Boston’s own Bosq and Caserta.

Photo by Greg Cook

Thanks to Perry Eaton at Boston.com, Get Ready for Another Donna Summer Roller Disco was published.

We thought the full interviews were too good to leave on the editing floor, however. They’re a great insight into the minds of these two beloved local DJs.

First up: BOSQ

It’s not about getting the olympics or getting google to build offices, it’s about events like this that bring everyone together around the arts & music to have an amazing time.

Have you ever played a skating party before? How is this show different than the other sets you have performed in the past?

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I’ve played a party where people are skating before but nothing near as proper as this! This is different on a lot of levels, as a DJ you are 90% of the time playing in dark clubs at night to a 21-35 year old crowd who probably don’t know a lot of these classic records, or if they do, it’s the same way I do, from going back and discovering rather than experiencing it at the time. The amazing diversity this party brings means you have the people who heard and love these records when they came out and experienced them in a way I never could (being born in ’83). You also have the younger generation getting exposed to these classics at the same time and seeing the effect they have on people! There’s also nothing quite like good disco records in the sunshine!

What kinds of tricks do you guys have up your sleeves for Friday’s event?
To me this is all about the music – my only trick will be quality records taking the spotlight!

We live in a time where DJ’s are put on stages with explosions and light shows as a distraction from the fact that the music is lacking.

I view my role here as a guide to create a seamless flow of great music and vibes. I also take it as a personal mission to show people that disco music goes so much deeper than Saturday Night Fever!

What has Donna Summer’s music meant for you in your careers? What did Donna Summer mean for Boston music in general?
Like I mentioned before, being born in the 80s I missed out on the original explosion but have done everything I can to catch up.

To me disco music is one of the most universal forms of music and encompasses so much – it’s dance music, it can be as musically complex as jazz, it can be soulful, it can be political, it can also just be fun.

As for Donna specifically the thing I admire about her most is her willingness to push the envelope. It’s easy to play it safe when you are at the top but she chose to work with Giorgio Moroder and helped bring electronic music into the mainstream in doing so.

How is an event like this, an all ages one that appeals to such a wide range of listeners, important for a local music scene? What is the importance of community as it pertains to music?

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This type of thing is, I think, the number one way Boston can become the “world class” city it wants to be. It’s not about getting the olympics or getting google to build offices, it’s about events like this that bring everyone together around the arts & music to have an amazing time. Boston is segregated in a lot of ways and ignoring those barriers and bringing communities together who might not usually interact is really important.

What are you most excited about for Friday (June 19th, 2015)? Anything else in particular that you’d like to add?
I’m most excited to see a massive & diverse crowd celebrating and dancing to amazing music in the heart of Boston. If I’m being completely honest it’s not something I thought I’d ever see here! Come early! It’s only 4 hours and once a year so come enjoy as much as you can!

Bosq is also an accomplished musician and producer. Follow him online here.

Caserta had the pleasure of DJ’ing the event with DJ Kon last year. Caserta is a consummate Bostonian, and Kon’s right hand man. Imagine this interview in a thich Bawston accent.

 Seeing the younger generation take a break from the same cookie cutter music they hear on the radio and in the local dance clubs to do something different is probably the most gratifying part for me.

Have you ever played a skating party before? How is this show different than the other sets you have performed in the past?
I actually played last year with Kon, so going into year 2 I have a better idea of what to expect. Truthfull, I never gave to much thought to it being a “Skating Party” as opposed to any other type of event.
Its been said “Music is the universal language.” While it sounds cliche it still holds true, It doesn’t matter if your on skates, in sneakers or off in one of the 4 corners of the world. Good music will always get a party going.

Caserta in Action – Photo by Lizz Ellis

What kinds of tricks do you guys have up your sleeves for Friday’s event?

Well, I was planning on DJing in bellbottoms and roller-skates but the City was worried I may roll off the back of the stage and split my pants so I guess that’s out. In all seriousness, I’m mainly focused on letting the music do most of the talking. However, if you pay close attention to and your a true disco fanatic you may notice some surprises in there (wink wink).

What has Donna Summer’s music meant for you in your careers? What did Donna Summer mean for Boston music in general?
Unfortunately I wasn’t born when Donna was at her peak so I didn’t get to witness it first hand. However being born and raised around Boston in a very musical home, I’d say I picked up on things rather quickly. Looking back on the 70’s-80’s wether it was Donna Summer, Tavares or New Edition to name a few, the city certainly wasn’t short on talent.

How is an event like this, an all ages one that appeals to such a wide range of listeners, important for a local music scene? What is the importance of community as it pertains to music?
I think its very important, and not just to the music scene but people in general. For me it’s as simple as people of all ages and walks of life coming together just to have a good time.
It was especially exciting for me last year to see the amount of young people that came out and enjoyed themselves. Seeing the younger generation take a break from the same cookie cutter music they hear on the radio and in the local dance clubs to do something different is probably the most gratifying part for me.

What are you most excited about for Friday? Anything else in particular that you’d like to add?
To be honest I’m excited for it all, It’s hard for me to pick one thing out of an event so unique and important to the city .

But if pressed to pick, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how much I loved seeing people with their own custom skates and outfits last year. It brought an authenticity to the event for me to know these people were actually there when Disco was topping the charts and Donna Summer was its Queen.

Lastly I’d like to say, Get there early! Events like this is hard to come by these days so Id suggest taking as much in as possible!

Caserta is also more than a DJ. Check the free download below.

The night of fun turned out to be a success with hundreds of people dancing and a line of eager roller-skaters that went all around City Hall. To see more pictures of the event, click here.

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