Resident Advisor Praises Together

It was hard not to marvel at what Together has created in the last nine years.

As Boston’s Together festival closed last month, we were again put into the spotlight by the arbiter of the world dance music community: Resident Advisor.

In the article, Drum and Bass legend Lenore is respectfully named “one of Boston’s most important DJs,” Houseboi is now an “opening-night tradition,” recent SF transplant Aaron Jen is lauded for his “masterclass” of an opening set, and the mighty DJ Kon is (obviously) the “edit master.”

Click here for more on our scene and thank you to Resident Advisor and Andrew Ryce for making a little noise about our part of the global community… We shall return September 22nd-29th!

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Join our co-founder David Day and one of #MakeItNew‘s original resident DJ Baltimoroder as they pull some CHOICE cuts from their large stacks of wax. Minimal techno, micro-house, dub techno, dub reggae, classic house: Choice cuts. Labels will include Playhouse, Perlon, Kompakt, Soul Jazz, and much, much, more.

Joining them will be two local legends. One needs no introduction: DJ Kon is probably the best DJ in Boston. Kon will bring some of his lowest-hanging fruit which, to the traditional DJ, is peak-season harvest.

K.C. Hallett will bring some of his own, and needless to say, extensive, collection. You might know him from his years of the pioneering Soul Revival party in Boston’s South End. Or from his opening for Questlove, DJ Spinna, Kid Koala, Slum Village… Etc.

Also, this Friday you can pop into our Ableton lab where this semester’s Ableton intern Katherine can walk you through some Ableton production sessions.

ADMISSION IS FREE, BUT RSVP TO SAVE YOUR SPOT

A Celebration of Summer III: Recap!

The Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Tribute Party was a huge success this year! Thanks to everyone who came out and helped make this party possible for the third year in a row!

Thank you all for celebrating the music of Donna Summer with us! With this event we hope to continue sharing her legacy and immense contributions to music, culture, and the city of Boston.

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“No Boston-born musician has sold more albums than Donna Summer,” said Holly Thomason of the Boston Roller Derby “As the Roller Derby, we obviously pay our respects but as a woman, Donna represented a bold, courageous, and fearless artist.”

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Special thanks to DJ Kon for rockin’ City Hall Plaza!


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“I am pleased that our Donna Summer Roller Disco party has proven a success and we are able to bring it back for the third consecutive year,” said Mayor Walsh. “We are committed to providing our families and residents with free, fun events all year and the roller disco party honors Donna Summer and her Boston roots while energizing City Hall Plaza.”

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See you next year!

#RIPPRINCE

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Music lovers around the world are mourning the loss of one of the greatest performers of all time: Prince Rodgers Nelson. In this article, 10 very excellent modern artists call out their favorite songs. For Boston’s Kon. It is “I Wanna Be Your Lover.”

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Prince, Prince, Prince…. with a catalogue as deep as Prince Rogers Nelson where does one even start ?

Instead of trying to out nerd myself and Prince fans alike, I chose the anthemic ” I Wanna Be Your Lover ” as my pick.

The year was 1979 and my Mother was the reigning Queen of Disco, a true diva. At the time I was 7 years old and on Saturday nights she would take me along with her to the club on the infamous Landsdowne St. here in Boston, to a venue known as “Spinoff”.

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I was the only little boy in the club on Saturday nights and having a Mom as cool as mine was, we never waited in the line that wrapped down the stairs and around the block…Mom had the juice to get me in. I was in awe of it all, the magic of the music and the atmosphere that forever shaped my taste, that venue was my Paradise Garage.

The DJ would drop jam after jam, so many timeless songs from this era: The Crusaders, Foxy, and of course Michael Jackson was ruling with “Off The Wall”.

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What I loved most about this song was the change up that happens about midway after the hook. A total breakdown on the groove, it just rides out with the bass and the synth jamming together… and for that reason it always stuck with me.

The power of this song and the memories I have that are forever connected to it are the reason why my top pick is ” I Wanna Be Your Lover”

For more iconic artists, including Seven Davis Junior, Andres, and Dam Funk, talking about Prince, visit the Vinyl Factory.

RIP to a great one. Maybe The Greatest of All Time.


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