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Annual Summer Disco Party at City Hall Plaza Tonight

Event celebrates superstar and Boston native Donna Summer


It’s time to put on your flared pants, lace up your roller skates, and head to City Hall Plaza tonight for the Fourth Annual Summer Disco Party honoring the late disco diva and Boston native Donna Summer. The popular event draws thousands of disco, dancing, and Donna Summer fans. The five-time Grammy winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame died in 2012. The festivities are free and open to the public and include musical tributes to Summer, special guests, and plenty of dancing.

This year’s party will feature a performance by Mary Gaines Bernard, Summer’s sister, and several other family members, including rapper O’Mega Red, Summer’s nephew, will appear. Hot 96.9’s DJ Roy Barboza will provide additional music; expect upbeat throwbacks that will make you want to get down like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever.

Roller skaters in City Hall Plaza

Each year thousands gather to pay homage to the late Donna Summer during the annual Summer Disco Party.

Summer was born in Dorchester and raised in Mission Hill. Known as the “Queen of Disco,” she sold over 140 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Her hits, which include “Hot Stuff,” “I Feel Love,” “She Works Hard for the Money,” and “On the Radio,” were the bread and butter of disco halls in the 1970s. Those chart-toppers and more will be the soundtrack for tonight’s festivities.

Attendees are welcome to dance or skate to the music and can bring their own skates or rent them free of charge at the event. Skates will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so plan ahead and come early if you need skates.

The Summer Disco Party is at City Hall Plaza, One City Hall Square, tonight, Friday, June 23, from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Find directions here.

Liz Vanderau can be reached at vanderau@bu.edu.

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