Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment have announced the Celebration of Summer IV: Donna Summer Roller Disco Party will be held at City Hall Plaza on Friday, June 23. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public and will take place between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Boston-born disco legend Donna Summer was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a five-time Grammy winner, and sold over 140 million records worldwide. She was born in Dorchester and was raised in Mission Hill before rising to stardom in the 1970s. She passed away at the age of 62 years old on May 17, 2012. This annual event honors her life and celebrates her music and legacy in Boston.
“The Donna Summer Roller Disco Party kicks off summer at City Hall Plaza, and I’m pleased we’re bringing back this celebration for the fourth consecutive year. We provide fun, free, family events throughout the year, and this event is one of our most anticipated. I look forward to welcoming residents and visitors to City Hall Plaza next month.” – Mayor Walsh
Celebration of Summer IV will feature:
- A performance by Donna Summer’s sister, Mary Gaines Bernard
- Music provided by New England’s Finest DJ Roy Barboza
- An appearance by Donna Summer’s nephew O’Mega Red
- Appearances by other members of Donna Summer’s family
“Donna Summer was not only a Bostonian through and through — her music, spirit, and presence made her a national treasure and global icon,” said event organizer Frankie Stavrianopoulos of Urban Legend Events. “It is only fitting that we celebrate her, in our world class city during the season that bares her namesake in a fun uplifting and musical manner.”
“I am so happy to be with you this year as we celebrate my sister for the 2017 Donna Summer Disco Party,” said Mary Gaines Bernard. “We’re going to have so much fun and make many new memories. Remember to save the ‘last dance’ for me. I’ll meet you under the disco ball!”
In addition to music, City Hall Plaza will feature a roller-skating rink. If attendees don’t have their own skates, the City of Boston will be providing free rentals on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information about the event can be found on boston.gov.
For more summer events hosted by the City, visit the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment.