"Konocopia," a one-of-a-kind party featuring a gathering of top Boston DJs for a night of music and dance the city has rarely seen. Come celebrate with friends old and new at an event that will showcase nine hot DJs spinning magic on two dance floors. You'll hear Soulful House, Latin and Afro beats and contemporary R&B. Proceeds from the event will be dedicated to a scholarship honoring longtime Boston DJ Kris Kono at the Berklee College of Music.
Among the incredible talent spinning will be some of Boston's best deep underground DJs, including DJ Bruno of Utopia Boston, KC Hallett of Atmosphere, and Adam Gibbons of Uhuru Afrika. We'll showcase Cruzz, Bob Diesel, Chris Grant, Man of the House and House Head Pete, all of the Boston HouseMusic Coalition. Also prominently featured will be DJ Maryalice of the Boatslip and Venus Rising; Kelvin Sylvester of the Shadow Kings, and Machine's Reggie Johnson, a driving force behind Konocopia.
What all these magnificent DJs have in common -- in addition to their ability to heat up a dance floor -- is a love of their friend, Boston's "First Lady of House," DJ Kris Kono, who is the inspiration behind Konocopia.
This event will honor the life and music of Kris Kono, a longtime beloved DJ in Boston who lost a brave battle with cancer last year. She was a physical therapy supervisor for Boston's New England Baptist Hospital and a well-celebrated east coast DJ and member of Boston's HouseMusic Coalition. She played to diverse crowds such as Montreal's Black & Blue festival, NYC Gay Pride Rapture on the Pier, Miami's Winter Music Conference, and was resident DJ at Boston Dyke Nights for many years, playing Machine and Milky Way, as well as Circuit Girl. Many also danced to Kris's mixes at Toast, Lava Bar and Vixen. She started at the pioneering underground "Club Lucy" in Hartford, Conn., in the 1980s.
Kris was well known for her abiding warmth and positive energy, which she always brought with her to the dance floor. She was deeply passionate about music, and though we lost her too soon, her spirit lives on in the hearts and souls of thousands who were touched by her.
"I'm part of this event because she was my friend, because we shared the same passion for house music, because like me she wouldn't mind playing music for 5 people or 500 people,'' said Cruzz, resident DJ at 28 Degrees in Boston."I'm doing this, because her life and passion for the music needs to be celebrated."
Kris's longtime business partner, Kristen E. Porter, founder of Dyke Night Productions, is lending her support to the fundraiser because of the bond the two shared, and their joint interest in building community.
"Kris Kono was an authentically loving, caring, non-ego-bound spirit who truly wanted to work collaboratively and with a philosophy of giving,'' Porter said. "Music moved her and she was passionate about sharing this love with others. Spinning to a full room each month brought her great joy - joy that she shared selflessly with all those around her."
The event is sure to draw hundreds of people, across the full spectrum of Kris's music life, from the House world to the gay community. "This night will be monumental,'' said Bob Diesel, publicist and DJ with the Boston HouseMusic Coalition. The collective of DJs spinning at the party he said, "are coming to together to not only play the music of Kris Kono, but playing music that's inspired by Kris."
A limited number of VIP tickets are $40 in advance online only, includes a special gift bag loaded music, memorabilia plus the KONOCOPIA T-shirt, access to VIP lounge and more.
There will also be a related event on Wednesday, April 4th at Bella Luna/Milky way in Jamaica Plain, the "Kris Kono Memorial Health Initiative," from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., hosted by New England Baptist Hospital. Konocopia and the Health Initiative are partners in these events.
Machine Nightclub (View)
1256 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02215
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|