Local band featured at record release party
After a successful release in London, a record release party for his new compilation album, “Boston Goes Disco,” will be hosted by Serge Gamesbourg & Disconnection on Friday, September 28. “Boston Goes Disco” is a release on legendary BBE records out of the United Kingdom that sheds light on the history of obscure Boston disco groups from late 70s & early 80s.
Serge will be DJing the event and taking guests on a musical journey with live performances by local unsung heroes Cojo and The Christopher Michael Band, both featured artists on the album. The event, which is sponsored by Carlsberg Beer, is going to take place at Sonia (10 Brookline St., Cambridge) from 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
The idea for the disc came to Serge around 2003 or 2004, when he discovered The Christopher Michael Band’s 45 titled “You Make Me Happy,” and after further research he saw that copies of the record (only 500 were pressed) were highly sought by collectors.
The Christopher Michael Band was a local band that featured Everett’s Mike Matarazzo (aka Christopher Michael), Richard Manzi and Steve DeYeso, along with Melrose’s Mike Dotoli, Malden’s Bruce Neale and Chuck Forbes, and Medford’s Kevin Mucci.
“We are shocked at the staying power of this simple song,” said Matarazzo, who recently retired as Everett’s City Clerk. “There was no dubbing or multi-tracking on the original recording. We just played.”
As far as playing the song again at the record release party, Matarazzo joked, “We haven’t played together in 40 years, and with everybody’s schedule, we have only rehearsed it once, so we’ll just take our cues from Rich, like we always did.” The band has recruited Malden’s Bob Taylor to fill in on trumpet for the night.
Tickets for the event are available at ticketweb.com.