This will be the last Boyfriends ever.
The night began back in 2012 when DJ Brent Covington and VJ Sean Johnson (of the long-running gay indie night Fur And Gold, now called FUZZ) brought their love of melodic dance music, queer artists, and provocative visuals to the Milky Way in Jamaica Plain. Years later, Sean moved to Portland, OR, and a fortuitous request by James Babu to play Robyn ultimately led to him taking over the VJ position in February 2015.
Nightlife is notoriously fickle. If a night's style and musical direction is unable to gain interest and attendees, it won't last very long. So we began to think of different ways to continue keeping the night relevant and fun.
We initially tried a theme night for Kylie Minogue, who has a long career full of standout dance tracks and stunning videos, and we discovered that focusing so deeply on an artist like her provided something that was missing in the Boston nightlife scene. The fact that Boyfriends is an indie night allowed us the freedom and ability to do something that was specifically catered for her hardcore fans. As the months and years rolled on we applied this formula to the other great icons in pop dance music: Madonna, Giorgio Moroder, Beyoncé, Sia, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Björk, Goldfrapp, Janet Jackson, Missy Elliott, and of course Robyn.
However, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. VJ James is moving to Seattle, while DJ Brent is scaling back his DJing to focus on his FUZZ night and devote more time to volunteering with the Wicked Queer LGBT Film Festival in Boston. We would like to voice our immense gratitude to the Milky Way and its staff for all of their support and encouragement since day one! It has truly been a pleasure working with this nightlife family. And of course we can't forget YOU — thank you to all of the wonderful people who have come to our events over the past six years and danced with us. We couldn’t have had a night without you!
There are many other indie queer nights in Boston that focus on delivering unique music experiences that mainstream clubs unfortunately find hard to offer. So please go out and support these other indie queer nights: La Boum (Milky Way), FUZZ (The Alley Bar), *sip* Tea Dance (Jacques Underground), Don't Ask Don't Tell (Great Scott), Houseboi (Middlesex Lounge), Visceral (Cambridge), Brash/Queer Party (Brass Union), Fascination (Jacques Underground), and Fifty Four & Versus (Thunder Road). There is no shortage of them if you make the effort!
Keep indie queer nightlife going in Boston. Your disco needs you!
Resident DJ Brent Covington
Live visuals: James Babu
10pm — 1am
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Directions to the Milky Way can be found on their website: MilkyWayJP.com