Night Watch

Hometown DJ Throwdown


At: The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. Saturday, 8 p.m. All ages. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door. 617-547-5200,

The deal: As city councilors of Boston and Cambridge, respectively, Tito Jackson and Leland Cheung are no strangers to some friendly competition. Tonight, the two will loosen their ties and set aside politics to go head-to-head in a DJ competition for hometown bragging rights and to raise funds to support local LGBT youth.

The cause: Recent studies show that LGBT youth make up around 40 percent of the homeless youth population, said Cheung. Cambridge’s Youth on Fire and Boston’s Alliance of LGBT Youth are addressing the problem and offering these kids a community that will help get them back on their feet. Proceeds from the event will go to these organizations.

The crowd: The event aims to attract a diverse crowd of social activists and house music enthusiasts. Jackson is relying on audience support. He joked, “Hopefully it’s a crowd that recognizes good music and superior DJ skills and will vote for me.”


The DJs: The throwdown, hosted by emcee, referee, and performer DJ On&On, will consist of five bouts —10 sets — starting off with the Cheung vs. Jackson match. It will be followed by a collection of the area’s freshest mix-makers, one from each side of the Charles, facing off against each other. Cheung, who began DJ-ing in college, already has a signature sound: “I play a lot of dub-step, hard trance, and dance music.” Unaware of his counterpart’s turntable skills when he agreed to the competition, Jackson admitted to being somewhat underprepared. “I have about six hours of training under my belt right now.”

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