If we know each other on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Vine, or maybe even, gasp!, in real life (if you stood next to me in the Pho Viet banh mi line we are automatically BFFs, that's just a fact) you've probably heard mention of The Nightcap. It's an AWESOME event I'm jazzed to be working on with my husband, Ananth Pandian, and our friend Luke Bonner. Luke and his bro Matt Bonner founded the Rock On Foundation, a non-profit that hosts ridiculously cool events that somehow flawlessly combine mega NBA events with indie rock. The money they raise from these shenanigans goes to local academic, athletic, or artists programs to do things like "renovate public basketball courts, provide financial aid for underprivileged youth interested in art and music, assist with the development of new community art programs, help at-risk youth to attend life skills basketball camps, and help fund a Police Activities youth basketball league" (RockOnFoundation.org). 

So what does this have to do with Boston and our creative community? Well in a few weeks the  MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference will bring leaders from across the sports, technology, media, and entertainment industries to Boston. In past years Ananth found that these awesome guys and gals didn't really venture out into our fair city and experience the cool things that go down, or get to know the locals behind said coolness. So this year Rock On is inviting the Sloan attendees and everyone else to Church of Boston on Saturday, March 1st beginning at 7:30 PM for an unofficial Sloan Conference after-party and Boston showcase. We're calling it The Nightcap and there will be something for everyone to geek out on. Seriously: 

  • Play: We kick the night off with a Rajon Rondo-inspired Connect Four Tournament (!!) sponsored by Somerville-based Train Gum (gum helps you concentrate, say the scientists, and board game tournaments are for real so you've gotta bring it). The Tournament will include Local Celebrity Competitors like James DiSabatino, proprietor of Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, funny man, and former contestant on Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race. Sign-up is required (space is limited) and requires an extra $5 donation so get on that. 
  • Laugh: After the Tournament will be performances from comedians Hari Kondabolu (indie comedy super hero credentials include appearances on Conan and Jimmy Kimmel but, more importantly to this stand up fan girl, Marc Maron's WTF podcast and Pete Holme's You Made It Weird), the irreverent Greg Gethard and Aaron Hertzog of the Holding Court Podcast, and local favorite Shaun Bedgood (first saw him at the late great Grandma's Basement, RIP Grandma's). 
  • Dance: The night cap's off (see what I did there?) with music by DJ Vid Kid and “party attack”/DJ/ hip hop band Big Digits.

Oh oh oh, and we're doing a spin on the traditional merch table concept with a pop-up “souvenir shop” featuring affordable (read: under $100) works from local artists including Aaron Dana and Andrew Lorge (who may be laser cutting a mini Connect Four board as a trophy, guess you'll have to come by to find out).

HOTNESS. See you there (better get a ticket before they sell out). 

Can't stop won't stop- we're posting updates on The Nightcap to our official press releaseFacebook event page, and on Twitter with hashtag #NightcapBOS. 

UPDATE 2/20: AMystery Mei” (one of the sibling founders of Mei Mei food truck and restaurant) will also be competing in the Connect Four tourney. G'ah!

Official event poster by the great Mark Malazarte 

Official event poster by the great Mark Malazarte 

Comedy headliner Hari Kondabolu

Music headliners Big Digits 

Dorchester's own Shaun Bedgood

Gregg Gethard on "Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?"