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Rock On Foundation presents The Nightcap: An Annual Sloan Conference After-Party 


Boston, MA (February 18, 2014) – On Saturday, March 1st Boston will invite leaders from across the sports, technology, media, and entertainment industries to celebrate Boston and the unique influences that make it a world-class city: sports, academics, music, comedy, art, philanthropy and entrepreneurship. This unique event, The Nightcap, is an annual and unofficial MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference after-party to benefit the Rock On Foundation- a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded by former UMass basketball player, Luke Bonner, and his brother Matt of the San Antonio Spurs.

Hosted by veteran music destination Church of Boston, The Nightcap will kick off with a Rajon Rondo-inspired Connect Four tournament (sign-up is live) sponsored by Somerville-based Train Gum. The Tournament will include Local Celebrity Competitors like TJ Connelly (co-founder of onthebar, host of The Night Shift on The Boston Globe’s RadioBDC, and DJ for the Boston Red Sox), Graham Wright (founder and host of Opus Affair), James DiSabatino (proprietor of Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and former contestant on Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race), and a “Mystery Mei” (one of the sibling founders of Mei Mei food truck and restaurant).  

After the Tournament will be performances from comedians Hari Kondabolu (“a comic from Queens currently living in Brooklyn” who has appeared on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, John Oliver’s New York Standup Show, WTF with Marc Maron, and You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes- just to name a few!!), Gregg Gethard and Aaron Hertzog of the Holding Court Podcast, and Shaun Bedgood. Next there will be music by DJ Vid Kid and “party attack”/DJ/ hip hop band Big Digits. Finally, a pop-up “souvenir shop” will feature Grillos Pickles and affordable works from local artists including Aaron Dana, Andrew Lorge, and Jennifer Carland and Regina Valluzzi of Turning Art. In short: a night of playing, laughing, and dancing.

“We’re really excited to help introduce The Nightcap,” says Rock On’s Executive Director, Luke Bonner. “The Sloan Sports Conference attracts some of the greatest minds in the sports industry to Boston. So, this event offers a unique opportunity for those people to come together for a great time while experiencing the city of Boston. It’s going to be a unique showcase of local art, music, comedy, and community.”

“When you say you’re from Boston so many people are quick to mention how much they love the city, whether from visiting or living here at some point in their life,” says event co-organizer Ananth Pandian, a contributor to ESPN TrueHoop's Hardwood Paroxysm. “I’m excited for Sloan attendees to get to know the side of Boston I love: great indie music, our legacy of comedic talent, a chill and collaborative arts scene, and inspiring organizations like Rock On that are bringing it all together.”

The event is open to the public. Sports, music, comedy, arts, and good times fans (so, everyone in Boston) are invited to attend The Nightcap on Saturday, March 1st beginning at 7:30 PM EST at Church (69 Kilmarnock Street Boston, MA, 02215). Tickets are $12 and are required for entry. Attendees are encouraged to purchase in advance as space is limited. For tickets and additional information on performers or partners please visit: For real time updates, like Rock On Foundation on Facebook and follow along with the hashtag #NightcapBOS on Twitter. Participation in the Connect 4 tournament is an additional $5 and registration is required: Registration for the Connect Four tournament is limited to 32 individuals and tickets to the show are also required.

About the Rock On Foundation

The Rock On Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports community athletic and artistic initiatives. Since its creation in early 2013, Rock On has operated events such as an NBA Three-Point Contest viewing party, Sneakers and Speakers SXSW music showcase in Austin (TX), Sneakers and Speakers summer benefit concert in Portsmouth (NH), the Mid-Summer Classic high school basketball tournament in Concord (NH), the Okkervil River ACL After Show in Austin (TX), and, most recently the Alt-Star Party in New Orleans (LA) (which featured a reunion set from the Walkmen).


Like The Nightcap, the Rock On Foundation’s unique events inspire and enhance the community with proceeds going to local nonprofit organizations that support community artistic and/or athletic endeavors. To date, Rock On has distributed funds in support of its mission to renovate public basketball courts, provide financial aid for underprivileged youth interested in art and music lessons, assist with the development of new community art programs, provide financial aid for at-risk youth to attend life skills basketball camps, and help fund a Police Activities youth basketball league. 

About Train Gum

Train Gum was founded by Sam Singer in 2012 when he was chewing gum in his dorm room and realized he couldn’t pronounce half the ingredients! Taking matters into his own hands, he decided to make his own artisan gum with five all natural ingredients. Train offers health conscious and savvy customers an alternative to artificial chewing gums and is sold online or in local markets (see for a full listing).