Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung will mix it up with Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson in a DJ contest this weekend that is being billed the “Hometown DJ Throwdown.”
The Cambridge vs. Boston battle for bragging rights and the title of “Ultimate DJ” will be held Saturday night at The Sinclair in Harvard Square with proceeds going to charity.
Cheung said the DJ showdown is intended to inspire a spirit of collaboration between the neighboring cities.
But Cheung will be ready to throw down.
The two-term city councilor said he used to DJ in college and still has the equipment. He said Jackson has been learning to DJ, but he’s not sure how skilled he is.
“I think I have a couple years advantage on him,” Cheung said.
Jackson, who was elected as Boston's District 7 city councilor in 2011, said he has much more style and flair than Cheung, even if the Cambridge councilor has more experience at the turntable.
"I'm very confident I will hold my own," Jackson said. "My style, I think, will carry me through. I believe Leland will need to go to Barnes & Noble and purchase a journal so he can begin a journal about his loss."
Cheung is raising money for Youth on Fire, a non-profit organization that assists homeless young people, and Jackson is raising money for the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Youth.
Jackson said he and Cheung wanted to raise awareness about homeless youth, and he said he's raising money for the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Youth because the organization helps with what is one of the fastest growing populations of homeless people.
Other DJs will perform for the show, and the main event will begin when Cheung showcases his DJ skills for twenty minutes. The crowd will get five minutes to catch its breath before Jackson takes his spin.
Jackson said Cheung kept saying he was a good DJ and that is where the two got the idea for the DJ showdown.
While Jackson is crossing the river to Cambridge for the contest, he said he may invite Cheung to a rematch in Boston if the event is a success.
Ticket information and a full list of the DJ participants can be found here.