As part of the city-wide music festival “Make Music New York,” which includes over 1,300 performances throughout the city’s five boroughs, the Bronx Music Heritage Center presents “DJ Kool Herc: A Tribute to a Founding Father of Hip-Hop,” on June 21, 2014. This hip-hop homecoming, honors Bronx native DJ Kool Herc, “whose revolutionary turntable stylings laid the foundations for the genre, and inspired the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash.” The event takes place from 4:00 to 8:00pm at 1303 Louis Niñé Boulevard, Bronx New York. This event is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation is suggested.
Block Party: From 4:00 to 6:30pm there will be a Block Party with performances by Circa95, Bocafloja, YC The Cynic, Rebel Diaz, AG, Sadat X, DJ GrandWizzard Theodore, DJ Charlie Hustle, DJ Kid Koi, and more.
Jamaican Jam with DJ Kool Herc: From 7:00 to 8:00pm DJ Kool Herc himself takes the turntables.
DJ Kool Herc: Jamaican-born and Bronx-raised DJ Kool Herc is credited as one of the originators of Hip Hop. In the early 1970s while attending the Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School in the Bronx, Herc developed his music style utilizing two turntables to extend “the break,” which came to exemplify Hip Hop. In August 1973, Herc put on a legendary concert at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, which launched Hip Hop into the world and changed Bronx music forever.