Back to the Roots – DJ Kool Herc at 5POINTZ celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop
Sunday, August 11, 2013
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Stay tuned for more details on this unique fusion of graffiti art and music as SummerStage travels to famed graffiti Mecca, 5POINTZ for a day celebrating the 40th anniversary of Hip-Hop.
DJ Kool Herc is considered the “The Founder of Hip-Hop Culture.” In the early stages of Hip-Hop music, he brought his sound system to block parties in the Bronx and began playing the brief rhythmic sections of records which would become known as “breaks.” Using the two-turntable set-up of the disco DJs, Kool Herc’s style led to the use of two copies of the same record to elongate the break. This breakbeat DJing, using hard Funk, Rock, and records with Latin percussion, formed the basis of Hip-Hop music. DJ Kool Herc’s music along with his announcements to his dancers, called B-Boys and B-Girls, helped pave the way to what everyone now knows as Hip-Hop.
5POINTZ Aerosol Art Center, Inc., considered to be the world’s premiere “graffiti Mecca,” is an outdoor art exhibition space in Long Island City, New York. Aerosol artists (also known as writers) from around the world paint colorful pieces on the walls of this 200,000 square foot factory building. Initially viewed as a marriage of New York City’s five boroughs, today the 5POINTZ reputation spans five continents uniting aerosol artists / writers in Queens. Celebrating 10 years in 2012, 5POINTZ continues to grow featuring over 1000 pieces each year. The founder and gallery curator is graffiti veteran Jonathan Cohen, best known by his signature tag, “Meres One.”