The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center has gradually created a bona fide space for Hip-Hop within its gates over the past year. It has appointed A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip as its First Artistic Director of Hip-Hop Culture in 2016 and is awarding LL Cool J as the first ever Hip-Hop representative on its esteemed Kennedy Honors list. In continuation, Kennedy Center has announced that it will be having several concerts with a multitude of rap pioneers called “The Bridge Series” beginning this month on November 20. The event is produced by Non-Phixion member, producer, and radio station host DJ Eclipse.
The concert is titled “The Bridge Concert Series: Pioneering Emcees Vol. 1” and will be hosted by Cold Crush Brothers front-man Grandmaster Caz and The Juice Crew’s Roxanne Shanté. The bill includes 1970s and ’80s Hip-Hop pioneers such as Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow, MC Sha Rock (of Funky 4 + 1), Queen Lisa Lee, Spoonie Gee, and platinum-selling group Whodini. The resident DJ for the event will be Hip-Hop radio trailblazer Kool DJ Red Alert.
To evoke the authenticity of Hip-Hop roots, New York City graffiti pioneer Phase 2 is the designer for the first flyer. Phase 2 was instrumental in the development of the earliest flyers for Hip-Hop parties in The Bronx during the 1970s and 1980s.