Credited with being the first DJ to physically lay his hands on vinyl and "scratch" it, hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash performs at U Street Music Hall with Jahsonic and DJ Detroyt. This event is NOT at the Kennedy Center.
Grandmaster Flash is credited with being the first DJ to physically lay his hands on vinyl and "scratch" it, when at the time, DJs would let the tone arm of the turntable guide the way. In addition to scratching, Flash sparked and nourished the trend of the "emcee" and from there formed the famed hip-hop group, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. The group went platinum with their 1982 single "The Message" and their series of productions throughout the 80s introduced DJing to a larger audience than it had ever known. In addition to becoming the first DJ to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Flash has been the recipient of several awards, including the VH1 Hip-Hip Honors, the BET Icon Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the RIAA, and Bill Gates' Vanguard Award.
For ticket information, visit U Street Music Hall's website.
This event, produced by U Street Music Hall, is recognized as part of the Kennedy Center's One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide festival.