Shuggie Otis, People Get Ready and More Join City Parks Foundation's SUMMERSTAGE SHOWCASE, 1/10

DJ Kool Herc is considered by many to be the "first hip-hop D.J". In the Early Stages of hip hop music, DJ Kool Herc 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 rapping.

Tickets are required. Tickets are $25 in advance / $30 at the door. Doors open at 6:00PM. Concert begins at 6:30PM. For more event information, including group ticket sales, visit Highline Ballroom's website at

SummerStage presented by AT&T, a program of City Parks Foundation, is New York's largest free performing arts festival. SummerStage annually presents over 100 performances in eighteen parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Latin and world music to dance, spoken word and theater, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City's summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception twenty-six years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage. For more about SummerStage, go to or follow them on Twitter: @SummerStage and Facebook:

City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. CPF works in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs that empower citizens to support their parks on a local level. CPF's programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City. For more about City Parks, go to, or follow them on Twitter: @CPFNYC and Facebook:

The Santa Monica Pier's Twilight Concerts are Southern California's premier free outdoor summer live music events. In 2012, the the series' 28th annual installment, such acts as Best Coast, Amadou & Mariam, and Donavon Frankenreiter performed to audiences averaging more than 10,000 people per show. The 2013 Twilight Concerts are co-produced by the Pier's Music Curator team, a collaboration between veteran independent concert promoters Rum & Humble and Echo/Spaceland Presents. For more information, visit