‘Wild Style’ Celebrates 35th Anniversary with East River Fete

Posted on: August 8th, 2018 at 5:04 am by

Pioneering hip-hop film Wild Style turns 35 this year. Tomorrow night is another homecoming tribute.

Much like five years ago – the event is part of Summerstage – the celebration includes a screening at the East River Bandshell. Plus, the opportunity to mingle with luminaries from the era.

Director Charlie Ahearn is master of ceremonies presiding over festivities. DJ Funk Flex is headlining; other special guests include Almighty Kay Gee, Busy Bee, DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore, DJ Tony Crush, Eclipse, EZ AD, Grand Master Caz, Patti Astor, and Rodney C.

There is also a more exclusive after party at The Delancey with Wild Style VIPs The Fantastic Five, Cold Crush Brothers, Busy Bee, Double Trouble, Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quinones, Lady Pink, and other cast and crew.

The film is a cult classic and portrayed the Siamese birth of both hip-hop and graffiti. And with graffiti culture watered down in the age of hyper-photogenic street art, this quasi-documentary from 1973 is refreshing as ever.

Of course, chosen locale is significant since the iconic final jam in Wild Style takes place on the stage of this formerly decrepit amphitheater.

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