Tweeting from DJ Kool Herc Benefit Concert

19 02 2011

Friday night DJ Pillo, Mista Rare Groove and April Reign — three of Cincinnati’s premier DJs — performed at Main Event for their second “Selectas Choice” concert. This time they donated the proceeds to help hip-hop legend DJ Kool Herc, also known as Clive Campbell. The benefit concert was part of a nation-wide effort to raise money for his recent medical expenses.

Among hip-hop historians, Kool Herc is credited with being one of the main pioneers of hip-hop culture in the 1970s. The model he created — after moving the sound system style of his native Jamaica to the Bronx — birthed the modern concept of the DJ. What we now know as hip-hop culture developed around the block parties early DJ’s like Kool Herc hosted.

Kool Herc is currently in poor health and was hospitalized last month to treat a serious case of kidney stones. But he doesn’t have health insurance, so he’s in dire financial straits due to all of his medical expenses. The $5 cover charge from each attendee at the benefit concert will go toward the medical relief fund set up to offset the more than $10 thousand in bills Kool Herc has already built up.

I attended the benefit concert and tweeted what I observed from time to time, so readers could get a small sense of what it was like.

Benefit Concert Live Tweets by GDobbins:

GDobbins Selectas Choice DJ Kool Herc Benefit show just began at#MainEvent downtown. 835 Main Street. #herald about 10 hours ago via web

GDobbins People are trickling in at #MainEvent. DJ Mista Rare Groove is spinning some old school songs to set the mood. #herald about 10 hours ago via web

GDobbins “…touch this illa-fith dynamite…touch this illa-fith dynamite…”#KoolHercBenefit#MainEvent#herald about 10 hours ago via web

GDobbins .@MildredFallen working door at #MainEvent. 2 guys reminded of $5 cover. “We just got out of prison. We’re just happy to be out!”#heraldabout 10 hours ago via web

GDobbins Ah, The first couple on the dance floor. Whoever you are, I solute you. #MistaRareGroove#KoolHercBenefit#herald about 10 hours ago via web

GDobbins Storyteller and #YourNegroTourGuide extraordinaire#KathyY.Wilson is circulating around the room. Cracking everyone up, of course. #herald about 10 hours ago via web

GDobbins “I’m so into you… I don’t know what I’m gonna do…” #SWVhttp://t.co/ABULQwk via DJ #MistaRareGroove#MainEvent#KoolHercBenefit#heraldabout 10 hours ago via web

GDobbins The party with a purpose is still getting started at #MainEvent. | Selectas Choice – DJ Kool Herc Benefit http://on.fb.me/fJPxWj#herald about 10 hours ago via web

GDobbins The crowd looks a little thin at the moment. But the night is still young, I guess. #MainEvent #KoolHercBenefit #heraldabout 10 hours ago via web

GDobbins #MistaRareGroove‘s rhythms really clash with the #KirstieAlleymovie on TV behind me. I just noticed how surreal it is. #MainEvent.#herald about 10 hours ago via web

GDobbins Rough head count: 50 -60 people, counting DJs, etc. #MainEvent#heraldabout 9 hours ago via txt

GDobbins A little #Rakim gets a few more away from the bar & on floor.#KoolHercBenefit #herald about 9 hours ago via txt

GDobbins Skilled breakers really getting down @ #MainEvent. Make room, folks! #herald about 9 hours ago via txt

GDobbins “here we go, yo… now whats the scenario…!” via #AprilReign#herald about 8 hours ago via txt

GDobbins “Can #KathyYWilson Kick It? Yes she can” with #AprilReign working the mix. http://youtu.be/UbDFS6cg1AI #KoolHercBenefit #herald about 8 hours ago via web

GDobbins #AprilReign really amps up the crowd with MC Lyte & Parliament’s “Flashlight” #KoolHercBenefit http://youtu.be/ygteZWP_tL0 #herald about 8 hours ago via web

GDobbins “Welcome to Jamrock…Get up, stand up…” #MistaRareGroove#KoolHercBenefit #herald about 8 hours ago via web

GDobbins “Get up…get down… 911’s a joke in your town…” very apropos#AprilReign#KoolHercBenefit http://youtu.be/oJ-ldcnhsLY #herald about 8 hours ago via web

GDobbins #AprilReign takes it back to an old “Apache” break. Been waiting for that #KoolHerc standard all night. http://youtu.be/WY-Z6wm6TMQ #herald about 8 hours ago via web

GDobbins “Nasty Girl…?” To me, it will always be the strip-club-scene song from Beverly Hills Cop. #AprilReign #heraldhttp://youtu.be/bfLZfyphg0M about 8 hours ago via web

GDobbins The crowd @ #MainEvent? Still 50-60 people. But the energy feels like triple that. #heraldabout 7 hours ago via txt

GDobbins “Oh-Yeah-Er” #DJPillo is on the mix. Crowd seems tired, but some still put hands in the air. http://on.mtv.com/1Rb8ll #MainEvent#herald about 7 hours ago via web

GDobbins “Brand New Funk” by Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Didn’t see that one coming. #DJPillo #KoolHercBenefithttp://youtu.be/K3Ac8Ehb0HQ #herald about 7 hours ago via web

GDobbins #MainEvent crowd just exploded. Surprised they like #LLCoolJ like that. http://youtu.be/XOnk07rDgfU #DJPillo #KoolHercBenefit#herald about 7 hours ago via web

GDobbins #DJPillo closing it down with some #AlGreenhttp://youtu.be/jfWPDGWP568 and #ATribeCalledQuest.#MainEvent #Herald about 7 hours ago via web  (It turned out that they were nowhere near done.)

GDobbins This bunch knows every word to “Electric Relaxation” –http://youtu.be/ERQzl4xDpXk – #ATribeCalledQuest#KoolHercBenefit #DJPillo #heraldabout 6 hours ago via web

GDobbins #DJPillo is calling out all the local celebs in the crowd.#PerrySimmons is here? Where? #KoolHercBenefit #MainEvent#heraldabout 6 hours ago via web

GDobbins You know it’s getting late when KathyYWilson pauses to tell you how old she feels. #KoolHercBenefit #MainEvent #DJPillo #heraldabout 6 hours ago via web

GDobbins Blend of #Jackson5 “I Want You Back” and #KrissKross “Jump” and right into #SlickRick “Children’s Story.” #DJPillo #KoolHercBenefit#heraldabout 6 hours ago via web

GDobbins That’s definitely #MrDibbs dancing. There’s #MarvinHawkins. Not huge group, but powerful. Biggest names in Cincy hip-hop.#MainEvent #heraldabout 6 hours ago via web**

(** Later on, after discussing it with some of the other people involved, I found out the person I thought was Mr. Dibbs wasn’t actually him. But it sure did look like him.)

GDobbins is still doing a little chair-dancing. #Dontjudgeme#KoolHercBenefit#MainEvent #DJPillo #heraldabout 6 hours ago via web

GDobbins OK, now I’M feeling old. #MainEvent #KoolHercBenefit #herald about 5 hours ago via txt

GDobbins Still about 40 people here. Such stamina! #KoolHercBenefit #heraldabout 5 hours ago via txt

GDobbins Do these people sleep? #MainEvent#KoolHerc #herald about 5 hours ago via txt

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