Kool Herc's Birthday/Sutra; Normalized Dance Night/Niagara Bar
@saytj1/Twitter DJ Premier at the Kool Herc tribute.
Thursday, April 26
Better than: Reading about how NYC's nightlife is dead.
Last month, in the spirit of March Madness, SOTC created a tournament with the aim of crowning the quintessential New York musician. Popularly dubbed the Godfather of Hip-Hop, Kool Herc made it onto the bracket as a representative of the Bronx, though he was knocked out of the running early. Readers voted Bette Midler on to the next round instead. It's funny, reallyan over-the-top diva pitted against an understated, genre-defining man of the streetsbut the legendary DJ's understated familiarity is part of his charm. (As our bracket lobbyist noted, the 57 year-old DJ can be seen riding his bike around the Bronx during warmer months.) And at his birthday celebration at Sutra last night, it couldn't be any more apparent that as far as New York's rap community is concerned, Herc will always be the guy who made it happen for them all.More »