Fund raiser Hip-hop at the OPOP


March 01, 2001|By RICHARD MONTENEGRO, Staff Writer

A hip-hop concert to raise funds for 17-year-old Upward Bound student Keith Summers' upcoming trip to New York City will bring together some of the Valley's young talent in the form of rappers, singers, DJs and dancers.

From 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, a variety show of sorts featuring original rap, R&B vocalists and dance groups, as well as breakdancing crews and DJs mixing it up will converge on the Old Post Office Pavilion at Fifth Street and Olive Avenue in El Centro.

Summers, a junior at Southwest High School in El Centro, will be among those looking to entertain for a good cause — raising the $700 needed to travel to NYC with the Imperial Valley College-based Upward Bound program.

Known as "KAS-One," Summers will be joined by his 23-year-old brother Ron "Q-Style" Summers for the event.

The Summers brothers were part of the defunct local rap collective Strictly Mental and both worked the turntables on 88.7 FM KUBO's "Phat Friday" and "Phat Saturdays" radio shows.


Rosalind Summers, event organizer and mother to KAS-One and Q-Style, said the hip-hip concert is set up "for a steady flow, to keep the audience entertained. It's all about entertainment."

Those slated to perform Friday will be local rap/DJ duo Sub-Z and Old-E; The All-Star B-Boys breaking crew; Alisha's Dance Crew performing to various hip-hop/R&B hits; R&B rap duo Andre and Rick; Johnny and Margo performing "Satisfy Til You Cry"; and DJ Woody, among others.

The untitled hip-hop concert will culminate in a freestyle session in which local talent will be encouraged to rap, dance or sing on stage.

Rosalind Summers said the ending freestyle is a chance for local youth to "show their skills."

"There's a lot of hidden talent in the Valley people don't know about," she added.

Admission to the show is $5 and tickets can be purchased at the door. However, Summers said space is limited and calling her for ticket information at 352-7205 will ensure admission.

Summers added the Upward Bound program in which her son Keith participates is geared toward getting youth prepared for college and to teach them about life outside the Imperial Valley.

She said every few years the program plans a trip — such as this year's trip to New York from April 12-18 — as a means to expose those in the program to other cultures and areas of the country.

Summers added on the New York trip students will attend "The Lion King" on Broadway.

Friday's hip-hop concert is part of the Imperial County Arts Council's "Friday Night at the OPOP."

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