Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jam, Livio (Showbox)

First appeared in the Seattle Weekly, August, 2002

His name may, to many a young music lover, conjure up kitschy images of eighties electro beats and early hip hop braggadocio. But before dismissing this evening as yet another nostalgia-fest for forty-somethings, consider the fact that Grandmaster Flash invented many of the tricks that thousands of young table jockeys take for granted today (cutting, back spinning, punch phrasing, etc.). Now, even innovators can become embarrassing, but at least with a DJ it’s his record choice that matters rather than a largely deflated songwriting ability. Basically, this show should be to table jockeys what a Jimmy Page or Jeff Beck show would be to guitarists.

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