PHOTO by Jorge Luis Rodriguez (Stage of the Arts, Inc.)
2018 OG.Radiotron PUBLIC RELEASE
35th Anniversary of Original Radiotron Hip Hop Youth Center.
The historic building was demolished long ago, but the legacy of this Hip Hop youth center prevailed in the youth who went there. Thirty-five years later we gather to celebrate the anniversary of "Radiotron" and to learn the history of Hip Hop culture in L.A. ( https://youtu.be/NRCq9eH53P4 )
A Stage Of The Arts, Inc. production in association with the Universal Hip-Hop Museum.
Saturday, June 23; 6 to10 PM Honoring the 35th celebration of the Radiotron Youth Center and the importance of holding safe creative space for our youth. Free to the general public.
Los Angeles Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park
2230 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057
2018 annual OG.Radiotron
FEATURING Hip Hop Legends from the movies Breakin and Electric Boogaloo
CHRIS "THE GLOVE" TAYLOR , BOOGALOO SHRIMP, COCO .
Special Memorial Tribute to MR ANIMATION, OZ ROCK, and TUFF
Co-Hosted by JAZZY D and DJ ANTRON
Special guests: ACE ROCK, BIZZARE GIRLS, AIRFORCE CREW, LA BREAKERS...
Poplockers: WAVE, JECKLE, TIC TAC, BOPPIN CREW and many more. Videos by Milagro Films
Graff Artists: CRASE, GRAFF ONE, HEX, CRE8…
DJ MARK LUV & ZULU TRIBE RADIO, DJ SILKY D, DJ SMURF
MCs ABSTRACT RUDE, SHUGA REA, KONSCIOUS, VICIOUS LEE, PROJECT BLOWED.
URBAN CULTURE SERVICE RECOGNITION to Ben Cadwell, KAOS NETWORK and PROJECT BLOWED and B. Hall, "THE GOOD LIFE FOOD CENTRE"
Special guest artist
EAST OF THE RIVER MC COLLECTIVE
THE UNION STATION, AOL, INNER CITY DWELLERS
STORY VILLIAN, DJ LIL J, HANNAH POP & BABY TIC TAC
Debut performance by CIRCO de Los Angeles "Hip Hop meets Circus":
Hosted by MC PATCHEZ CLOWNZ, featuring SANDRO the Magician, CLAY MAZING Emergency Circus, SPOTLIGHT Dancing Clown, TOSCA Cyr Wheel, Contortionist, Stilt Walker...and more.
Previous years Radiotron celebrations presented performers Egyptian Lover, Kid Frost; Mellow Man Ace (also known as Lord Sha'mel Allah), First Spanish / English Rap Hit; Capt Rapp, Medusa, Queen of Underground Hip Hop, and many more... ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5pcqZN184c )
A program of Stage Of The Arts, Inc. founded 1982. SOTA began presenting shows at a storefront theater on Bonny Brae Street. The Youth Break Center aka Radiotron was born in the Westlake/MacArthur Park neighborhood summer of 1983 when Performer/ Director Carmelo Alvarez rented a building with hardwood floors and stage to open performing arts center for local youth. Unaware that space was used by Radio Club early Hip Hop underground club featuring pioneer Rapper Ice T and DJ The Glove. Carmelo was soon approached by Connon Films to shoot the movie Breakin. A year later, Carmelo and center youth marched to City Hall and staged a demonstration to save the youth center from demolition. Breakin 2 Electric Boogaloo was based on the real-life struggle to save the space. In the Hollywood movie ending the youth save their center but in reality the building was razed to make mini mall and the youth returned to streets.
Thirty-five years later we celebrate The Radiotron Youth Cultural Center, where the legacy of popping and graffiti art exploded into the breakdancing fever of Hip Hop decades.
Since 1978 Carmelo Alvarez has been a leading Youth and Cultural Advocate who has opened 13 creative art spaces (2 in Tijuana Mexico).
35th OG RADIOTRON is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation.