Special Guests

Berklee’s 2019 annual Encore Gala will feature the following special guests, and more to be announced soon. 

Music Room Performer: Grandmaster Flash

Grandmaster Flash will perform in the hip-hop/soul/R&B mixtape room on the third floor at 9:40 p.m.

Emerging from the South Bronx in the early 1970s, Grandmaster Flash is inarguably one of hip-hop’s original innovators. In the earliest days of the genre, he manipulated music by placing his fingers on the vinyl, perfected beat looping, and discovered many of the iconic beats still commonly sampled today. It’s no surprise that the New York Times calls him hip-hop’s first virtuoso.

Today, Grandmaster Flash is the voice of an entire generation of 1970s hip-hop pioneers. From his electric live shows to his production role on Netflix’s The Get Down, he's at once a historian, a storyteller, and a cultural force.