Park jams, then and now, are an opportunity for us to gather, lay down our differences, and discover our similarities. All while having fun. We could use more of that these days.
Tools of War co-founders, Hip Hop Pioneer Jorge "Popmaster Fabel" Pabon (Rock Steady Crew, Magnificent Force) and Christie Z (DMC USA DJ Battles) began the series in order to revive the tradition and to keep grassroots Hip Hop culture alive.
With Forever Host Grandmaster Caz, sound by DJ Jazzy Jay, and a deep well of talented DJs and MCs like Lord Finesse, they do it right. Tools of War park jams bring together persons of all types and ages into fabulous community.
Family-friendly, free, and open to the public, Tools of War park jams are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Bronx and Harlem through the end of August. Check out their schedule.
This is New York City at its best.
*Photos above are of the final Crotona Park Jam of 2016. For more of the series, follow me on Facebook and Instagram.
E. B. Gallardo