Feb. 5: The Power of Hip-Hop at The Phoenix Theather

Breakdancing, MC-ing, graffiti writing and DJ-ing: these are the elements of hip-hop, and the foundations on which the distinctly American art form is built. All four are in full force this weekend at ‘The Power of Hip-Hop,’ an event reinforcing the positive vibes and roots of an oft-maligned genre by bringing together all factions of the local hip-hop community. On the wheels of steel are DJs Primo, Rob Cervantes, Ciao Montano and Ricky Switch; on the mic are Alkhemy, New Day, Distant Relatives, Dahlak and Rob-I-Root. Keep your ears peeled especially for God’s Oddities, a Santa Rosa group with a full live band that sounds like Atmosphere fronting early Sublime. Breakdance crews will be in effect getting busy over a four-turntable DJ jam and an open-mic freestyle battle, and to top it all off, there’ll be a 40-foot graffiti wall for some serious wild styles. Now all we gotta do is convince Nas to come to show him that hip-hop isn’t dead on Friday, Feb. 5, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 7pm. $8. 707.762.3565.Gabe Meline

Sonoma County Library