June 29, 2012
For an hour or so, Seaside Library was the hottest spot in the county on Thursday for innovative hip-hop music, as unsuspecting patrons discovered. San Francisco's DJ Quest and a group of other DJs—2Fresh (The Human 4-Track) , DJ Polo G of Superior Sounds, Baysik, Trainn and E-wok of High Stakes—performed a few exhibition sets of turntable magic at the Seaside Library to a small but rapt audience. DJ Quest also gave away limited edition copies of a booklet called The Beginner's DJ Guide from the Quest School of DJ Arts.
The Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries are hosting the free touring show as part of their Summer Reading Program, which visited county libraries in Marina, Castroville, Seaside, Pajaro and Prunedale. Soledad and King City performances take place this Saturday, 12:30pm and 3pm, respectively. Monterey County Free Libraries director Jayanti Addleman says she plans to have them return in August.
During their Seaside stop, the crew delivered and demonstrated old school beat breaks, mixing, cutting, scratching, team performance, and beat juggling, ending with a scorching performance by DJ Quest of battle-style turntablism, which has to be seen (and heard) to be appreciated—check out the video on the County Libraries Facebook page.