The organizers behind Austin’s annual Fun Fun Fun Fest announced Tuesday (July 10) that Run-DMC are set to reunite, on stage, for the first time since disbanding in 2002.
Surviving members, Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, will headline the main stage of the 7th annual festival, which goes down from November 2-4th at Austin’s Auditorium Shores. Additionally, DMC will be backed by his live band, and will perform tracks off his new album, as well as Run-DMC classics.
The legendary hip-hop group, which also included the late Jam Master Jay, formed in Hollis Queens, New York in the early ’80s and us considered by many as one of the pioneers of hip-hop. oth their self-titled debut, as well as the much-lauded Raising Hell in 1986, influenced the youth of a generation and eventually paved the way for many of today’s rap’s superstars.
Run-DMC retired the moniker in 2002, following the untimely death of legendary DJ/producer, Jason “Jam-Master Jay” Mizell. In honor of Jay’s life, FFF festival promoters are working with the band to donate a portion of proceeds to his foundation, the JMJ Foundation for Music, which is dedicated to providing access to the arts, regardless of socio-economic status, for children and young adults. For more info, visit JamMasterJay.org.
“We couldn’t be more excited. Run DMC is one of our favorite bands, and one of the most influential groups of all-time — that we never thought that we would get to see play live, much less play in Austin at our festival,” said festival producer James Moody. “This is as big as it gets and we are so proud to be working with them”.
In addition to Run-DMC, the Fun Fun Fun Fest line-up also includes the likes of Atlas Sound, Baroness, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Starfucker, Rakim, Lagwagon, The Head and The Heart, Danny Brown, David Cross, Bob Mould, Tomahawk and Against Me!. A full line-up will be announced later this week, which will include over 160 artists at the festival grounds, and more to be released for the FFF Nites after-party series.
For more info, including tickets, visit FunFunFunFest.com.