Though it was once called the next hip-hop (or Latin hip-hop, as if Puerto Ricans hadn’t been out jamming with Herc since day one), the success of freestyle music 
ultimately proved more fleeting. Though you might still hear Lisa Lisa getting the 
occasional spin on WBLS or note the freestyle influence in the breakdown of a Robyn song, the genre began to die out in the early ’90s. But for just one night, the seventh 
annual Freestyle Forever show attempts to apply the defibrillators, bringing together acts like TKA, the Cover Girls, George 
Lamond, Brenda K. Starr, and Shannon, 
the D.C. singer who said it best in her 1983 breakout single: “Let the music play.”

Sat., March 2, 8 p.m., 2013

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