DJ & Dance

DJ Nu-Mark

When: Sun., July 1, 3 p.m. 2012

An average DJ is someone with hand-eye coordination, nice gear, and a tasteful record collection. A great DJ has all of those things, plus the technical skills to treat his turntables as a melodic instrument. But a superlative DJ is someone with real ingenuity and imagination. Los Angeles-based turntablist Nu-Mark is one such example. In two years of slinging wax, he's accumulated more than 35,000 records, served in the alt hip-hop group Jurassic 5, and incorporated children's toys into his sets -- including a wind-up monkey with cymbals, a tiny miniature drum set, and even a rubber band. He'll perform at The Rock Steady (1741 San Pablo Ave., Oakland) on Sunday, July 1, alongside Platurn and Enki, two locals whose fixation with seven-inch records led them to create the popular 45 Sessions dance party. For them to bag someone of Nu-Mark's caliber was definitely a coup, and should be a treat for Oakland's hip-hop scene. If you want to see a high level of craftsmanship restored in DJing, look no further. 3 p.m., $5. TheRock-Steady.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $5

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