Freeway, DMC Headline Underground Music Awards

 The independent, unsigned and underground will take center stage as rap pioneer Darryl "DMC" McDaniels joins a slew of entertainers who will be honored at this year’s Underground Music Awards. The annual event, scheduled to take place August 23 at BB Kings concert hall in New York City, will feature a tribute to DMC as well as performances from the Run-DMC member and Freeway, among others.

As a UMA honoree, DMC joins an esteemed group that includes legendary Hip-Hop artists such as Slick Rick, MOP, Grandmaster Flash, The Force MD's, Kid Capri, DJ Red Alert, Marley Marl, MC Shan and Kool G. Rap.

Described as the “biggest and brightest national award show for indie artists,” the 2009 Urban Threshold Urban Music Awards is noted for celebrating the achievements and culture of independent Hip-Hop, R&B, gospel, and reggae music and fashion.

Past award winners include current underground sensations Saigon, Remy Ma, Sha Stimuli, Styles P, Mims, Papoose, Joell Ortiz, Maino, Serius Jones, Graph, Killah Priest and Cormega.

In addition to honoring underground artists and supporters, the UMAs serves as an opportunity for music professionals, artists, DJ's, fans, media outlets and others to network and build relationships with each other.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the seventh annual Underground Music Awards. General admission tickets for the event are $40, while V.I.P. tickets are $80.

Tickets may be purchased at the BB Kings box office in Times Square or online at www.undergroundmusicawards.com or www.Ticketmaster.com.