Throwback Thursday: Joey Arias Channeling Billie Holiday @ Metropolis Cafe – April 25, 1991

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein takes us back to Joey Arias’ mind-blowing channeling of Billie Holiday at Metropolis Cafe on April 25, 1991. Were you there with us? Let us know what you remember, and be sure to catch a video of Joey performing “Strange Fruit” earlier this year after the jump!

After starting Giant Step the party in September 1990 on Mondays at SOBs, in January 1991, we moved the night up to Tuesdays at AKA on Houston. However, that was around the time of the first Iraq war starting, and the night wasn’t very successful.

Prior to starting Giant Step, I was working in restaurants; A year prior, a coworker told me that a friend of his worked at a restaurant called Metropolis Cafe on Union Square. Apparently, they had a basement where they were looking to do parties.

It was a pretty raw basement, but in wanting to move the club to a better night in the week, I re-approached the people at Metropolis about doing a Thursday party. I met the manager Dennis Cicero and we made it happen. We started on the new night and location around the end of March or beginning of April in 1991.

We’d open the doors at 11, so in order to for us to try to get people in earlier, we decided to have some live performances beforehand. For this particular night, we chose Joey Arias – a very famous downtown performance artist who has been around a number of years and comes from a history a vibrant NYC performers from the 1980s; Joey had an act where he would channel Billie Holiday.

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New Release: The Internet – ‘Feel Good’

 

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Matt Martians and Syd “The Kyd” of the Odd Future crew comprise The Internet. The duo has just released their sophomore album, Feel Good featuring live instrumentation and a bold jazzy soul sound. To boot, some of our favorites are collaborators, including Yuna, Jesse Boykins III, Thundercat, and Chad Hugo.

In case you missed it the first time, watch the video below for “Dontcha” to get a taste!

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Nile Rodgers, #Offline Guest of Honor | Celebrate His Legacy: Chic – “Good Times” + Join Us @ Output, NYC – Tonight!

 

For tonight’s installment of our weekly #Offline party with Q-Tip at Output, we have the extreme pleasure of welcoming legendary musician, producer, guitarist, and songwriter Nile Rodgers as our guest of honor. To celebrate, we’ve taken it back to some of our favorite Nile Rodgers tracks in the days leading up to the party.

Today’s tune is staple party track “Good Times” by Chic, Nile’s band.

Tonight’s #Offline will also be featuring the venerable DJ Spinna as our guest on the turntables. Do not miss this night, folks!

About #Offline
Presented by Giant Step and featuring Grammy award-winning music icon Q-Tip as the resident DJ, #Offline is your chance to unplug, unwind, and get down with some undeniable tunes. Treat yourself to the very best in modern and classic music and come enjoy a night that’s previously been attended by Dave Chappelle, Estelle, Sanford Biggers, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Large Professor, and James Poyser, amongst other notable greats!

Event Details
Giant Step Presents #Offline w/ Q-Tip
Special Guest of Honor Nile Rodgers
& DJ Spinna as Guest DJ

Wednesday, September 25
Doors 10PM

Tickets: $15 (advance)
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Output
74 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

#Offline party flyer after the jump

Video: Sebastian Kole – “BTMB (Bigger Than My Body)”

 

New Motown Records signee Sebastian Kole premieres the video for the track “BTMB (Bigger Than My Body)” today with TheNext2Shine. The Birmingham, AL native is in the studio working on his debut album with several high profile producers including Chad Hugo and Om’Mas Keith. Kole has already had a great success as the co-writer of Jennifer Lopez’s hit single “Goin’ In” featuring Flo-Rida and Lil’ Jon.