Throwback Thursday: Leon Thomas & the JB’s @ SOB’s – June 20 & 21, 1990

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein takes us back to the very first Groove Academy show with Leon Thomas and The JB’s in June 1990.

This was the very first Groove Academy show. Before I started working with my original partner, Jonathan Rudnick, I was doing clubs and parties in New York. And where possible, I tried to incorporate live music into my events. There were really only a couple of nightclub venues that had the live music capability, though – MK and Nell’s.

I’d often fly around on my roller skates to drop off show flyers promoting my parties. During one of my runs, a friend of mine who owned a boutique in the East Village told me about a musician friend of hers who looking to make a comeback. And once she told me her friend was Leon Thomas, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Leon was a jazz singer who’d worked with artists like Pharoah Sanders and Santana. He also had his own albums on the Flying Dutchman label in the 1970s, but you really needed to be a bit of a crate digger to know who he was.

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Exclusive Live Mix: Rich Medina @ Le Bain on November 18

 

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Last week, our man Rich Medina laid down another one of his unforgettable sets at Le Bain and we’ve got the goods to share, exclusively! Yes, not quite the same as taking the music in live in all its glory, but we still love you. Did we mention the set is almost 6 hours long? Yeah, we’re the best.

Turkey Day just got a sweet soundtrack.

Rich Medina Live at Le Bain in New York City, November 2013 by Giant Step on Mixcloud

Taeyang Plays Giant Step Produced MTV Iggy & Intel Music Experiment 2.0 Show in SF

 


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Loyal fans flocked from far and wide to witness last night’s spectacular show in San Francisco with K-pop sensation Taeyang. The Giant Step produced Music Experiment 2.0 show in partnership with MTV Iggy and Intel brought out music lovers from as far as Seoul, Mexico City, Miami, and Philadelphia, some of whom started lining up as early as 6AM.

Guests came dressed in all white on par with the night’s theme, making for a luminous and picturesque evening. An awe-inspiring Taeyang played with his force of a band and elevated a packed room for a solid hour, then going on to graciously offer multiple encores. An immeasurably pleased crowd cheered, cried, gleefully sang word-for-word, and danced themselves away.

To thank Taeyang for his contribution in sharing Asian culture with the Bay Area, Mayor Evan Low of Campbell, California presented the star with a well-deserved certificate of recognition on behalf of Mayor Edwin Lee of San Francisco.

Following our massively successful Music Experiment 2.0 shows with Arcade Fire in LA, Empire of the Sun in NYC, and Disclosure in Boston, our show with Taeyang was the perfect cap to an unforgettable run. Hats off to the whole Music Experiment 2.0 crew!