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!

Rest In Peace, Chico Hamilton

 

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Legendary jazz musician and leader of the Euphoria ensemble Chico Hamilton has passed away.

Coming up as a rising jazz drummer alongside other heavyweights such as Charles Mingus in high school, Chico played with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan and others, cementing himself as a force to be reckoned with early on.

In 1987, he helped found the New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music Program in NYC, a place dear to many of our hearts.

His ensembles helped develop talent like Gabor Szabo and Larry Coryell, amongst many others. Chico is also credited as an influence for many contemporary talents such as Carlos Santana, Joe Claussell, Jose James, Mark de Clive-Lowe and Thievery Corporation.

Honored as a “Living Jazz Legend” by the Kennedy Center and as an NEA Jazz Master, Chico Hamilton was seminal to the jazz community, culture, and history. Material from his October 2013 recordings with his Euphoria ensemble will be released as the The Inquiring Mind in early 2014.

We are grateful to have had Chico as part of our own history here at Giant Step as well – he will be sorely missed.

The ongoing event series, Celebrating the Life & Music of Foreststorn ‘Chico’ Hamilton will continue on December 15 at Drom in NYC. Come out and pay homage to one of the greats.

Throwback Thursday: Blaze @ SOBs – August 22 & 23, 1990

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein tells us about Blaze’s 1990 shows for their debut album. What were some of your favorite Blaze tunes?

We started out the Groove Academy in June of 1990 with our main focus on shows highlighting older funk & soul artists, but the third show we did was with a new group called Blaze from New Jersey.

Representing the New Jersey underground house scene, they were heavily influenced by 70s soul, dance music, and gospel. Signed to Motown by Timmy Regisford, Blaze were pegged as the next generation of the label (in the spirit of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”).

We were really excited to work with them, especially with Blaze being a band that I was very keen on and the fact that Motown had really gotten behind them. Their tune “So Special” was a big hit in NY house music community.

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NYC: M.I.A. at Terminal 5 Nov 1st (Nov 4th Sold Out)

 

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M.I.A. is set to release her fourth album, Matangi, on November 5th. The NYC album release show on November 4th at Terminal 5 is SOLD OUT, so she’s just added an additional show on November 1st. Enter our contest to win tickets to the show Nov 1st!

Event Details
M.I.A at Terminal 5

Friday, November 5th
Doors 7PM / Show 8PM

Tickets: $35 advance / $40 door
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Terminal 5
610 W 56th St
New York, NY