We're happy to welcome Rich Medina back to the decks for our upcoming Monday night at Le Bain! Come enjoy some rooftop chillin' and tasty cocktails while Rich spins his signature mix of "hip hop, jazz, house, spoken word, Afrobeat and bass heavy future soul."
Featuring the mighty Shuggie Otis, the mesmerizing Jose James, and the stage-wrecking Hiatus Kaiyote, our SummerStage presentation this year is a true testament to the breadth of Giant Step's heritage. And if that weren't enough, DJ OP!, one of our favorites, will be setting the tone in the very best way to help set things off.
Be sure to join us on August 11 for a day of family fun in NYC!
We couldn't have been prouder to produce such a spectacular event for the NYC leg of the ABSOLUT X experience where art, cocktails, and music come together. RSVPs reached record highs and a line wrapped around the block hours before the event.
Upon entering, guests were greeted by futuristic ladies with trays of masks marked with a bold "X." Party goers glady donned the silver and black masks while several folks stunted with elaborate masks of their own.
The space was brilliant; Bright spotlights drenched the room and Sanford Biggers' striking art - including a colossal hula girl and a cloud installation on the ceiling - created a breathtaking display.
Master mixologist Naren Young was constantly surrounded by a large huddle of people eagerly awaiting his concoctions, which he also happened to make and distribute with impressive speed and ease. Our personal favorite drink included an Açaí berry puree (genius).
Stationed atop a grand balcony of his own, Questlove had the party going with nostalgic hits and new bangers alike from jump. And once Santigold hit the stage, the energy only compounded. Complete with three wardrobes for both her and her dazzling backup dancers, Santi put on a performance that made you pay attention. And of course her backup dancers weren't going to leave home without an array of rad props like umbrellas, ropes, and a large mammal. Yes.
Roseland Ballroom was undoubtedly the place to be last night. Thank you to all that came and helped make it the night it was! For those that missed out, watch the photo slideshow below!
The famed Offline party presented by Q-Tip and powered by Giant Step kicks off as what is now a weekly on July 17! Brooklyn’s Output, hailed by Rolling Stone as a Best New Club in America, will be the new residence and we couldn't be more excited!
This party isn't your average shindig, either. Q-Tip shares, "The concept of Offline is a party that brings all elements of New York club culture together with great music, diverse people and no bottle service.”
Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein adds, “This is the first weekly we have done since the original Giant Step parties over a decade ago, and only Q-Tip could have persuaded me to do it. I'm really excited to see it grow and flourish.”
This was the first of about four shows we did with Brand New Heavies. They were just about to release their debut album here on Delicious Vinyl; the original version was released on Acid Jazz in the UK.
We were playing The Brand New Heavies at Giant Step for quite a while. “A Dream Come True” originally came out with Jay Ella Ruth on vocals. But when the band signed to Delicious Vinyl in the United States, they decided to have N’Dea Davenport (another Delicious signee) become the vocalist.
They re-recorded some tracks like “A Dream Come True” for the American album version, and N’Dea definitely gave it a funkier sound. Also, "Never Stop” was an instrumental on the original album; when they recorded it for America, they had N’Dea sing on it.
This first New York show paired with an American debut album on the way got the band quite a big buzz. The show sold out. The who’s who of downtown New York were there – everybody wanted to see The Brand New Heavies. The place was packed, and people went bananas. It was a very energetic, memorable show
An aside – people might notice that we presented the show under the name Groove Academy at that time; This was because we wanted Giant Step as a club to stand alone and Groove Academy was the name were using for concerts back then.
The album came out and “Never Stop” was a radio hit. The following summer we had them play at our first anniversary show at The Palladium with Parliament Funkadelic headlining; The Brand New Heavies opened up and backed Blowfly as well – that’s a story for another time. [laughs]