Giant Step Resident: All Points West with Jay Z, Q Tip, The Pharcyde & more

libertyBy Mawuse Ziegbe


The 2009 All Points West Music and Arts Festival in New Jersey’s Liberty State Park was kinda like an open-air high school lunchroom where shaggy rockers, glittery rappers, and freewheeling artsy kids all held court in their respective corners. Spotty showers soaked the first day of the weekend-long festival which left dedicated (a.k.a. fool-headed) fans tramping through glutinous mud to the sounds of Vampire Weekend, The Knux and Peanut Butter Wolf. The Pharcyde rocked loopy hits like “Runnin’” and “Passin’ Me By.” The original line-up was in full effect – including a formerly dreadlocked Tre sporting an appropriately Jersey Corleone hat – and showed love to J. Dilla by playing Slum Village jams like “Raise It Up.” Q-Tip deployed his trademark energy, grooving through Tribe’s hits and busting out a quirky yet charming cover of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature.”

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A Birthday Celebration for Michael Jackson with Q-Tip, Mark Ronson and DJ Spinna

On Saturday, August 29 – what would have been Michael Jackson’s 51st birthday – Q-Tip presents “Long Live the King! A Birthday Celebration for Michael Jackson” at the NOKIA Theatre Times Square. Q-Tip will be joined in the DJ booth by special invited guests producer/artist Mark Ronson and the legendary DJ Spinna.

“Michael Jackson was a huge influence on my music and was an inspiration to me and so many others. I want to bring people together to celebrate the man, his music and his legacy that will undoubtedly live on forever!” states Q-Tip.

The event will honor the King of Pop and celebrate his influence on generations of artists and fans across the globe. Attendees will dance the night away to never-before-heard remixes of Michael Jackson’s hits, as well as rare video footage from the Motown and Sony vaults.

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N.E.R.D. Photos from Their Show in San Francisco

Photos by Seher Sikandar

The N.E.R.D. show in San Francisco was packed, and Pharrell assured the crowd that the elusive Chad Hugo was inside the venue, somewhere. They played songs from their first three albums, plus a couple new tracks — can’t wait for that upcoming 4th album!

Classic Pharrell:

Brooklyn Electronic Music Fest: August 8th

bemf_flyer92The Second Annual Electronic Music Festival (BEMF) is back and bigger than ever, spanning two stages, indoor and out. The featured headliner will be The Juan Maclean (live), playing with artists like Designer Drugs, Young Love, Jupiter One, Adventure, Shy Child, Home Video, Free Blood, Awesome New Republic, and many more!

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Giant Step Presents: DJ Spinna Every Thursday

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Giant Step and Spinna are piloting a Thursday night weekly residency called JOURNEY at Santos Party House, recently touted by The New York Times as “the nighclub of the moment.” The party officially begins on August 6th, so tell your friends, RSVP, and expect the unexpected.

Santos Party House
$10 at the door. $5 reduced admission with RSVP.
21+ w/ID
10 PM – 4 AM

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