This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to a show we did in 2004 at Irving Plaza with Los Amigos Invisibles and then, up-and-coming Brazilian Girls. Giant Step had worked with both bands for a number of years, and seeing their careers grow and them putting on this fantastic show for us was really amazing. Originally from Venezuela, Los Amigos came together in the early 90s during a time of heavy rock and gave us a refreshing mix of funk and jazz, infused with the best genre ever: DISCO. Brazilian Girls came up from the NuBlu club with a sound that can’t easily be described but is something like electronic music mixed with elements of tango and reggae. As a result, this pairing was an explosive and fun concert that had even the least inclined to jump up and dance. Read more »
The Association of Performing Arts Presenters 2014 Conference: “Shine”
Illuminating Events, Colleagues, and Showcase Concerts
Words by Evangeline Kim
Photos by Evangeline Kim, Craig S. Hyman, and Gabi Porter
The theme for the 2014 APAP conference is ‘SHINE’, and our intent is to shine a light on the work of the professionals in the performing arts presenting field. It is the time for our industry to take center stage – to propel our creative energy into the communities we serve, across America and across the globe, and to communicate our value as innovators and entrepreneurs for bringing people together and improving their quality of life. – APAP CEO and President Mario Garcia Durham
Just as the bite of the polar vortex lifted here in New York City, thousands of members of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), from all over the world arrived for its annual 2014 conference, January 9 -14. The catalytic role the conference fulfills in the performing arts industry makes the city spring to life with a whirl of events and showcase concerts. One must be nimble with focus and stamina to take in the daily conference tracks, visit the overflowing expo hall booth exhibits to sample talent agents’ roster offerings, and dash to showcases that stretch long into the night. The levels of energy and excitement were intense this year, balanced by APAP CEO and President Mario Garcia Durham’s enthusiasm, warmth, and calming presence as he presided over plenary meetings and happily greeted colleagues. Standing ovations over the course of the meetings were the barometer of yet another highly popular conference. We wonder sometimes, what other event could bring on such energy in this city to start the new year?
A couple of weeks ago, we were extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Ronny Jordan, British guitarist and good friend of Giant Step. Jordan came onto the scene in the early 90s at the forefront of the acid jazz movement, which combined elements of R&B, hip-hop, and jazz. The unfortunate news prompted us to remember the career of an incredibly talented musician that we've been lucky to support from the beginning. Read more »
With the madness of the holidays behind us and Mother Nature giving us some weather related blues, we thought it would be a nice vacation for the soul to take this Throwback Thursday to revisit a particularly hot and humid summer night with Erykah Badu at Central Park.
There’s something special about summertime in New York. The city slows down and everyone’s a bit more carefree. It’s late in the season, and the long, sweltering days make us hesitant to venture from our little slice of heaven we’ve found in the closest air conditioning. It was a show not to be missed though, and everyone knew the promise of the night would be worth the heaviness in the air. It was August 6, 2001 and those that faced the above and underground temperatures made it to one of the city’s favorite escapes for the SummerStage concert series.
The first #Offline party of the year was a huge success! And when we say special guests come out, we meant it: last night the inimitable Erykah Badu DJ'ed back to back with Q-Tip until the club closed for the night. Yep. You can stop hitting yourself now.
Next week, we invite you out for a very special #Offline in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. Start the holiday weekend early with The Abstract as he spins an eclectic mix of funk and boogie, and be part of what people are calling "the best party in New York."
Past guests have included Busta Rhymes, Dave Chappelle, Mark Ronson, and Nile Rodgers, to name a few, and you never know who's going to show up next! Don't miss out.