Recap: Giant Step Curated Red Bull Sound Select Show ft. Thundercat, ASTR, & Tondrae Kemp @ LPR – Feb 19

 

Words by DJ Tara

This month’s Red Bull Sound Select, curated by Giant Step, was a journey across not only genres, but regions of the country.

Starting off the night was Tondrae Kemp, who brought some Louisiana funk and blues to the stage. The crowd quickly warmed to his soulful voice, lively band, and songs about love, heartbreak, and everything in between. He gripped the crowd with his version of the Isley Brothers‘ “Footsteps in the Dark (Parts 1&2)” which led nicely into an Ice Cube sing-along of “It Was a Good Day.” Hip hop wasn’t the only unique influence in Kemp’s set: there were hints of reggae and New Orleans Jazz throughout, making for a lively time.

DJ Jon Oliver of I Love Vinyl and East Village Radio kept the crowd buzzing between acts.

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Interview: Rich Medina Checks In Before Feb 24 DJ Set at Le Bain

 

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Party people! Join us this coming Monday, February 24 for a beautiful night with Rich Medina spinning tunes at Le Bain in NYC. Leading up to the night, we have our maestro bringing us up to speed on his favorite artists of the moment, what makes a great party, and other exciting morsels. Enjoy!

Event Details
Rich Medina DJ Set at Le Bain
Monday, February 24
8PM

Free with RSVP

Le Bain at The Standard
444 W. 13th St.
New York, NY

Giant Step: You’ve played at Le Bain a couple times for us now. What’s your favorite part about spinning there?

Rich Medina: There are many things I love about Le Bain, but the most important factor for me is the clientele. The meat packing district is a different monster in the 21st century, so the music heads and dancers who come to the nights I do there really make me happy.

GS: What type of music can folks expect to hear you spin on the 24th?

RM: So far, we’ve kept the music mature and sophisticated. A bit of a tip of the hat to the NYC dance club pioneers like Larry Levan, David Mancuso and the like. Freedom music. Sounds that bring people into the light rather than fan the flames of rebellion or angst.

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Photo: Angelique Kidjo @ Town Hall, NYC – Feb 15

 

Photos by Kendra Heisler

The dynamic Angeligue Kidjo graced Town Hall in NYC this weekend with a powerful performance. Joined by a five woman choir, Angelique showed playfulness and vigor throughout the show along with an incredible vocal range. The charismatic singer engaged the audience regularly with spoken interludes, which included topics of female empowerment and the need to reach for one’s dreams, only adding edge to her uplifting music.

By the second half of the show, the entire seated crowd was up and dancing through the end of the night. The show closed with a group of audience members joining Angelique on stage along with her daughter Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee.

Photo: Gregory Porter @ Town Hall, NYC – Feb 14

 

Photos by Victoria Ford/Sneakshot

Lucky couples and singles alike packed the room at Town Hall in New York City Friday night for a triple threat of performers. Starting the show were up and coming local talents, Chris Turner and Jennah Bell who performed a spine-tingling bluesy/folk inspired set together. And the minute the incomparable Gregory Porter reached the stage, he was greeted with a standing ovation.

The jovial singer engaged the audience with jokes sprinkled throughout the set, stories about his mother, and mounds of praise and appreciation for all the love in the room that night. The vocals were no less than what you’d hope for – strong, deep, and steeped in emotion and vulnerability. The set spanned music from all three of his albums, including popular songs “1960 What?,” “Liquid Spirit,” and “Be Good (Lion’s Song).”