NYC: #Offline Returns w/ Q-Tip & Natasha Diggs, Tonight!

 

Tonight, #Offline returns with our first installment of 2014. As per usual we have Q-Tip holding down the night playing his eclectic sets of funk, disco, and boogie. Joining him on the decks is Natasha Diggs plus special guests.

Last year was an incredible time for #offline, every week the party kept getting bigger and better than the previous one. We are looking forward to kicking off this year with a bang, so come join us and be among the first die hard’s on the dance floor!

Event Details
Giant Step Presents #Offline w/ Q-Tip

Wednesday, January 8th
Doors 10PM

Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door
Purchase tickets

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74 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

NYC: Afrika Bambaataa (DJ SET) w/ Cosmo Baker & DJ OP! at LPR – 1/4

 

This Saturday, we are proud to present, Afrika Bambaataa, the godfather of Electro Funk at Le Poisson Rouge. Also, joining the show is long time Giant Step friends, Cosmo Baker and DJ OP. Once these masters of funk, disco and hip-hop get together there’s no telling what deep cuts you’re going to hear. This show is going to be one for the memory banks, so come help us kick off the new year in style!

Event Details
Afrika Bambaataa w/ Cosmo Baker & DJ OP!

Saturday, January 4th
Doors 11PM

Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door
Purchase tickets

(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York NY, 10012

NYC: #Offline Returns w/ Q-Tip & Natasha Diggs + Special Guests – 1/8

 

This week, #Offline returns with our first installment of 2014. As per usual we have Q-Tip holding down the night playing his eclectic sets of funk, disco, and boogie. Joining him on the decks is Natasha Diggs plus special guests.

Last year was an incredible time for #offline, every week the party kept getting bigger and better than the previous one. We are looking forward to kicking off this year with a bang, so come join us and be among the first die hard’s on the dance floor!

Event Details
Giant Step Presents #Offline w/ Q-Tip

Wednesday, January 8th
Doors 10PM

Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door
Purchase tickets

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74 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Throwback Thursday: Nuyorican Soul Fiesta (Winter Music Conference) @ the Shore Club, Miami – March 24, 1997

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein takes us back to the legendary 1997 Winter Music Conference party for Nuyorican Soul at the Shore Club! What do you remember about the epic daytime party? For those that missed it, catch a video clip as well as the backside of the invite flyer after the jump.

Back in the 90s, the Winter Music Conference (WMC) was a global affair where house DJs from all around the world would come and invade Miami for a week. Back then it was purely an industry event, which inevitably also brought out only the most serious of dance music lovers.

For this year particular year, we decided to throw a big daylong event as a teaser for the forthcoming Nuyorican Soul album that we were releasing – the album was of course produced by none other than Kenny and Louie aka Masters at Work.

We held the party at the Shore Club – the “old” Shore Club with the huge outdoor space and pool. It was a largely coveted event. We had a great live set from Luis Quinteros who brought along some local Miami musicians to play with him. Special guests included Roy Ayers, India Arie and of course Louie Vega, and Kenny Dope, amongst many, many others.

Read more + catch the flyer & video after the jump

Throwback Thursday: ‘New Music Nights’ in NYC – July 21-23, 1993

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein tells us about the three New Music Nights we hosted for New Music Seminar from July 21 to July 23 in 1993. Be sure to catch music from some of the great artists we presented after the jump! And as always, feel free to share with us your favorite memories from these nights and of these artists!

The first night of the New Music Seminar we presented under our Groove Academy name. We held it at the New Music Café, which later came to be known as the Canal Room.

Weldon Irvine was on the bill. He was a very well respected funk and soul artist from the 60s and 70s, was Nina Simone’s musical director in the 1960s, and co-wrote “Young, Gifted, & Black.” He also put out a number of very influential albums in the 1970s on RCA, which were heavily sampled and were very, very rare.

I met him when he came to the Giant Step club in 1991 at the Village Gate and introduced himself to me; I was totally blown away – I didn’t even know he was still alive! At that point, he’d been putting out music under the name Master Wel with his own band. Also important to note is that he trained a lot of the great funk and soul musicians who came out of Jamaica, Queens in the 1970s, like Marcus Miller, Don Blackman. In fact, Don Blackman was in his band.

Read the rest after the jump