Raphael Saadiq, Aloe Blacc, TK Wonder, and Vikter Duplaix Bring the Magic to SummerStage

If you missed our annual SummerStage show this past Saturday or just want to relive it with us, check out what the digerati caught after the jump. Stay tuned for gorgeous pics, shot by our photographer, and thanks to everyone who came out to support and make it another memorable, jam-packed, at-capacity, sweaty and sexy SummerStage!

“It’s great to see a master at the top of his game and with a back catalogue as rich and deep as Raphael Saadiq’s, Giant Step struck gold with their SummerStage headline act yesterday… Saadiq’s standing as one of America’s best performers is secure.” -Shook Magazine

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Stream the First Single by John Legend & The Roots (ft. Melanie Fiona & Common): “Wake Up Everybody”

Listen to John Legend & The Roots (ft. Melanie Fiona & Common) first single off of their upcoming collaboration, Wake Up!, which will be released by Sony Music. The idea for the album first came up during the 2008 election, a time inspiring “a lot of feelings that we could all do something to make the country better and the world better,” according to Mr. Legend. It will feature covers of classic 60s and 70s songs by artists like Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway as well as one original, and is slated for Sept. 21.

“Wake Up Everybody”
 

“When these songs were written, people were more spiritually in tune,” says Roots drummer/musical director Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson. “It was fresh from the civil rights era and there was a feeling of hope that maybe, yes, someday we will all be free. In 2010, not so much.”

The album features one original composition, Legend’s song “Shine,” which is featured in Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim’s upcoming documentary film Waiting for Superman.

International Remix Contest: “Why Did You Go?” ft. Onili & Laroz

All you remix masters: check out this contest put on by “electronic duo,” OniliDownload the a capella version, send your remixed version of this reggae infused track by Onili and Laroz to iwantyou@onili.com before the deadline (August 15), and the listening session will be streamed live on Justin.tv and picked apart by to-be-determined celebrity judges. If you win, you’ll receive a “free linktone for the remix,” and “a full PR campaign to Israeli music media and in the U.S. by The Bloom Effect.” You’ll also get a free registration to the CMJ Music Marathon, which would normally run the bill at 495 smackers – so remix like you’ve never remixed before.

Giant Step’s 20th Anniversary: Groove Academy Flyers (1990-1996)

This short video collage chronicles the shows and events from 1990 through 1996 of the company that preceded Giant Step: The Groove Academy. This is the first time that the flyers and posters of Groove Academy shows have been digitized.

The concept behind The Groove Academy was to give an opportunity for the masters of funk and groove to perform their craft in front of a young audience and new generation of fans as most only knew these artists from samples used in hip-hop and rap. At this time, many of the originators were in fact forgotten in the USA and had to go to Europe and Japan to make a living. The Groove Academy was determined to help re-launch careers in the States and give them their just props!

As time went on and Giant Step was born, The Groove Academy became the concert wing of the company and helped to introduce new artists. By the mid 1990s, The Groove Academy came to an end, putting all events under the unified umbrella of Giant Step.

Stay tuned for more memorabilia as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary and please share any memories, feedback, or your own photos from this historic time. To see the individual flyers and posters from this video, view the album on our facebook page.