Throwback Thursday: Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Mama Zap at Giant Step SummerStage 2001

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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.

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Video: RBMA Presents ‘What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music’ Trailer

 

Always a leader in guiding the conversation about music, Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA), shares with us their trailer for What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music.

The film “explores the challenges that a life in music can bring,” by “go[ing] beyond music, and ask[ing] questions about life itself,” and features interviews from Brian Eno, Erykah Badu, Nile Rodgers, Q-Tip, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Rakim, and others.

Look for it to drop February 18.

#Offline Brings Out Erykah Badu & Next Week Celebrates MLK

 

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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.

Event Details
#Offline MLK Jr. Celebration
w/ Q-Tip & Natasha Diggs + Special Guests

Wednesday, January 15
10PM

Tickets: $15 adv / $20 door
Purchase tickets

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74 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

NYC & DC: Hiatus Kaiyote Live – November 5 & 8

 

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Hot off their mystifying SummerStage performance a couple months back, we are proud to yet again present Melbourne’s internationally acclaimed Hiatus Kaiyote for two very special shows!

The two nights will take place on November 5 in NYC and November 8 in DC. In NYC, we’ll have opening sets by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Emily King as well as the much loved DJ Rich Medina. In DC, the awesome DJ Thomas Blondet will be opening and setting the night off!

For those somehow still sleeping, the band fuses jazz, hip-hop, electronic, opera, rock and soul to concoct a truly disarming brand of future-soul like you’ve never heard. Hiatus Kaiyote released their debut album Tawk Tomahawk on July 30 via Sony Masterworks, and have received praise from highly-respected music industry staples like Questlove, Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, Gilles Peterson, Stereogum, and KCRW. Legions of loyal fans and stans already abound – and with good reason!

NYC Details
Hiatus Kaiyote Live in NYC
with Emily King and DJ Rich Medina

Tuesday, November 5
Doors 7PM

Tickets: $25 adv / $30 door
Purchase tickets

Brooklyn Masonic Temple
317 Clermont Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

DC Details
Hiatus Kaiyote Live in DC
with DJ Thomas Blondet

Friday, November 8
Doors 7PM

Tickets: $20 (advance)
Purchase tickets

U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW
Washington DC

Throwback Thursday: Jamiroquai US Debut Show @ Supper Club – Nov 4, 1993

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein takes it back to Jamiroquai’s US debut! We know you’ve got some Jamiroquai memories – serve ‘em up!

This was Jamiroquai’s US debut. We first became familiar with them in the very early 90s when they released the “Too Young To Die” single on Acid Jazz. Very quickly, they were signed to a major deal on Sony in the UK. This was first artist we worked with from the “acid jazz” scene that really garnered major label interest. You had the Brand New Heavies before that, but this was huge – it was a massive, massive deal.

The album came out in the UK; it was a double album called Emergency On Planet Earth and it went straight to number one – #1 in Europe, #1 in Japan – massive. Keep in mind that before this all happened, the type of music we were all promoting was underground and not mainstream at all – but this was total mainstream.

With that said, it was then time for Jamiroquai to come to the US. Leading up to the show, the band came out to the states a few times to do bits of promo, and each time they’d come to the club and hang out with us; we got to get to know the guys pretty well.

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