Throwback Thursday: The Roots at Irving Plaza – Jan 23, 1994

 

As many of our readers know, Giant Step has a pretty epic history when it comes to breaking acts and producing landmark events in the New York music scene. Today, we’re proud to announce the launch of our Throwback Thursday series! Join us as we dig into our archive of flyers to give you the lowdown on the get down from back in the day.

Giant Step President and Co-Founder Maurice Bernstein shares the background on this early show with The Roots circa 1994.

This was part of a series we did for Dewar’s called Straight No Chaser – that was our first branded foray, series wise. At the time we were doing our club at the Supperclub, which was a great venue. And Dewar’s wanted to tap into the stuff that Giant Step was doing at the time.

We’d already worked with The Roots a few times at this point – this was not our first show with The Roots; we did their New York debut and ultimately, their first 10 to 15 shows in New York. And this was one of the biggest. We had the Groove Collective opening up – Groove Collective were the band that grew out of the Giant Step club, and at the time we were also managing the band. It was a great night, an iconic show. Beautiful venue. Definitely a night to remember.

Read more and watch another early Roots performance after the jump

GPWW 5/24/13 Worldwide Family Mixtape: Hiatus Kaiyote

 

This past week’s edition of the Worldwide Show with Gilles Peterson starts off with a sultry, brass interpretation of Kendrick Lamar‘s “B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe” from Austinfa jazz producer Sly5thAve. The eclectic grooves continue with a Ras G triplet, Ghostface Killah double, and a hip-hop throwback in “The Do Over” section with Public Enemy.

Gilles also presents a mixtape from global soul quartet, Hiatus Kaiyote, featuring tunes from fellow Aussies Ainslie Willis, Clever Austin, Electric Sea Spider, and more. Hiatus have been riding a wave of success recently that has included acclaim from icons such as Erykah Badu and ?uestlove, as well as a sold-out NYC debut at Le Poisson Rouge in March.

Stream Gilles’ latest show and more below.

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More Info & Track list

Gilles’ most recent shows:

GPWW: 05/17/2013 Worldwide Family Mixtape w/ Stimming

GPWW: 05/10/2013 Worldwide Family Mixtape w/ Matmos

 

SF & LA: Gilles Peterson Live – May 24 & 25 + Contest

 

theLIFT and KCRW will be hosting two special nights this month with DJ marvel Gilles Peterson, returning to San Francisco after five years and to Los Angeles after 2 years! The Saturday, May 24 event will be at Public Works in SF, while the Sunday, May 25 event will be at 333 Live in LA. More details and a chance to win tickets via our contest below!

SF Event Details
Gilles Peterson Live in SF
Saturday, May 24
9pm-3am

Tickets: $20 adv / $25 door
Purchase tickets
21+ w/ ID

Public Works
161 Erie St.
San Franicsco, CA 94103

LA Event Details
Gilles Peterson Live in LA
Sunday, May 25
9pm-2am

Tickets: $20 adv / $25 door
Purchase tickets
21+ w/ ID

333 Live
333 South Boylston St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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NYC: Giant Step Presents Quadron at Le Poisson Rouge – 4/25

Giant Step is thrilled to re-introduce Danish duo Quadron to New York on April 25 at Le Poisson Rouge. This is a show you don’t want to miss. With their upcoming sophomore album out June 4th, vocalist Coco O. and multi-instrumentalist / producer Robin Hanniba will showcase a new sound that bridges soul, pop, folk, and electronic music and reveals influences such as Lauryn Hill and Sade.

Quadron has already received immense support from notable musicians such as Prince, Gilles Peterson, and Adele. Join us Thursday, April 25 to witness the tremendous talent of this duo.

Giant Step Presents Quadron
Thursday April 25th
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St – 10012 New York, NY
Doors: 10:00 PM
$15 Advance Tickets / More Info 

Listen to Quadron’s new track “Hey Love”: