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

Interview: King Britt Talks New Projects + NYC Le Bain Party on 10/15

 

Our upcoming Monday night with the legendary King Britt is just around the corner. As King prepares for what sure to be an all night booty rocking affair, we catch up with the man himself about what’s been moving him of late.

More details on the party after the jump.

Giant Step: What’s your typical day been looking like of late? we know you’re always doing interesting things.

King Britt: Well, I try my best to be pretty organized. I’m lucky to be home through the week Mon-Thurs to work in the studio. I just recently did a remix for Cat Power, Arc in Round and Manuel Tur. Then weekends I fly out to do gigs or check my daughter on campus.

GS: When we checked in with you earlier, you mentioned that you’ve been working “on a number of very interesting projects at the moment.” We’d love to hear more about them!

KB: Yes, as I mentioned, just did some remixes. Recently, completed a few commissions, one an album for the DataGarden label, which is part sound design part experimental music, out now on their label. Two, I just completed a ‘sound art’ commission for Bowerbird as part of Design Philadelphia, which is a sonic interpretation of Jim Sanborn’s Ars Menendi sculpture.

Read the rest of the interview & get party details after the jump

NYC: Groove Collective’s End of Summer Blowout Alumni Jam @ Brooklyn Bowl – Aug 30

 

Groove Collective and Giant Step go way back – to their very beginning, in fact. On August 30, there is going to be a very special event at the Brooklyn Bowl featuring seven of the original ten piece ensemble along with special guests. Below are details on the party along with a classic Groove Collective track called “Lift Off” after the jump. Enjoy!

Event Details
Groove Collective’s End of Summer Blowout Alumni Jam
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Doors, 6pm
DJ Jeannie Hopper, 7pm
Show, 8pm
Party w/ DJ Questlove of The Roots for Bowl Train, 11pm

Tickets: $10
Purchase tickets

Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY

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Rare 1993 Live Recording of Groove Collective @ Sybarite

 

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Courtesy of Nappy G, we have a very rare 1993 live recording of Groove Collective at their Friday residency at the legendary club Sybarite in Soho, which we started to give the group a platform to play as a band. In fact, Groove Collective were born out of Giant Step’s weekly Thursday party in the early 1990′s where they would jam with DJs Smash and Jazzy Nice.

Above, also find a bonus tune by Groove Collective, 1994′s “Whatchugot.”

After the jump, find Nappy G’s comments about the recording as well as the full list of band members!

Official Site

Nappy G’s comments and band member list after the jump

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.