Throwback Thursday: Los Amigos Invisibles with Brazilian Girls at Irving Plaza – June 4, 2004

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This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to a show we did in 2004 at Irving Plaza with Los Amigos Invisibles and then, up-and-coming Brazilian Girls. Giant Step had worked with both bands for a number of years, and seeing their careers grow and them putting on this fantastic show for us was really amazing. Originally from Venezuela, Los Amigos came together in the early 90s during a time of heavy rock and gave us a refreshing mix of funk and jazz, infused with the best genre ever: DISCO. Brazilian Girls came up from the NuBlu club with a sound that can’t easily be described but is something like electronic music mixed with elements of tango and reggae. As a result, this pairing was an explosive and fun concert that had even the least inclined to jump up and dance.
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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.

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NYC: Offline with Q-Tip, Giant Step’s Last Party of 2012 – Tonight

Is today the end of the world? We, at Giant Step, make no guarantees. But even if it is, we’re pretty sure there is no better way to celebrate than dancing at  Offline with music legend Q-Tip

Now in its seventh installment, Q-Tip’s party has been packing Irving Plaza every month, bringing out the very best in what New York nightlife has to offer. The dance floor heats up with a diverse crowd of real New Yorkers and music lovers.  This is the last Offline party of 2012. So tuck your phones out of sight and get ready to celebrate the best parts of 2012 with Q-Tip’s “old skool” throwback of supreme funk, jazz, hip hop, salsa, and Latin records.

Tickets are still available here.

Offline with Q-Tip Powered by Giant Step
Friday, December 21st
Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Plaza
Doors: 11:00 PM / More Info

NYC: Q-Tip Celebrates His 7th Offline Party At Irving Plaza – 12/21

As 2012 comes to a close, there is no better way to celebrate the holidays than attending music legend Q-Tip‘s Offline party. Now in its seventh installment, Q-Tip has been packing Irving Plaza every month and bringing out the very best in what New York nightlife has to offer. On 12/21, Q-Tip will once again pump his eclectic collection of jams ranging from funk, jazz, hip hop, salsa, and Latin records. So tuck your phones out of sight and get ready to celebrate another night full of real music and dancing.

Don’t be surprised to see such celebrities as J.Cole, Mark Ronson, Grandmaster Flash, Just Blaze, DJ Cassidy, Busta Rhymes, Gabrielle Union, but whoever you are, the emphasis is all about dancing to Q-Tip’s eclectic selections of great music.

Tickets are selling quickly, grab yours here.

 

 

Offline with Q-Tip Powered by Giant Step
Friday, December 21st
Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Plaza
Doors: 11:00 PM / More Info

NYC: Q-Tip Returns to the DJ Booth for the Next Offline Party – 11/23

Save your energy on Black Friday as the next epic New York Dance party will be on 11.23. Q-Tip’s last Offline edition in September was the biggest one yet. Past attendees included celebrities such as J.Cole, Mark Ronson, Grandmaster Flash, Just Blaze, DJ Cassidy, Busta Rhymes, Gabrielle Union, and many more.

Join over a thousand people dancing all night long on Q-Tip’s supreme selection of funk, jazz, hip hop, salsa, and Latin records.

Tickets are selling quickly, grab yours here.

Offline with Q-Tip Powered by Giant Step

Friday, November 23rd
Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Plaza
Doors: 11:00 PM
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