Remembering The Florida Room As It Closes Its Doors

 

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This week, a very special venue in the hearts of many (including ours) closed its doors for good. The Florida Room in the basement of Delano Hotel in South Beach Florida was a Lenny Kravitz designed venue with the feel of a classic old school night club.

Within its first year of opening, Giant Step starting doing events at The Florida Room and the list became pretty impressive. Many of our events were Miami debuts featuring great artists such as Jose James, Janelle Monae, Melanie Fiona, and Jazmine Sullivan, to name a few.

Watch the video of Questlove and Gilles Peterson at WMC 2010 as Quest toasts Gilles for being one to go down in history – quite timely to share given yesterday’s news.

After the jump, also find videos from De La Soul, The Roots, and Janelle Monae, all doing their thing at a venue that will be greatly missed.

Here’s a partial list of some of our great nights:

June 2008 – Janelle Monae (Miami Debut)
Sept 2008 – Jazmine Sullivan (Miami Debut)
Oct 2008 – Nikka Costa
NYE 2008 – The Roots and Janelle Monae
Jan 2009 – The Florida Room 1st anniversary with De La Soul
WMC 2009 – Pete Rock, Benji B, Wale, Questlove, Melanie Fiona, Taylor McFerrin
NYE 2009 – Common
WMC 2010 – Gilles Peterson and Questlove

So to all our friends in Miami and of course the great staff of this special venue that had the best cocktails in the world – we salute you and all the good times.

More videos from The Florida Room after the jump

Artist Spotlight: Anais Aida + Videos

 

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The Senegalese and French vocalist, Anais Aida, has journeyed from Toulouse, France to Oakland to New York City to develop her skill and pursue her dreams as a musician. Above we share with you a gorgeous cover of Janelle Monae’s “Say You’ll Go” that she’s put together with Queens-based producer, DannyBe. Currently at NYU, Anais and her partner, Alejandro Ghersi, are crafting their debut with a single and video called “Love Can Burn” planned for this summer. Anais has also announced she’ll be releasing four covers this month, the first being Anthony David’s “As Above So Below,” which you’ll find after the jump. New talent is always so inspiring!

watch Aida’s Anthony David cover after the jump

Bruno Mars & Janelle Monáe Announce North American Tour, “Hooligans in Wondaland” + Dates with Plan B

Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe have announced a co-headlining tour with their respective Hooligans and Androids, called “Hooligans in Wondaland.” Ticket bundle presales (including a Janelle package with meet-and-greet and exclusive release) begin on Thursday 2/17 and public on-sale starts Saturday 2/26.

Check out the full tour schedule, including dates with Plan B and Mayer Hawthorne, after the jump.

Tour Dates

Cee-Lo Green Video: “Bodies”

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The story of The Lady Killer continues with Cee-Lo‘s next single, “Bodies,” which takes on the kind of morbid surreal tone as Gnarles Barkley‘s “Necromancer.” The “Bodies” video, directed by Mikael Colombu, features celebrities like Kerry Washington, a transformer-Karl-Lagerfeld-switchblade (apparently available at H&M), Bilal Oliver ‘trapped inside,’ and Janelle Monáe looking even less human than usual.