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

Free Download: José James’ “Trouble” (Oh No Remix) via RCRD LBL

Earlier this week, we posted about José James’ new single “Trouble” from his upcoming 2012 album No Beginning, No End. Our friends over at RCRD LBL are offering a free download of the remix by Oh No. We can’t wait to hear more from Jose’s new album. Fans over in Asia and Europe will get to check him out live as he has several dates with McCoy Tyner.

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New Release: José James “Trouble” Single + Oh No Remix

José James has released his new single “Trouble,” a grooving R&B bubbler that’s sure to get you moving. The soulful track comes from James’ forthcoming 2012 album No Beginning, No End. Also check out the stirring remix from Stones Throw beatsmith Oh No on the flip side.

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Purchase “Trouble” (Oh No Remix) iTunes | Amazon

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Video: José James – “Trouble”

 

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Anything José James makes us happy. Today’s treat is a live performance video for “Trouble” during the AllSaints Basement Sessions.

It’s a beautiful video, with desaturated contrasty visuals set off by a moody glow. The old school sewing machines in the background are also quite fresh. And Mr. James’ voice…no words. We’d like to steal his jacket, too. Please and thanks.

Looking forward to more from this guy. Soon, hopefully!

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NYC: Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble + Special Guests at HarlemStage – July 9

 

What’s summer in NYC without tons of incredible free concerts? This Saturday for HarlemStage, the good folks over at Revive Da Live present the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble with some very special guests. Any of the guests easily hold their own: Zap Mama, Pharoahe Monch, Jose James, Taylor McFerrin, J. Period, Mixtape Assassin, and Vinia Mojica. The Ensemble will feature “covers of unreleased Dilla tracks and a tribute to Gil Scott-Heron” along with reinterpretations of some of your favorite jazz, hip-hop and R&B tunes. This event is family friendly so please do bring your little ones!

Details
Annunciation Park (at Amsterdam Ave. and W. 134th St.)
Gates open: 4:00 pm
Performance: 5:00 – 9:00 pm

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