Throwback Thursday: Nuyorican Soul Fiesta (Winter Music Conference) @ the Shore Club, Miami – March 24, 1997

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein takes us back to the legendary 1997 Winter Music Conference party for Nuyorican Soul at the Shore Club! What do you remember about the epic daytime party? For those that missed it, catch a video clip as well as the backside of the invite flyer after the jump.

Back in the 90s, the Winter Music Conference (WMC) was a global affair where house DJs from all around the world would come and invade Miami for a week. Back then it was purely an industry event, which inevitably also brought out only the most serious of dance music lovers.

For this year particular year, we decided to throw a big daylong event as a teaser for the forthcoming Nuyorican Soul album that we were releasing – the album was of course produced by none other than Kenny and Louie aka Masters at Work.

We held the party at the Shore Club – the “old” Shore Club with the huge outdoor space and pool. It was a largely coveted event. We had a great live set from Luis Quinteros who brought along some local Miami musicians to play with him. Special guests included Roy Ayers, India Arie and of course Louie Vega, and Kenny Dope, amongst many, many others.

Read more + catch the flyer & video after the jump

Levi’s John Legend & The Roots Collaboration: “Our Generation” + MP3

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The Levi’s Pioneer Sessions keeps it moving with an amazing new cover, which may have been the catalyst a full blown Roots – John Legend soul cover album. Immediately after the new Roots release this Tuesday, they’ve announced plans for a new one. Pitchfork details their new project here; including classic covers like this one, it’s obvious that these recordings came natural. Get the free download of The Roots & John Legend remaking the Ernie Hines’ breakbeat classic, “Our Generation” at Levi’s Pioneer Sessions.

Levi’s Pioneer Sessions: Nas Covers “Hey Young World” by Slick Rick + MP3

The Levi’s Pioneer Sessions kicked off with Nas covering his “personal favorite MC” Slick Rick’s classic song, “Hey Young World,” and you can get your copy here. The series has some exciting upcoming tracks from artists like The Shins, Raphael SaadiqJohn Legend & The Roots, She & Him, Passion Pit, and more, so stay tuned! For now, check out this bonus footage of Nas laying down his track for Levi’s.


Sunset Soiree Photos from WMC 2010 in Miami

A collection of photos from our three Sunset Soiree events at Delano during Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach this year: A Night of Latin Flavor with Gilles Peterson, Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love, Alex Barck of Jazzanova, Nickodemus and Chico Mann on Friday; Estelle, Rye Rye and more, Poolside on Saturday; and Gilles Peterson with Questlove at The Florida Room on Saturday. The three events were co-presented by Levi’s and Windows 7.

14th Annual Sunset Soiree at WMC – Miami Beach

Thousands of people from around the world will flock to Miami Beach for the annual Winter Music Conference, and we are some of those people. Celebrating our 14th year at the conference, we, along with help from our friends at Levi’s and Windows 7, bring our annual Sunset Soiree to the Delano for exclusive performances both poolside and in The Florida Room. Revelers can expect a line up that includes the likes of Gilles Peterson, Questlove, Estelle, Alex Barck and many more. As always entrance is free but strictly RSVP only.

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