Throwback Thursday: Gil Scott-Heron @ SOBs – Jan 20, 1991

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein highlights our Martin Luther King Day Celebration featuring Gil Scott-Heron in 1991. Maurice shares:

Gil Scott-Heron’s importance and influence on today’s music is indisputable, and we were lucky to do many shows with him. Gil’s use of his platform was admirable, too; As someone who was always outspoken – especially in politics and social issues – it would be interesting to know what he would have thought about the current government shut down. We invite you to tell us your thoughts on Gil: Did you attend this show or one of the thousands he did in his lifetime? How is his legacy being remembered in your experience? And what’s your favorite piece of music by Gil?

Event Recap: The Village Voice on The Annual MLK Tribute with Questlove & MC Yameen Allworld

Big thanks to Puja at The Village Voice for covering our Annual MLK event, DJed this year by Questlove and MC Yameen Allworld.

Party anthems and silly humor aside, at its best, the night made us remember exactly what we were celebrating. The most touching moment for us came at the onset of Aly-Us’ house anthem “Follow Me”: Basked in flecks of gold light from the disco balls above, the entire club sang along to a chorus of “Why don’t you follow me/To a place where we can be free,” prompting even those headed for the door to linger. “Can we stay through the end of this song?” we heard the girl next to us ask her friend. “I feel like we need to be here for this.”

Read the full review here.