NYC: Bobby Womack and Willis Earl Beal to Headline SummerStage 2012 Show – June 7


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Yessir. Bobby Womack and Willis Earl Beal will be headlining our SummerStage show this year! Lock June 7 in your calendars, folks!

Above, watch the mini-documentary on Bobby’s process with recording The Bravest Man in the Universe, his first album of original material since 1994. Sit down with Bobby in the studio and hear what’s really good from the man himself. Look out for the album to drop just about a week after the show on June 12!

The once homeless Chicago native Willis Earl Beal taught himself how to make music during an overnight motel job in New Mexico. His debut album, Acousmatic Sorcery, is a result of this period of bare-essentials creativity, which consisted of “a cassette-based karaoke machine and a $20 microphone.” We are so excited to help introduce him to New York City! Definitely do take a looksee at his new video for “Monotony” after the jump.

Event Details
SummerStage & Giant Step Present:
Bobby Womack and Willis Earl Beal Live

June 7, 2012
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Central Park
New York, NY

Pre-Order The Bravest Man in the Universe on Amazon

Purchase Acousmatic Sorcery on iTunes | Amazon

Bobby Womack on Facebook | Twitter | Official Site

Willis Earl Beal on Facebook | Twitter | Official Site

Watch the video for “Monotony” by Willis Earl Beal after the jump

NYC: Terence Blanchard Quintet @ Michael Schimmel Center For The Arts – Nov 5


The indelible multi-Grammy winner Terence Blanchard brings his famed jazz ensemble to the Schimmel Theatre in New York City on November 5th. Come bring your winter boo for a awe-inspiring evening with a man that is being credited as a member of the modern jazz legacy.

Terence Blanchard Quintet Live
Saturday, November 5th 2011
7:30 PM

Michael Schimmel Center For The Arts
3 Spruce Street
New York, NY 10038

Tickets: $25 – $50
Purchase tickets

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Video: Electric Wire Hustle – “Again” + European Tour Dates


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Many of you probably remember being as ecstatic as we were when you first heard Electric Wire Hustle, probably sometime last year. A couple days ago, they returned with a video for “Again” off their debut album. Filmed as a time lapse in New York City’s Time Square, director Vibol Moeung attributes the inspiration behind the video to the first lines of the song, “I have no sense of time.” He found Times Square an ideal place to create a “uniquely overwhelming visual cacophony of lights, billboards, people, traffic & movement…as if being in a hallucinogenic dream-like state.”

We are also super geeked to hear that the group is steady at work on their sophomore album, which should be ready for release in early 2012.

Purchase Electric Wire Hustle on iTunes | Amazon

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European tour dates after the jump

Watch NY77: The Coolest Year In Hell

New York City was a different place in 1977. The whole word has changed, but the city during that time had a very particular chaotic rhythm to it: “Punk, disco, hip hop, the blackout, Son of Sam, Tony Manero, CBGB, Studio 54, Max’s Kansas City, Show World, Paradise Garage, cocaine, polyester and leather” [via Dangerous Minds].  This 2007 TV documentary reflects that time and place with great authenticity by including some of the real players of the time.

The full movie is here on Youtube in its entirety – so full-screen this, sit back and remember the days.

Giant Step’s Annual MLK Jr. Tribute On January 17th To Benefit Haiti

final_mlkflyerIn light of Haiti’s recent plight, Giant Step is contributing a portion of the proceeds from its 6th Annual MLK, Jr. Tribute at Cielo this Sunday, Jan. 17, to Doctors Without Borders – an organization dedicating emergency medical response to the country. Help spread the word about their efforts and keep the people of Haiti in your thoughts this weekend.

Make an online donation to Doctors Without Borders

Support Doctors Without Borders in Haiti

Info & Tickets for Giant Step’s 6th Annual MLK, Jr. Tribute with DJ Spinna & Rich Medina