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



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

NYC: Louie Vega’s Elements Of Life: The Eclipse, Special Listening Session and All Night DJ Set At Le Bain – 7/16

New York! This Monday, we have an exclusive listening party and DJ set from longtime Giant Step friend and world famous producer, Louie Vega, at Le Bain at The Standard.

One half of Masters at Work and Nuyorican Soul, the legend will unveil his forthcoming album, Elements Of Life: The Eclipse (out in October), during the opening listening session. You don’t want to miss this unique experience featuring a very special listening session followed by a all night DJ set traversing Vega’s music landscapes. We also invite you to enjoy special cocktails provided by Appleton Estate Rum.

Louie Vega (DJ Set)
Elements Of Life: The Eclipse: Special Listening Session
Monday, July 16
Le Bain at The Standard, 444 W. 13th St.
Doors: 8 PM
Free entry with RSVP

Giant Step Vault: Nuyorican Soul Record Release Party at Supper Club, NYC 1997

More from the vault! Now this really is a rare gem and we’re not sure if it’s ever been seen before. This is the footage from the famous launch party at Supper Club NY for the release of Nuyorican Soul’s album. It features behind the scenes interviews plus footage of the jam session with George Benson, Tito Puente, Vince Montana and Roy Ayers. This was one of our favorite parties of all time! We even found the old flyer.

Giant Step Vault: Nuyorican Soul EPK – Giant Step Records 1997

We dug deep into the Giant Step vault to find some gems from the past. Here is the first of the bunch, an EPK for the release of Nuyorican Soul on Giant Step Records. Back then it was common to compile an electronic press kit (EPK) to send out a pre-release – this would help with journalists, retail and radio. Although it was more of an industry tool, we thought you might enjoy seeing it. A lot of the footage and interviews are from the actual photo shoot for the album artwork. The video features interviews with Kenny Dope and Little Louie Vega, Roy Ayers, George Benson, La India, Jocelyn Brown and Tito Puente to name a few.

Keep an eye on this site over the holiday break for more videos from the Giant Step vault.