‘ETCetera,’ a new NYC party with Ge-Ology and Mark de Clive-Lowe

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Words by Korby Benoit

Since my days as a child I’ve always embraced new friendships. As an adult I’m more keen of my innate need to connect with people and exchange ideas. Commonalities usually bring us all together, yet it is through our differences we can evolve and have a rich exchange of information and perspectives.

I enjoy discovering the musical tastes of my friends. And yes, at times I may develop a genuine connection with a  person who simply doesn’t appreciate the same music I do. In those instances all is not lost…or is it? (Remember, music is everything!)

If I’m just getting to know a person and they mention their appreciation for the sounds of Ge-Ology and Mark de Clive-Lowe, I’ll likely have an emotive response to this information. More specifically, an internal signal alerts me that I’m around my artistic kinfolk. We’ll probably enjoy the same events and we might offer each other chunks of musical perspective that we each yearn for, but have yet to discover.

Ge-ology and Mark de Clive-Lowe are both well versed in appealing to an audience through sound. I attended their first installment of ETCetera, a new quarterly event at The303 at Louie and Chan in New York’s Lower East Side.

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Photo: Gregory Porter @ Town Hall, NYC – Feb 14


Photos by Victoria Ford/Sneakshot

Lucky couples and singles alike packed the room at Town Hall in New York City Friday night for a triple threat of performers. Starting the show were up and coming local talents, Chris Turner and Jennah Bell who performed a spine-tingling bluesy/folk inspired set together. And the minute the incomparable Gregory Porter reached the stage, he was greeted with a standing ovation.

The jovial singer engaged the audience with jokes sprinkled throughout the set, stories about his mother, and mounds of praise and appreciation for all the love in the room that night. The vocals were no less than what you’d hope for – strong, deep, and steeped in emotion and vulnerability. The set spanned music from all three of his albums, including popular songs “1960 What?,” “Liquid Spirit,” and “Be Good (Lion’s Song).”

Q-Tip Talks Beats, Rhymes, and Life with RBMA + ‘Offline’ Tonight in NYC


Red Bull Music Academy has dropped a video of an in-depth Q-Tip lecture from their recent NYC stint. In the 2-hour discussion, the hip hop legend lends some commentary on his process and lets us in on some very interesting stories with his peers. Dropping knowledge!

Tonight, NYC can party with the man himself at the return of our Offline party at Stage 48. Details below!

Event Details
Q-Tip Presents Offline
A Weekly Party Powered By Giant Step

Thursday, June 6th

Tickets: $20
Purchase tickets

Stage 48
605 W. 48th St.
New York, NY

NYC: Sweet Spot Festival, May 26 – Sep 22


Giant Step is excited to be a part of the Sweet Spot Festival series in Harlem this summer! Bringing together Harlem’s diverse community, celebrating its rich legacy & promoting music, art, culture and commerce, the series kicks off with a free dance party this Sunday, May 26, from 2-9PM at the West Harlem Pier. Herbert Holler, Dynamite Black, Redlox, Elbow Greasy and Woof the Phonocator will be spinning mix of Soulful House, classic R&B, Disco, Funk and Soul.

From May through September, the festival will host an eclectic range of musicians, DJ’s, and themed dance parties. There will be JetBlue flight giveaways, kids activities, free fitness workshops and the Sweet Spot market place with an array of food vendors and one-of-a-kind vintage & jewelry selections.

Bring your good spirits and join us at the Sweet Spot Festival this summer!

The Sweet Spot Festival series schedule:
Sunday, May 26 – West Harlem Piers 2-9 pm
Sunday, June 16 – Jackie Robinson Park 12-6pm
Saturday, July 20 – Jackie Robinson Park
Saturday, August 17 – Jackie Robinson Park
Saturday, September 14 – Pier 1
Sunday, September 22- Jackie Robinson Park