NYC: Doin’ It In The Park Film Screening @ Marcus Garvey Park – Aug 12

 

Giant Step fam Bobbito Garcia got together with French photographer, filmmaker, and ball player Kevin Couliau to co-direct their first documentary on pick up basketball culture in NYC. Traversing all five boroughs and 180 courts, the duo has done a brilliant job capturing the essence of this community. With New York being the epicenter of pick up basketball, you can be sure that the stories and depth of perspective will be plentiful.

Doin’ It In The Park has been hosting several screenings internationally and this weekend it’ll be back in NYC! Check below for details on the August 12 screening at Marcus Garvey Park. Also, above catch the official trailer for the doc and below get a little behind the scenes action on the creative process behind the project.

Event Details
Doin’ It In The Park Film Screening
August 12, 2012
7-10p

Free Admission

Marcus Garvey Park
New York, NY

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Interview: Alecia Chakour to Play Rockwood Music Hall, NYC on July 29

 

Our lovely comrade Alecia Chakour is going to be playing Rockwood Music Hall this coming Sunday, July 29 – so to celebrate, we thought what better than to catch up with our talented young lady?!

Event Details
Alecia Chakour Live
Sunday, July 29
10PM

Tickets: $10
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Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY

Giant Step: How’s it been to tour around with such incredible musicians such as The Warren Haynes Band, Nigel Hall, and Soulive? Any learnings and valuable experiences you’ve picked up?

Alecia Chakour: It is a serious blessing to have found a musical family that is so full of fire and total love for what they do and who they do it with. I get to be a part of this big supportive community where I can stretch out, open up, listen and be completely myself in the music. I’ve learned in that openness to truly trust myself, which allows me trust and love the folks I’m surrounded by. Also, I’ve learned the three magic words: sweat, talent, humility.

GS: What about being on Letterman with the crazy amazing Allen Stone? What’s he like to work with?

Alecia Chakour: I just got back from rehearsal! Allen has a real unique power to him… so naturally soulful, warm and full of positivity. I love that I get to make music with such a diverse range of artists, and he is certainly something special in the bunch.

GS: We know you’ve got a local show coming up at Rockwood on the 29th, how are you feeling about bringing it back home? What can we expect to hear at the show, what’s the energy going to be like?

Alecia Chakour: I’m so excited to get cooking with this crew! The band – my brother Alex, Neal Evans (Soulive), Sam Cohen (Apollo Sunshine/Yellowbirds) and Miles Arntzen (Antibalas) – they are a dream team. They connect to that dynamic, loose, bluesy vibe but bring such originality and excitement to the music. It’s been a while since we’ve played together, and this feels like the perfect way to get things moving… very up close and personal. We’ll be trying out a lot of new tunes that we’ll be recording soon with the rest of the fam, so I’m excited to share.

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Video: The Spy From Cairo – “Alladin Dub”

 

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The Spy From Cairo pays tribute to the adventures of Prince Achmed in the above video for “Alladin Dub.” Loving the flip of Middle Eastern sounds on this tune – kind of reminds us of the kind of stuff our dude Debruit does. Basically, hella gangster.

You’ll be happy to know (as we surely are) that the song is just one of many from The Spy’s upcoming album, Arabadub, out on May 29.

Be sure to catch The Spy From Cairo performing at Nublu in NYC on June 7!

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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
FREE

Central Park
New York, NY

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

Exclusive Track: Wayna – “So Long Heartache” (Blue Remix) + NYC Billie Holiday Tribute Show @ Blue Note – 4/6

 

Grammy nominated DC soul singer Wayna has blessed us with the opportunity to share a gorgeous remix for her follow-up to Billie Holiday’s “Good Morning Heartache.” Called “So Long Heartache,” the tune starts off coy and slowed down with a cover of the original tune and then picks up into a modern soul groove with a bright beat and a feature from DC lyricist W. Ellington Felton. Loving it – the lady got some pipes and flavor to spare! Stream the track below.

Also, catch Wayna this Friday at the Blue Note for a special Billie Holiday birthday celebration and tribute show. W. Ellington Felton will also be performing as a featured guest. In addition to some incredible Billie Holiday covers, guests can also look forward to a preview of Wayna’s upcoming third studio album!

Wayna – “So Long Heartache” (Blue Remix)
 

Event Details
Wayna Pays Tribute To Billie Holiday
Friday, April 6th

12.30AM

Blue Note
131 West 3rd St
New York, NY

Tickets; $10
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