Art Basel Performance by Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme; Blaqstarr; Plus Alec Monopoly, and DJs Nick Cohen, and Jamie Biden – Photo Recap

Thank you Miami for being sexy even in the dead of winter. Thank you Art Basel for bringing together so much art and love in one town. Thank you SVEDKA for giving us delicious libations. Thank you Morgans for giving us a beautiful space to get down in, and thank YOU for coming out and having a grand old time with us.

SVEDKA Vodka Sessions: Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme; Plus Blaqstarr, and the art of Alec Monopoly – December 4

The annual Art Basel festivities take place every December in Miami, FL bringing together art enthusiasts from around the globe. Keeping with the spirit of the event Giant Step is presenting a very special SVEDKA Vodka Session with live performances by Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme plus Blaqstarr. Renown LA street artist Alec Monopoly will be bringing his art into the popular realm and for your sonic pleasure we welcome DJs Nick Cohen, Jaime Biden, and Alexandra Richards. Doors open at 9:00pm on Saturday, December 4th, at Sunset Lounge at Mondrian in Miami Beach. As always, entrance is free but strictly RSVP, and you must be 21+ with a valid ID.

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Fitz And The Tantrums Perform “Money Grabber” at SVEDKA Vodka Sessions, SF, 11/5

With six killer musicians, five dapper suits, irresistible songs, some serendipity and one vintage organ, Fitz And The Tantrums brought their rip-roaring stadium soul to Velvet Room at Clift, A Morgans Original, in San Francisco, on November 5th. Watch the crowd explode when they drop “Money Grabber,” above, and be sure to check out our photos from the intimate evening.

SVEDKA Vodka Sessions: Fitz And The Tantrums at the Clift

Giant Step blogger, Rehes, AKA Seher Sikandar, steps into the San Francisco Clift to catch Fitz And The Tantrums plus DJ Smash with her camera and her pen.

Where in the hail have I been?  I know, I know.  It’s been way too extra much long.  Practicing the intricacies of hermitism can be an exhausting task.

Re-assimilating into society at a swanky Giant Step show was just the fix.  What?  And it’s a super live band from the west coast?  There with bells on.

The most recent installment of the SVEDKA Vodka Sessions by Giant Step took place at the stylish Clift hotel in my beloved San Francisco. You walk into a dimly lit mod lobby with comfy earth tones and cosmopolitan visitors that certainly aren’t from anywhere around town.  I mean, I was feelin a little classy in my black hipster jeans and hoodie.  Shiiieeeett.

There was even this humongous ornate chair that was about eight feet tall.  It’d fit at least six point five models – or me and my homegirl.  Dazzling.

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Photo Recap: SVEDKA Vodka Sessions; A Special Performance By José James – August 3

After giving an amazing performance last week in Boston at the beautiful Woodward at Ames, José James zipped back to New York City to make an appearance later that week at the Lincoln Center. Along with Robert Glasper and Bilal on the bill these gentlemen thrilled the audience and made very clear, just how unclear the line between jazz and soul can be. Check out what the New York Times had to say about him, and about the re-emergence of jazz in the mainstream.