Giant Step – Retrospective 1990-1995

Event promo image for MOMENT NYC: Giant Step – Retrospective 1990-1995 at SOBs Sunday, March 5th 2023

A convergent moment in downtown New York City club history

MOMENT NYC invites you to a retrospective on the groundbreaking underground Giant Step party of the 1990s. This roving downtown party attracted generations of artists, jazzers, MCs, dancers, celebrities, and fashionistas – an eclectic mix of all kinds and personalities, creatively intermingling. Unique and of its time but also part of a long continuing tradition of underground music and dance club culture in NYC nightlife. This was the club where artists like Jamiroquai, Massive Attack, Gilles Peterson, Guru’s Jazzamatazz, Daft Punk and Digable Planets first performed. It was also a jumping off point for local artists like Groove Collective, Dana Bryant and Repercussions. Giant Step inspired other like minded parties from Los Angeles to Toronto and beyond.

The event will feature the photography of Alice Arnold with archival audio; a panel discussion w/ Maurice Bernstein, Erica Lee, DJ Smash, and David Hershkovits; and after-party DJ set by DJ Smash w/ guest performers.

6:30pm Discussing ’90s NYC Giant Step parties in the context of NYC nightlife history

David Hershkovits (founder of Paper Magazine), facilitates a discussion with Maurice Bernstein (Giant Step co-founder and CEO), Erica Lee (former Director of Events at Giant Step, and DJ Smash (original Giant Step DJ)

8pm Live exhibit of photos by Alice Arnold, Giant Step archival audio mixes, and context

8:30-11:00 After-Party DJ set by DJ Smash w/live guest performers

Tickets available here

Early bird $8 tickets available until Feb 14th here

This event is all-ages with chaperone