Jonathan Toubin / New York Night Train SOUL CLAP & DANCE-OFF
– 7pm-8:30pm dance to the 45rpm 1960s soul magic of JONATHAN TOUBIN
– 7:30pm $100 DANCE CONTEST with dj RANDY JONES thee original cowboy of Official Village People and a fabulous neighborhood cast of judges / 2nd prize: $75 Metropolis Vintage Shopping Spree!
– 6pm live set by Houston, TX band THE SUFFERS
– Madison Square Park, FREE!
Are you ready for this? JONATHAN TOUBIN will be home from his European tour and getting ready to do the first-ever FREE OUTDOOR SOUL CLAP AND DANCE-OFF at MADISON SQUARE PARK! That’s right! The New York Park’s Department is presenting the world’s most popular soul party as a part of its summer music series! Get there early to see Houston, TX soul/funk ensemble THE SUFFERS! Stick around to dance to TOUBIN’s exquisite soul party 45s! Get in the 8pm Dance Contest with, back by popular demand, contest DJ RANDY JONES – the original COWBOY of the VILLAGE PEOPLE! And determined by a distinguished panel of community judges! and its all over by 9pm! A soulful evening in the park!
Voted “BEST DJ” in the most recent Village Voice “Best of NYC” Readers Poll, JONATHAN TOUBIN is best known for his dynamic DJ sets comprised of little-known wild o.g. “maximum rock and soul” 45s and his trademark New York Night Train parties. Of his over 2000 gigs on five continents since 2007, the most famous event by far is the Soul Clap and Dance-Off – a night of dancing to the raw immediate fun of Toubin’s exquisite 1960s soul 45s interrupted by a dance contest determined by a panel of community judges. Seeded in humble Brooklyn art/punk roots, organically grown into a NYC ritual, and then blooming into an international nightlife institution, the world’s most popular and prolific soul party draws a capacity crowd at the Brooklyn Bowl, is the annual official South By Southwest closing event, had an entire night dedicated to it at Lincoln Center Midsummer Night Swing, and appears in dozens of international markets and major festivals annually – everywhere from Brazil to Iceland to Israel to Australia. In addition to mix tapes available on Burger Records, Toubin is the first living DJ with compilation LPs on legendary rock’n’roll label Norton Records – “Souvenirs of the Soul Clap” Vol. 1, 2, 3, and 4. CATCH THE CLAP!’
“Jonathan is pretty much the only DJ we actually like.” (VICE Magazine, 2014)
“Particularly chic… one of the most popular spinners in Williamsburg and the founder of the New York Night Train dance parties. His fare is already cleaner and more appreciative of American pop music history than much of the rest.” (NY Times, 2013)
“The most-liked man in the soul music scene” (Rolling Stone, 2012)