New York Night Train's Soul Clap and Dance-Off is North America's most popular soul party - by far playing to more people in more places and generating more capital than any of its contemporaries. The concept is simple-all night dancing to the wild soul 45s of subterranean superstar DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin and, in the middle, a $100 dance contest judged by a community panel. Recession-friendly mass entertainment with a universally cheap door price, the dance party/spectacle not only sells beyond capacity at home, but has brought its excitement to domestic markets all the way from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine and internationally from Tel Aviv to Mexico City-including monthly residencies in New York, Chicago, LA, San Francisco, Oakland, and PDX. The Dance-Off portion features judges from every edge of music and culture from classic subcultural icons like Mike Watt and Jello Biafra, to rock stars Andrew Van Wyngarden (MGMT) and Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), to interesting cultural figures like Karla LaVey (Satanic Priestess) and Matt Gonzalez (Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate) to your favorite neighborhood heroes. Catch The Soul Clap!
"A shimmy-worthy mix of maximum rock'n'soul" - New York Post
"DJ Jonathan Toubin spins the 45s. The mid-'60s to early-'70s r &b and funk will have you dancing with the stars." - Sharyn Jackson, Village Voice
"New York's premier dusty 45 party, attracting rockers, mods and dandies alike." - Time Out Chicago
"Genius" - Josiah Hughes, Exclaim! "An eve of 45-rpm soul sizzlin' and expressive dance." - Lina Lecaro, LA Weekly
"Ridiculous and fun" - Jennifer Maerz, SF Weekly
"It's a goddamn national treasure!" - Wm Steven Humphrey, Portland Mercury
"The Soul-Clap is a party without parallel where you'll experience dance hysteria and soul grooves you'll never hear again." - Megan O'Neil, Detroit Metro-Times
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