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Best Hilltop Dance Party New York 2010 - Soul Summit in Fort Greene Park

Soul Summit in Fort Greene Park

Soul Summit in Fort Greene Park

Myrtle Ave. and Cumberland St.

Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Looking like equal parts Spike Lee music video, rave scene from the The Matrix, and ragtag block party, there's nothing as wonderfully Brooklyn as the Soul Summit in Fort Greene Park. Occurring from 3 to 8 p.m. on Sundays in July and August, it's probably the biggest party in the city that is devoid of corporate sponsorship or cannibalized by vendors. Instead, it's a magical, organic party: up to a thousand people dancing together with music and amps that are paid for by crowd donations. It's one of the few places in the city where you can find black and white girls and boys (and bois), age two to 90, dancing together. Hip-hop, r&b, dancehall, and the occasional gospel track are spun by talented DJs in ways you rarely get to hear outdoors. There's a killer view of Manhattan, and an even more killer dance "floor" (the party happens on top of the Prison Ship Martyrs' Memorial, where 12,000 bodies from the American Revolutionary War are buried). The city seems to look the other way when it comes to open containers and the occasional joint, but it's really a family-friendly scene. Stay for the post-party drum circle, when the fireflies start to come out.  

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Esimm76
Esimm76

I am a public dancer by nature since I was a child freestyle, break dancing, steepin vougue, hustle originates from the streets. as a Brooklynite I am graced to dance by the DJs larry levan from the garage, T- scott from the Better Days or Ressurection,the Chase, The palladium etc. When we have functions by soul summit we feel we are at home; it is a family always that reconnects anywhere and anytime . We dance for love of music, family, and people vibe. It is part of my spiritual life 2nd to Christ. Hope to see my family this summer. www.invest4wellness.com.

Meechee
Meechee

Soul Summit keeps me so pumped up during the summer I plan my vacations around it! It is a dance work-out and the djs keep you dancing. I lose at least 5 lbs per Soul Summit dance party in Fort Greene Park and I look forward to the coming summer. Great djs, great out-door party, great fun loving people - great NYC event.

Nia
Nia

Soul Summit was a secret for some time. The Soulful House and great atmosphere is like no other. It's about time Soul Summit is recognized as a great dance party.

AT
AT

Yes... The DJ's Jeff Mendoza; Sadiq and Tabu also deserve a mention for their tirelessly work they provide all year to keep the "deep soulful house muzik" we hear on Sundays of the summer alive in this night life industry! For More information on Soul Summit Music Festival please visit their website at soulsummitmusic.com.

kd
kd

Yes, we are more soulful house music but the visuals are on point. The best part about this is we go all year long at various venue's. Thanks for the great write up.

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Sugar
Sugar

It is definitely an in & out of body experience. There is no way you can sit still to the jungle beats. Keep it coming.

luvsocks
luvsocks

This is a great party and thank you for naming it a "best of" but you left out any mention of the actual music (soulful house)...which is the heart of the whole event!

Myron
Myron

I've been to the party you are referring to. The party you described in the article is not the one that I've been going to for several years. The music played at the party is predominately Soulful House music with some Gospel House added to the mix. If you're going to give props to a party at least describe it accurately. Frankly the Nightclub coverage in the Voice has went down the tubes since Tricia Romano left the paper. Her coverage had its flaws (she had very little conception of Soulful House Music and its scene) but at least she was a clubber who was a part of Dance Music culture. Hopefully in the future you could get a reporter who knows Dance Music culture to cover it. Your Nightclub listings is a joke. I mean you are listing events taking place at APT, a venue that has been closed over a year. In fact, your "Best of" issue had very little mention of Dance Music events (although I will give you props for mentioning Sunday Best), other than that that aspect of Nightlife has neglected been neglected by your paper for the most part. I do you hope your coverage improves in the future.

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