Soul Train

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 5/19/14

    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

  • Voice Choices

    May 14, 2014


    The R&B singer talks with Nelson George

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    The Ultimate List of Free Summer Concerts in NYC, 2014

    Get ready to plug this in your bookmarks, iCals, sticky notes, and religious shrines, because the ultimate guide to free summer concerts 2014 in New York City is here! Seriously, scroll down and don't be stingy -- share with your friends. Concerts aren't fun without friends. We'll be updating this p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Week

    This whole blood moon brouhaha is throwing our mental state for a loop, so we're planning on taking it easy this week with some light social activities. You still with us? All right then! HousingWorks Bookstore celebrates first-time published female authors (including Voice alum Jen Doll) with a pan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Questlove is the Hardest-Working Man in Showbiz, and He is Lonely Enough to Prove It

    Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson is a man of many responsibilities. In the past six days, he's DJed five events, performed twice with his band, the Roots, taped four episodes of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, opened a restaurant that serves fried chicken he can't eat on his current diet, graded his studen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    James Brown Would Have Been 80 Years Old Today, the Man Could Dance (GIFs)

    James Brown would have been 80 years old today, but who cares? What's worth remembering is not how many hits he had, how many millions he made and lost, or how many times he voted for Richard Nixon. No, when we talk about James Brown, we're talking about indisputably the single most important musici ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    24 Hours A Day Watching Old TV Shows!

    That's what you can do thanks to Me TV (channel 144 on my dial), Antenna TV (166), TV Land (Channel 85), Aspire (171), and Hallmark (84). With this plethora of musty treasures on eternal repeat, you need never deal with the present again--except to maybe order food or go to the bathroom. Here's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    The Skinny With Patrik-Ian Polk, the Gay Filmmaking Love Child of Spike Lee and Tyler Perry

    Before meeting the director of The Skinny for lunch recently, I had seen Patrik-Ian Polk refer to himself on his Twitter profile as "The gay Tyler Perry. Shut up." But I'd also heard of him referred to as the gay Spike Lee. So which is it, I inquired when we met, especially since many people consi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Q&A: Orrin Evans On The Economics Of Trio Albums, Jazz Musicians' Constant Reinvention, And Records That Are Too Long

    Pianist Orrin Evans is a busy man. With nearly 20 albums out under his own leadership and a slew of impressive sideman performances to his credit, he's built a sterling reputation on the modern, straight-ahead jazz scene. His music has melody and swing, with a dash of groove here and there, and he f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Dick Clark, R.I.P.

    Dick Clark was cool—as in unflappable, not hip. That was key in an American 1950s where, for much of the nation, the latter condition was basically synonymous with "longhaired Commie fag degenerate." But Dick Clark—that nice boy? No way was he any of those things, not in 1950s America, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Sade Pendavis, RIP

    One of the things I loved about Sade Pendavis is that, even though I'd written about her more than once, she had no idea who I was and would always greet me with "What was the name again?" Normally that kind of thing would make me crazy, but since so many downtown performers delightfully crawl so f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Don Cornelius Commits Suicide

    The creator/host of the classic show Soul Train has shockingly shot himself to death.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Don Cornelius, R.I.P.

    via​What must it have been like to be under the sway of Don Cornelius back when he was a salesman? Damn hard to resist, most likely. Cornelius was a salesman before he was a DJ, a DJ before he was a TV host, a TV host before he was a mogul—a series of roles that require inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Seven Classic Clips From The Soul Train Archives

    This morning, Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius was found dead from an apparent suicide at age 75, and the outpouring of grief and nostalgia was probably best summed up by the Roots' ?uestlove, whose Brooklyn Bowl party Bowl Train is an homage to the show. He wrote passionately about how the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Jimmy Castor, R.I.P.

    Jimmy Castor was a smart aleck; a wise guy; a clean shit-talker with so much joie de vivre you had to laugh even when his truth-telling smacked you upside the head. So when he died this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 71 near his home outside of Las Vegas, far away from the streets of Harlem he o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    People Who Died 2011: The Year In Obituaries

    Amy Winehouse passed away on July 23. ​In memory of the people, places, and things that passed away in 2011, here's a collection of links and streaming-video artifacts.

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Live: Wale Brings Lots And Lots Of Friends To The Highline Ballroom

    Wale Highline Ballroom Wednesday, November 2 Better than: watching next week, when the show will air on MySpace. The line had packed itself six-deep, turning the long sidewalk from the Highline Ballroom to Ninth Avenue into a traffic jam of Wale fans. Or maybe just fans of events. Or maybe sheep. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Gil Scott-Heron, R.I.P.

    Mischa RichterGil Scott-Heron died on Friday. He was 62. ​You know why Gil never had much love for that ill-conceived Godfather of Rap tag. If you're already your own genre, you don't need the weak currency offered by another. If you're a one-off, why would you want to bask in the reflected gl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Nicki Minaj, Louie Vega, Talib Kweli, And Bollywood Disco Headline Your (Christmas!) Week In Nightlife

    ​The holidays tend to bring a mass exodus from the city, but not everyone is leaving. In fact, some of our favorite DJs (and rappers) have chosen to come for a visit, giving us a full week of dance parties and awesome shows. We recommend that you take a night off from your holiday daze, grab a ... More >>