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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Guest Selector: Matt Pinfield (of MTV)

Matt Pinfield is at the forefront of rock music authorities today. Always considered a flavor-maker by music industry heavyweights and rock stars alike, Matt is recognized as “The Rock and Roll Encyclopdia.”

Matt got his start in the music industry as the youngest DJ at Rutgers’ Radio station WRSU at just sixteen-years of age. Throughout his college career, Matt worked with the station and eventually became Music Director. All the while, Matt DJ’d at popular New Brunswick club The Melody Bar, where bands like The Wonder Stuff, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, and others met and became quite fond of Matt and his musical taste.

Subsequently, Matt landed a job as radio DJ at New Jersey’s commercial rock station WHTG. Matt was highly influential at WHTG, pushing development as one of the nation’s first commercial modern rock stations. He was promoted to Program Director, and recipient of two consecutive Gavin Awards for “National Commercial Alternative Music Director of the Year.”

Matt soon moved to television as a host on MTV shows. Shortly thereafter, Matt’s musical taste and uncanny knowledge helped him acquire the title Director of Music Programming for the network. He was host of dozens of popular music shows such as, MTV’s “120 Minutes,” VH1’s “Top 20 Countdown,” HDnet’s “Soundoff With Matt Pinfield,” “Mattrock,” “Pinfield Suite,” “Pinfield Presents,” “Rocks Off,” “Say What,” “MTV Live,” and more than 100 MTV specials. Matt’s wealth of musical knowledge didn’t go unnoticed- MTV’s popular daily countdown show “Total Request Live (TRL)” featured a segment entitled “Stump Matt,” in which Matt faced obscure music questions from audience members; almost always proving his knowledge with great accuracy.

Columbia Records sought out Matt Pinfield and titled him VP of A&R and Artist Developement, where he developed Coheed & Cambria and Crossfade, whose records were certified Gold and Platinum respectively.

Making his return to radio in 2008, Matt signed on as the morning drive DJ on New York station WRXP’s Rock Show. As WRXP was the newst station on New York block, Matt was instrumental in the success of the station’s infancy, with segments like, “Play Matt’s iPod,” the radio revival of “Stump Matt,” “Local licks,” and other station DJs continually plugging Matt’s show.

Matt is continually sought out by musicians because of his wealth of musical knowledge and comfortable and entertaining interview style. In 2005 the Rolling Stones were interviewed together for the first time in 35 years, and they chose Matt Pinfield. He hosts world premieres for the industry’s top rock acts, like Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, U2, and others.

In 2011 Matt made his return to MTV as host on “120 Minutes”, where he remains one of the most highly regarded personalities in the music and entertainment industry.

Tickets Available at the Door

1:00am dance contest for $100 cash (1st place prize) & $75 Metropolis Vintage certificate (2nd place prize)

$7 at the door, cash only

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Brooklyn Bowl


SOUL CLAP & DANCE-OFF with DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN with Guest Selector: Matt Pinfield (of MTV), Dance all night to the world famous soul 45s of DJ JONATHAN ...

Saturday, August 17 · Doors 11:30 PM / Show 11:59 PM at Brooklyn Bowl

Tickets Available at the Door