Hot wax: Vinyl-fueled Soul Clap comes to Kingston

DJ Jonathan Toubin (photo by Alexander Thompson)

Ultra-happening New York deejay Jonathan Toubin’s first Soul Clap at BSP in Kingston was a significant event for both the act and the venue. Toubin, at that time, was famously lucky to be alive after suffering a bizarre and nearly fatal car accident while lying in bed in a Portland hotel. Yes, lying in bed: A taxi driver in diabetic shock smashed her cab through the wall of Toubin’s room, pinning him against a wall, deafening him and nearly killing him in myriad ways. A grueling convalescence and rehab and two hearing aids later, Toubin defied his doctors’ prognoses and brought his legendary vinyl-fueled parties back to the clubs. His show at BSP was among his very first post-recovery appearances.

It was also a landmark night for BSP: a packed house and a powerful proof-of-concept that that kind of club could work in this kind of place. Toubin’s subsequent appearances in Kingston have been no less successful, achieving a gaudy, multifaceted variety-show atmosphere featuring bands, contests and endless dancing under the direction of a deejay who is an undisputed master of soul and vinyl curation.

This time around, Toubin is joined by highly simpatico garage-soul band Mighty Fine. “In this band, New York and New Orleans meet at the crossroads and no one moves an inch,” says Mighty Fine singer Steve Myers. The frenetic, abrasive clave groove of “Fake Plastic Party,” the first track from the group’s debut full-length Get up to Get Down, suggests that New York and Detroit might be a more accurate description of the geographic standoff. Track after track, Mighty Fine sounds noisy, brash and in touch with the demonic essences of rock ‘n’ roll.

Soul Clap with deejay Jonathan Toubin and Mighty Fine rev it up again at BSP Kingston on Saturday, February 1. There will be a dance-off at midnight with a $150 cash prize, courtesy of Jack’s Rhythms and Rhino Records in New Paltz. Tickets cost $8 in advance and $10 on the day of the show. BSP Lounge is located at 323 Wall Street in Kingston. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit www.bspkingston.com.

Soul Clap with DJ Jonathan Toubin & Mighty Fine, Saturday, February 1, $8/$10, BSP Lounge, 323 Wall Street, Kingston; (845) 481-5158, www.bspkingston.com.

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