What’s the Winter Solstice? It’s the longest, darkest night of the year — and what better way to celebrate than by bringing light and music to East 125th Street?
On the evening of the solstice, Friday, December 21, 2019, from 4-6 p.m., join us along East 125 for Solstice Soul Train, the Uptown version of Make Music Winter.
There’ll be live musicians and marching bands from Fifth to Lexington avenues, ranging from:
- The Hot Hand Band at Wild Olive Market
- Kolja & the Soul Brothers at H&M Art
- Sound of Victory Gospel Choir at Serengeti Teas & Spices
- Desi Hyson & Rastafari at Uptown Veg (he played with The Wailers!)
- Friends of Funk at Direct Print
- Jainardo Batista y Kumbakin at the Caribbean Cultural Center
- James Weekes & Ji-Groove at Omo Sade Skincare
- Fogo Azul and the Marching Cobras parading along the entire corridor, plus
- Vy Higginsen’s Gospel For Teens at our community plaza at 125th Street & Park Avenue.
There’ll also be a holiday pop-up shop at the Caribbean Cultural Center, visits with Santa at the Second Avenue Subway Center, a shine-in-the-dark community art project with artist LadyKFever, and the official lighting of the 125th & Park tree.
PLUS, FREE PIE! Visit three of our small businesses during Solstice Soul Train, and get a Solstice Soul Train card punched at each store. Once you’ve gotten three stars, head back to our community plaza under the tracks at 125th Street & Park Avenue and collect your free holiday pie baked by the Harlem Pie Man! Pies are provided thanks to Potamkin Automotive and are while supplies last.
Below are photos from our 2017 celebration, and click here and here and here for video.