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?
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.