Do you remember SOUL TRAIN? If you do good, if you don't sorry about that. It was the hippest trip in America. On Labor Day, September 5, you can join the Soul Train festivities at Millennium Park. There will be a stepper's set hosted by the Cool Gent, Herb Kent. The King of the Dusties starts spinning oldies but goodies from the 60s, 70s, and 80s from 4 to 5:30. And we can dance. Bring your stepping shoes.
Before American Idol and Dancing with the Stars, a young man from the south side of Chicago, Don Cornelius, introduced Black artists to the world as the teenie boppers who are now boomers danced their hearts out to the latest tunes and created popular dance. Soul Train aired in the 70s. The program gave us James Brown, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Barry White, Smokie Robinson, Al Green and many others weekly.
On stage to bring it all home on labor day are Chicago's very own. Before he was a commissioner, Jerry Butler was the original lead singer of The Impressions a group started with the late Curtis Mayfield. The Impressions , who are fresh from Washington as participants in the King Memorial unveiling, will be on hand with their soulful sounds from a trio of gentlemen. The Chi-Lites, The Emotions and Gene Chandler, better known as The Duke of Earl are all on the show.
This will be an evening to remember and not to be missed. They will peform with a full orchestra conducted by the great Tom Tom Washington. The concert will be hosted by Richard Steel and Don Cornelius will make a guest appearance. This is a old school show with a Chicago flavour.
The show starts at 6:30 at the Jay Pavilion State. The concert is FREE.