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The Sooooooul Train

Jennifer Sprouse • Jan 6, 2014 at 9:56 AM

The popular musical TV program “Soul Train” may not be broadcast anymore, but area residents will get to experience the sights, sounds and styles of the show, as a local group will hold a night dedicated to decades past.

Committee members of the annual Umoja Festival in downtown Johnson City will host a “ ’70s and ’80s Soul Train Throw Back Party” as a fundraiser for the festival Saturday from 8 p.m.-midnight at The Charles, 308 E. Main St.

Umoja Festival Entertainment Committee member Joe Bradley said the night has been in the works for several months now.

“A lot of our music at the festival is like old-school music,” Bradley said. “We thought ‘why not have just an old school party where everybody’s dressing up?’ ”

He said he hopes to see everyone attending in their best ’70s and/or ’80s attire — bell bottoms, platform shoes, sequins, shoulder pads, polyester and big hair.

A news release about the event said a cash prize for the best dressed will be an extra incentive for everyone to dress up.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Bradley said. “We’re also going to do the Soul Train Line (and) the Scrabble Board they used to have where you name the songs.”

The DJ for the event will be One Dunn 2 Go, playing popular musical hits from both decades.

“ ‘Soul Train’ was a musical show that was really like an R&B, hip-hop (show), and all cultures enjoyed it,” he said. “It’s just really going to be a fun evening. We try to have about three or four (events a year) to help our festival. We try to have something for everybody. I think this is something different, but it’s going to be fun. Everybody’s invited. We want everybody, every culture, to participate.”

Bradley said this year’s Umoja Festival is scheduled for Aug. 8-9.

Tickets for Saturday’s event are $25 per person and $40 per couple. They can be purchased from Money Services, 1111 N. Roan St., 929-3615; Craig’s Crown Cutz, 111 Spring St., 434-2158; or by calling Bradley at 483-2062.

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