Get on up, because it’s time to boogie on down!
On Jan. 6, El-Rocko Lounge is hosting, arguably, the most tailor-made event the swanky spot has seen since opening its doors in April: a fully involved revival of the hit musical variety television show “Soul Train.”
“Gold Train: A Soul Train Revival” will not just be a concert, but also a somatic accent to the glittery halls, disco balls, golden straws, dancing mirrors and slick hardwood floors of the Whitaker Street lounge.
“We’re trying to get as close to the original show as possible,” co-organizer and Ambrose frontman Steve Baumgardner said.
The boogie train will leave the station with DJ Doc Ock opening the night with some gold-plated standards, followed by a live set from local funk masters Ambrose. Doc Ock is an old-school DJ who spins exclusively on vinyl and is prepped for this soulful get-down with all the hits that made up the original show. There will be a dance line, so practice your best moves, and the infamous Scrabble board as well.
El-Rocko owner Wes Daniel will be hosting the night as Ron Cornelius, “Soul Train” creator and executive producer Don Cornelius’ distant cousin. Daniel will host interviews just like on the show, but instead of broadcasting over the television, they will be live-streamed on El-Rocko’s Facebook page.
“A show like this is kind of fresh in comparison to what most people are looking for these days and brings a completely different vibe to the table than just going to a bar and listening to house music,” co-organizer and the show’s creator Sarah Florio said. “It’s a very communal. No one thinks about anything but having a good time.”
Throughout the course of the night, Doc Ock and Ambrose will trade sets, with Daniel doing interviews and Scrabble board fun in between.
Make sure you dress for the occasion. House of Strut, a local vintage clothing store, will be styling up the band and Daniel for the occasion. The Starland District store helped prep Ambrose for a revival of their Prince cover band, Blouses, last year, and so are no strangers to getting the funk right. 13 Bricks, a local clothing and design company, will be on hand as well.
“Talking with Steve, we wanted to pay homage to the show as much as possible,” Florio said. “That’s pretty much the type of music played at El-Rocko — old-school funk and soul.”
Adding to the night’s festivities are a custom cocktail you can order at the glittery gold bar and a raffle. For two bones, you can purchase five raffle tickets with prizes like posters, T-shirts, gift cards and bar tabs.
“It’s going to be a fun time,” Baumgardner said. “We’re trying to make it a once-in-a-month event where we feature a band or something. Treat it like ‘Soul Train.’
“We’re really going to play around with the night. Less like you’re just coming to see a set, but more of an exclusive party for everybody where there’s a band, a DJ and you are part of what goes on.”
IF YOU GO
What: “Gold Train: A Soul Train Revival” with Ambrose
When: 9 p.m. Jan. 6
Where: El-Rocko Lounge, 117 Whitaker St.