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, from 4-6 p.m., join us along East 125 for Solstice Soul Train, the Uptown version of Make Music Winter. 

** NOTE: The music list below has been updated for the weather. The show will go on, rain or shine! **

There'll be live musicians and marching bands from Fifth to Lexington avenues from 4-6 p.m., ranging from:
* The Hot Hand Band at Wild Olive Market
* Kolja & the Soul Brothers at H&M Art
* Desi Hyson & Rastafari at Uptown Veg (he played with The Wailers!)
* Friends of Funk at Northern Manhattan Rehab
* Jainardo Batista y Kumbakin at the Caribbean Cultural Center
* Sound of Victory Gospel Choir (4 p.m.), the Marching Cobras (5 p.m.) & the Salvation Army Brass Band at our community plaza at 125th Street & Park Avenue. The Cobras may also march the length of the corridor and perform on the sidewalks in front of the National Black Theatre and the old Pathmark, depending on whether rain is falling.

There'll also be a holiday market 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 (at 4:31 p.m., sunset)! 

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 ManPies 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.