Brooklyn Soul Festival Will Soothe Your Soul

If you’re like me, you’ve spent this rainy week indoors, reading interviews with Mark Zuckerberg and complaining about the new Gap logo. That’s a pretty pathetic way to spend a week. But now it’s Friday, it’s sunny, and the way I see it, you have two options if you’re in NYC and want to let loose. The first option is obvious: bust out your Batman duds and head over to New York Comic Con to mingle with the other fan boys and fawn over Kristen Bell. The second, more preferable option is to head to The Bell House in Gowanus on Friday, Saturday, or both, for the Second Annual Brooklyn Soul Festival.

What is the Brooklyn Soul Festival? You know that Eli “Paperboy” Reed character I can’t shut up about? Well, he’s a twenty-something white Jewish kid/soul singer extraordinaire, and he’s made it his mission to bring lost 1960’s soul artists to Brooklyn. The Festival includes performances by greats Barbara Lynn, Betty Harris, Vernon Garrett, and Don Gardner, as well as many others including “Paperboy” himself. There will also be DJ sets, records for sale, and — here’s the clincher — BBQ from Williamsburg’s Fette Sau. If you’re still not convinced, check out this amazing old clip of Barbara Lynn playing lefty guitar and singing her hit, “You’ll Lose a Good Thing.”

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