Music: Northern Soul Night With Mr. Fine Wine & Brad Hales

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Northern Soul Night with Mr. Fine Wine & Brad Hales
Saturday, March 26, 9pm
Admission: $5 (free for members)

Dance ‘til you drop at MOCAD’s sensational soul stomp! Brad Hales, a Detroit–raised legend of the American funk and soul 45 scene meets up with hometown hero and host of WFMU’s Downtown Soulville Mr. Fine Wine to play Northern Soul obscurities all night. Northern Soul is a music and dance movement that emerged in Northern England, the English Midlands, Scotland and Wales in the late 1960s independent from the British mod scene. Northern Soul mainly consists of a particular style based on the heavy beat and fast tempo of Black American Soul music and the mid-1960s Tamla Motown sound. The Northern Soul movement, however, generally eschews Motown or Motown-influenced music that has had significant mainstream commercial success. The recordings most prized by enthusiasts of the genre are usually by lesser-known artists, released only in limited numbers, often by small regional American labels such as Detroit’s own Ric-Tic and Golden World Records.

Mr. Fine Wine grew up in Detroit in the 1960s and ’70s, surrounded by music and by music-industry people. His schoolmates included the offspring of Motown stars like Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin; his uncle (believe it or not!) taught John Lee Hooker how to play guitar chords and owned a local jazz and soul record label. An avid collector of soul 45s for the past 30 years, Fine Wine took up DJ’ing soon after he relocated to New York City in the late ‘80s. His radio show, “Downtown Soulville” (, has been converting casual listeners around the globe into soul freaks since 1994. TimeOut London magazine called it one of the best independent music podcasts in the world, and the Village Voice named it New York’s best radio show in 2011. In addition to presiding over many local dance parties through the years (including the Empire State Soul Club, Bumpshop, Horse River Social, and Thee Knights of the Round Tables), he has held down a weekly residency at Manhattan dive bar Botanica since 1996—perhaps the longest-running weekly soul-45 listening party anywhere, and one that has attracted visiting luminaries such as Keb Darge, Yo La Tengo, Cut Chemist, the Dap Kings, and the Dirtbombs.
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By: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD

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