The Brooklyn Soul Festival's Eli "Paperboy" Reed

Last year's inaugural Brooklyn Soul Festival was the closest New York's had to a U.K.-style soul weekender in...well, forever, really.

Last year's inaugural Brooklyn Soul Festival was the closest New York's had to a U.K.-style soul weekender in...well, forever, really. And it was a huge success, pulling in more than 1,000 real-deal fans of soul, blues and R&B to hear such fabled performers as Barbara Lynn, RoscoeRobinson, Hermon Hitson, Otis Clay and Maxine Brown. The festival is back at the Bell House on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 for its second edition—and once more the lineup is amazing, with Lynn (again), Betty Harris, Harvey Scales, Renaldo Domino, Vernon Garrett and Don Gardner all performing, and a bevy of international and local soul spinners whipping our their precious seven-inchers. The talented Eli "Paperboy" Reed is one of the relative newbies taking the stage; he's also one of the fest's organizers, and he's thoughtfully put together this rockin' mix of tracks from the festival's artists as a teaser for the big weekend itself.

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