Chic-a-go-go Soul Train dance party at Expo 72

Valor award winner and fabulous dancer at Soul Train party in Chicago. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Last Friday I was fortunate to have an assignment shooting video for a Chic-a-go-go hosted Soul Train party . I can’t tell you how happy it made me to see a roomful of people dancing in 1970s style without the slightest trace of irony. Everyone was having so much fun. Thanks to impresario Jake Austen, host Mia Park, the beautiful, inspring dancers, DJ Bob Abrahamian, and the great City of Chicago.

The woman in this picture was blowing everyone away, dancing with abandon in her motorized wheelchair. I pity the fool that challenges her in a Valor Game.

Be sure to check out the superb exhibit of photos taken on the Soul Train set during its heyday.

Mia, Ratso, and Ponytail at Pitchfork Music Festival 2009

Miss Mia, Ratso, and the band Ponytail at Pitchfork Music Festival 2010. Photo by Jim Newberry.
Pitchfork Music Festival begins today, and I’ll be shooting video again with my friends Miss Mia and Ratso, hosts of the incredible public access television kids dance show, Chic-a-go-go. When I say incredible I’m not resorting to hyperbole; take a look at this list of past musical guests. I shot the picture above at the ’09 festival, right before (I’ve gotta be honest with you, it may have been after) Mia and Ratso interviewed art rock Baltimoreans Ponytail (that’s Ratso with the corrugated feet; Mia to his right, and the other three are Ponytail).

And for you counter-cultural types, you can get your weird-on at the anti-Pitchfork festival, Bitchpork.