Last month, we reported the sad news that much-loved DJ Jonathan Toubin, known for his New York Night Train soul-music dance parties, was critically injured in a horrific freak accident in Portland, Oregon. Since then, dozens of shows in New York and a tour across the country have been launched to raise funds for Toubin, who remains hospitalized in Portland. Tomorrow night, the nationwide tour is coming to the Music Hall of Williamsburg, and it looks to be a doozy.
Chain And The Gang, 5 Dollar Priest, Eleanor Friedberger, Nicole Atkins, Dorit Chrysler and theremin, Shilpa Ray, An American Dream and TWO TEARS are headlining the gig tomorrow, which costs $25 at the door. “It’s not like I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like him,” Jason Ward, a friend of Toubin's, told the Times. “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love him.” And, as Gothamist can attest, indeed, Toubin's 45 r.p.m. record-fueled, rock-and-soul heavy dance parties were some of the best, sweatiest nights we've had in this city.
Toubin has been dubbed "Miracle Guy" by hospital staff, who say his walking-heavy lifestyle in New York helped his chances of surviving. Toubin reportedly told doctors while he was in the emergency room, "I've got to have my records," which family members retrieved and brought to the hospital.