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Soulful house at The Black Lantern in Huntington

The bar scene is a frenzy of motion

The bar scene is a frenzy of motion and light at the Black Lantern in Huntington. (Nov. 20, 2010) Credit: David Pokress

When it comes to going out at night, there are many styles of music readily available. Anything from hip-hop to country to rock to dance can be found – whether it be via a jukebox, live band or a DJ. However, there are niches within the bigger genres that don’t always get much play in either Nassau or Suffolk County. Often, while these smaller types of tunes are given little attention on Long Island, they are played and celebrated frequently in New York City.

However, come Thursday, Oct. 6, one of the city’s best at his certain style will be spinning live at The Black Lantern Ultra Lounge & Sushi Den in Huntington – bringing his signature sound to our neck of the woods.

His name is Ruben Toro – also known as “The Latin Bull,” he has a weekly show on late Saturday nights/ early Sunday mornings on 98.7 WRKS “Kiss” FM called “KISS Club Classics.” The program features lots of disco and dance some may remember from the '70s, '80s and '90s – although his playlist tends to skew toward “deeper” (less often heard) cuts from those eras. And on top of those jams, he will play a great deal of what is called “soulful house” – a style of dance music that begins with much of the funky and simpler beats found in earlier house music (from between 1980-1995), and then adds in touches of jazz, soul and gospel. The result is a form of dance that is generally considered to be uplifting and positive – but still stirring and lots of fun to dance to.

The Island doesn’t see much soulful house on the club scene, but it absolutely has a devoted following – mostly among dancers and serious dance music fans first. Ordinarily splitting his time between his radio show and his own traveling party (the “Temple” party, currently held in Brooklyn), he’ll be joining selector Rob James for this affair, the grand opening of the weekly “Movement” party at the Lantern. James will appear on every Thursday as the resident mixer, and will continue to spin this sort of music – along with a rotating roster of similarly-minded special guest DJs. Cover charge is $5 for a 21-plus crowd, dress to impress.


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