Make Music Winter, Thursday, Dec. 21

Solstice Soul Train| FogoAzul NYC, The Marching Cobras and much more

Put some soul into your holiday season by hoping on board the Solstice Soul Train and get ready to party! The “trains” are two bands that will march along the sidewalks of 125th Street between Fifth Avenue and Lexington Avenue: the all-female Brazilian drum line FogoAzul NYC and The Marching Cobras. The trains will make stops at cultural hot spots and shops throughout historic East Harlem, each hosting additional live music performances from 5-7 PM, including:

The parade culminates under the Metro North train tracks at the Uptown Grand community plaza with an official lighting ceremony at 6:30 PM and a soul-themed holiday dance jam led by remix king DJ Ted Smooth.

Bring your kids to the Subway Center to take pics with Santa, and to enjoy family activities organized by: Creative Art WorksChef Toni’s Cooking Adventures, the MTA, and Citi Bike.

And bring some spending money to support the holiday market vendors hosted by the Caribbean Cultural Center:
  • Earth Creations (wooden arts, clothes, bags, jewelry) by Nanette
  • Sorrell juice and cake by Vilma
  • Fineline art water works by Lynn
  • Phunkshirts  (burlap bags, tshirts, art) by Jose Serrano
  • Hand crafted jewelry by Awilda
  • BKlYN Coquito by Johnny
  • Omo Sade Skincare (Skincare) by Sade
  • Carnival Prince children book sale and storytelling by Daniel O’Brien
  • Callaloo and storytelling by Marjuan

This program is produced in association with Uptown Grand Central.

The “trains” run from 5:30 PM through 7:00 PM, starting at 125th Street from both Fifth Avenue and Lexington Avenue with multiple stops, music and activities all along the street. The parade culminates at the Uptown Grand Central community plaza underneath the Metro-North train tracks at 125th Street and Park Avenue.

Bring a percussion instrument to play along or just come out to 125th Street in East Harlem to hop aboard the train!


Get Loud and Proud with Fogo Azul NYC Bateria Feminina! For years women danced and the men drummed. FogoAzul NYC breaks this stereotype and strives to make drumming accessible to all women. They believe music and rhythm is in every human—if you give them the means, they will find their inner rhythm. Join FogoAzul for a high-octane performance of Samba Reggae and other world beats! Follow @fogoazulny.

Los Pleneros de la 21 is dedicated to fostering awareness, appreciation and understanding of the richness and vitality of Puerto Rican artistic traditions of African descent and Creole, as well as to promote their further development. Our overall goals are: 1) to present accessible public traditional music programming, 2) to expose inner city youth and others to the cultural heritage of Puerto Rico and encourage their active participation in these traditions, and 3) to perform a repertoire of works embedded in the rich tradition of Puerto Rican folk music to audiences everywhere.

The mission of Cobra Performing Arts is to enrich lives of youth by providing opportunities for artistic expression and leadership development through music, marching band, step, dance, and much more. Culturing teens through music and the performing arts which is a language that crosses generations as well as social, economic, and racial barriers. Our staff takes pride in developing the lives of our members by helping them become responsible and respected members of society.

National Black Theater, CCCADI, Pathmark, The Brownstone, Serengeti Kitchen, Second Avenue Subway Center and many more.


The Uptown Grand Central initiative is a collaboration of merchants and neighbors along the east side of 125th Street who work together to enrich the area through collaboration, research, and creative community projects.

Since 2013, we have worked with business owners, property owners, residents, workers and community members to collaborate and improve the area for those who live and work in the diverse and vibrant community that surrounds East 125th Street in East Harlem. We have been widely recognized for our programs that have picked up garbage, beautified the streets, brought healthy food and exercise to the neighborhood, and provided employment to homeless people.

Illustration by Kyle Lambert of Callout Creative