I am sure the U Street Corridor on up to Adams Morgan will be jam-packed with party goers this New Year’s Eve. For folks looking for a bit less congestion and authentically funky good time that won’t break your pockets, then the “Soul Train” New Year’s Eve 2012 party at Ras Hall is just what you are looking for.

Sister Zurii Conroy tipped me off a few weeks back that she was working something special for New Year’s Eve at Ras Hall. She mentioned specifically she was interested in having a funk music party. A real one, where folks could come and let it all loose on the dance floor like we used to do back in the day—as “One Nation Under a Groove.”

No show in television history promoted funk, soul, and R&B music to the world masses like Don CorneliusSoul Train. It’s the longest-running nationally syndicated show in history, with over 1,000 episodes broadcast between 1971 and 2006. As a kid, I remember waiting for Soul Train to come on Channel 20. Thinking back on it, I think my favorite part of the show were the dancers! The way they would move to the music was incredible. On the dance floor everyone looked GOOD! The fellas were fly and the ladies were smoking hot. Each episode, the Soul Train line was what everyone looked forward to. I don’t think anyone who has ever seen Soul Train can forget the sexy Asian sister with the smoking dance moves who was a staple on the show. In fact, if you wanted to learn how to dance, you would watch Soul Train. Then, once perfected, you would show up with your people at the party and show the funk off.

Sister Zurii wants you to get on that very same Soul Train with her to help ring in the New Year. She wants you to know, “This party is for anyone who’s looking to do something new, different, and festive (& easy on the pockets) for their New Year!” The Soul Train New Year’s Eve 2012 party features D.C.’s own DJ RBI in charge of making you move on the dance floor—spinning a range of styles from different funk eras (classics, hip-hop, soul, reggae, house). There will be catering (Ras’ cuisine is DELICIOUS!), drink specials, and a champagne toast at midnight to ring in 2012 in the spirit of Love, Peace, and Soul!

Soul Train/70’s Attire is recommended!

Soul Train New Years Eve 2012 bash begins 9pm this Saturday at Ras Hall, 4809 Georgia Ave. NW. $15/advance. Click here for more info.