A benefit for DJ Jonathan Toubin on Friday at the Monty
For further proof that you never know what life and its crazy whims are going to direct your way, DJ Jonathan Toubin has been in a hospital since a taxi cab plowed into his room at the Juniper Hotel in Portland, Ore., last week.
Brooklyn's rock and soul DJ, who's gone around the country for the last few years with his "Soul Clap and Dance-Off" parties, also known as a chance to boogie to his extensive soul 45s collection, is still in critical condition, according to the latest update from his publicist.
Toubin's home city is planning a wild fete in his honor, with performances from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Heavy Trash (Jon Spencer), Stabbing Eastward (TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe's duo with drummer Ryan Sawyer, a childhood friend of Toubin's), as well as DJ sets from the Butthole Surfer's Gibby Haynes, Norton Records' Billy Miller, actor Leo Fitzpatrick and Brooklyn rockers Bear in Heaven.
In Los Angeles, a more local affair has been put together by VICE and L.A. Record to raise funds for Toubin's medical expenses. Area DJs Carlos Rossi, Chris Z, Howie Pyro, Jesspelita, Jimi Hey, Marion Hodges, Rick Barzell and Short Shorts, many of them with ties to Cha Cha Lounge, the Smell, Part Time Punks and other nightlife institutions, have all banded together to put on a night at the Monty.
Given the love for Toubin in the music community, and his pass through L.A. on Dec. 6 at the Satellite, this is sure to be one of the sweatiest, most packed houses in recent memory, just like Toubin's signature parties.
If you can't make it, the organizers ask that you please donate funds via PayPal and send words of support to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Margaret Wappler
A benefit for Jonathan Toubin at the Monty, 1222 W. 7th St., Los Angeles. 10 p.m. Friday, $5-$10 donation. All proceeds to benefit Toubin's medical expenses.