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click to enlarge Missing Link Soul Night - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN
  • Photo by Bob Doran
  • Missing Link Soul Night
 

There are certain things you can count on in Humboldt County: The fog will roll in, Safeway never has enough registers open, Betty will be tending bar at Everett's, there will be a Craigslist missed connection about a Wildberries employee, Tad will be clad in nurse's scrubs and protesting something, and Missing Link Soul Night at Humboldt Brews will be soul'd out.

Every month for almost a year now, the fellas from Missing Link Records -- Matt Jackson and Adam Pokorski -- have been pulling out the funkiest records from their personal crates and spinning them for hundreds of people who dance on a floor slick from spilled beer and the sweat dripping off bodies.

The first two aside, every Soul Night dance party has been sold out, with tickets sometimes gone a full week before the shindig. It's not quite as rare as Wonka's golden ticket, but no doubt about it, Soul Night can be a tough ticket to get. Those who wait till the last second send out a slew of SOS text messages hoping friends have extras.

The Missing Link guys were kind enough to offer a mini playlist for those of you who have yet to attend one of these soul-stirring dance parties. Here are some of the crowd favorites, the best of Soul Night, you could say. Hit it!

Robert Parker -- "The Scratch"

Betty Harris -- "Mo Jo Hannah"

Edwin Starr -- "Agent Double-O-Soul"

Aretha Franklin -- "Rock Steady"

Cumbias En Moog -- "Cumbia De Sal"

Shirley Ellis -- "The Clapping Song"

Rufus Thomas -- "The Funky Bird"

Bill Withers -- "Kissing My Love"

Nathaniel Mayer -- "I Want Love and Affection"

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