Labor Day Concert Celebrates Soul Train

Host Don Cornelius to help celebrate 40th anniversary of show

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    Said to be the longest, continually-running nationally-syndicated dance show, Show Train started in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles. A photo exhibition, running through Oct. 2, showcases the history-making program.

    Expect to feel plenty of love, peace and soul on Labor Day Monday when a summer-long celebration of "Soul Train" culminates with a concert at Millenium Park.

    The concert celebrates the 40th anniversary of the show, which started in Chicago in 1970 before moving to Los Angeles to begin syndication.

    The host and originator of the show, Don Cornelius, will make two rare appearances over the weekend. On Sunday, he will participate in a Q&A following the screening of "Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America" at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

    And Cornelius will also be a special guest at Monday's event, which kicks off with a pre-concert dance party at Cloud Gate on Millenium Park's Chase Promenade from 4-5:30 p.m., and the concert at 6:30 p.m. with performances by classic soul artists like such as Jerry "The Iceman" Butler, The Impressions and the Chi-Lites.

    The Soul Train Photo Exhibition, which includes more than 55 rare photographs from the show's stage, has been extended through Oct. 2.

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