Injured DJ needs your support

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Friends of a Williamsburg disc jockey who was seriously injured in a bizarre accident inside an Oregon motel room last week are rallying to help pay his medical bills.

Soul music DJ Jonathan Toubin, 40, was relaxing in a ground-floor Portland hotel room on Dec. 7 when a car plowed through wall, pinning him on his bed.

He remains in critical condition at a Portland hospital.

One of the city’s premiere DJs, Toubin is widely credited for reviving the city’s soul scene three years ago and has spun records at the Brooklyn Museum, and even one of Mayor Bloomberg’s parties.

“He made dancing in New York popular again,” said his friend and booking agent Michelle Cable. “He’s turned certain clubs around and made those places hip. On some nights, 700 people would come through a club with only 100 capacity during a party from 10 pm to 4 am.”

Toubin was a hot DJ at Williamsburg venues such as Zebulon, The Commodore, Daddy’s, and Glasslands, where his signature party, “Soul Clap Dance Off,” is one of the Kent Avenue venue’s most raucous events.

But now the turntables have turned, and Toubin’s friends are mobilizing to give back to the DJ who gave them so much.

On Friday, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Heavy Trash, Tunde Adebimpe, Ryan Sawyer, and Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers headlined a fundraiser at Brooklyn Bowl to underwrite Toubin’s medical bills.

And Glasslands turned its canceled Dance Off on Saturday into a benefit show in Toubin’s honor.

It’s no wonder that friends are answering the call, said Cable.

“Jon is one of the most charming, sincere, charismatic people,” she said. “He has 4,000 friends on Facebook and they really are his friends. He’s one of these people who has lived a full, diverse life.”

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Updated 5:28 pm, July 9, 2018
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mike from GP says:
Great that people are helping this guy out!

But this incident is neither "bizarre" nor an "accident". Drivers do awful and negligent things like this all the time, often without repercussions.
Dec. 19, 2011, 7:46 am
ty from pps says:
Mike -- If this happened in Williamsburg, the NYPD would immediately have stated "No Criminality" and wouldn't have even issued a reckless driving or even a speeding ticket to the driver. I always wonder if the police chat with the driver and console them about how stressful these incidents must be for them... all those pedestrians and buildings getting in their way.
Dec. 19, 2011, 9:59 am
Monday says:
The reporters and stories in this paper are delusional:

"Toubin is widely credited for reviving the city’s soul scene three years ago and has spun records at the Brooklyn Museum, and even one of Mayor Bloomberg’s parties"

Um, Soul never left Brooklyn. People moved in who like soul music. They think they've discovered a lost continent. lmao.

Get well dude.
Dec. 19, 2011, 10:42 am
gimme from around says:
can he still spin it from his bed? cwazy hospital party yo, whut whut
Dec. 19, 2011, 5:21 pm
bbb from S.Williamsburg says:
@ Mike: It was a cabbie who suffered a diabetic attack from what I understand. Sometimes it IS a freak accident!
Dec. 20, 2011, 9:15 am
Bill from Prospect Heights says:
Yeah... I'm sure the Cabbie had insurance and a smart person would have medical insurance too. So, if people want to get money together for his deductible that's very generous. It sucks, but that's why we get insurance. Not to mention he'll most likely sue the cabbie and the cab company he works for, add the motel to that list too. Between the three he should come out will all of his bills paid.

Hang in there Soul Man!
Dec. 20, 2011, 10:58 am

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