Amateur Night at the Apollo, Wednesday February 9.  Brooklyn native Talib Kweli is a leading light in the alternative hip-hop scene.  He made his debut in 1995 with the group Mood.  He later formed the super group “Black Star” with Mos Def.   Together, the duo created the legendary Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star, which is still heralded as one of the greatest albums from the ‘90s.

In 2002, Kweli released his debut album entitled Quality, produced by DJ Quik and Kanye West. It featured the number one single "Get By."   Talib’s latest release is the album, “Gutter Rainbows”.


Experience the contest that started it all! Amateur Night at the Apollo is a big loud party where brave contestants might be cheered, jeered or booed. Every Wednesday at 7:30PM you the audience decide who will be the next Apollo legend by telling the performers to be good or be gone! MORE>>



The Apollo Theater and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents Harlem Nights/ U Street Lights an adventurous three-part program, exploring the deep musical connections between the Harlem and DC jazz scenes. Curated by Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz, Jason Moran. MORE>>


The Apollo's 2014-2015 season is made possible by lead support from Citi, the Coca-Cola Company, Troy and Keisha Dixon, Folonari Wines and Cavicchioli 1928, the Ford Foundation Fund for Global Programs, the Hearst Foundations, Robert K. Kraft, The Parsons Family Foundation, the Ronald O. Perelman Family Foundation, JoAnn Price, Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Earl W. and Amanda Stafford, Time Warner Inc., the Reginald Van Lee New Works Fund, the Apollo Board of Directors and many other generous donors.
Lead annual support is also provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.