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Apollo Spring Gala Benefit Concert
June 13, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
APOLLO SPRING GALA BENEFIT CONCERT
Apollo Spring Gala Benefit Concert
The Apollo Theater's Spring Gala is one of the year's most star-studded and spectacular nights as NYC comes together to celebrate the iconic organization with a special Benefit Concert. This year's concert will feature performances by Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Les Twins, The O'Jays & more.
Concert Hosted by LL COOL J
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*Concert tickets do not include the After Party. Limit 4 tickets per customer. No refunds or exchanges.
The river of soul music flows on deep and strong, and 26-year-old Leon Bridges is immersed in its life-giving current. The Forth Worth, Texas native and Columbia Records artist released his debut album, ‘Coming Home,’ in June of 2015 to critical and public acclaim. "I'm not saying I can hold a candle to any soul musician from the '50s and '60s," Bridges says, "but I want to carry the torch."
Humility aside, Bridges' light is burning bright. Following the October 2014 release of two tunes that set the on-line world aflame, and accompanied by intimate solo shows from London to Los Angeles and Nashville to New York, the singer and songwriter has proved himself a rare talent who can do smoldering ballads and elemental rock'n'roll with equal aplomb. While he appears to have emerged cut from the cloth and fully formed, Bridges explains in his dulcet voice how he came to be here now.
The early 2015 release of another new song, "Lisa Sawyer," has further burnished Bridges' promise. With its brushed snares and glowing brass, "Lisa Sawyer" is a remarkably assured offering from so young a talent. The song, about Bridges' mother, a woman "with the complexion of a sweet praline," has the flavor of one of Allen Toussaint's productions for the great Lee Dorsey. Connecting the sacred and the secular, "Lisa Sawyer" feels natural considering Bridges' churchgoing childhood. And by writing with specificity about his own family, Bridges is creating resonant work about the African-American experience.
Andra Day uses her songwriting and voice as vessels to freedom and redemption. The lyrics on her debut album Cheers to the Fall highlight the lessons learned through trial and error while rising to the occasion in the wake of those setbacks. For this woman with a throwback voice in a modern era, it’s her truth that may set you free.
The singer/songwriter has been nominated for “Best R&B Performance” (“Rise Up”) and “Best R&B Album” (Cheers to the Fall) at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, as well as “Outstanding New Artist” for the 47th NAACP Image Awards. She also ignited the stage during a duet with Ellie Goulding, pairing “Rise Up” with the latter’s “Love Me Like You Do” for one of the evening’s standout performances.
She describes her 13-song debut as “a biography told in the form of music” with themes centered on truth, fearlessness, vulnerability, forgiveness and love following the heartbreak she caused and subsequently endured. Andra hopes the lessons learned from the aftermath of these decisions will empower others to find strength and redemption in their Truth.
With its universal and uplifting message, her current single and the album’s crown jewel “Rise Up” continues to resonate with listeners from all walks of life. Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine called her “the latest thing” in an interview with WIRED after revealing the song “stopped me in my tracks.” Moved by the empowering anthem, Beats By Dre selected “Rise Up” to appear in a new campaign that aired during the U.S. Open featuring tennis superstar Serena Williams.
Laurent Nicolas Bourgeois and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois aka Les Twins, are recognized internationally for their talents and according to Google they are the Most Searched for Dancers in the World.
They have traveled the globe many times over doing commercial appearances, club shows, workshops, fashion shows, tv appearances, battles and music videos.
Born and raised in Sarcelles, France, the self-taught dance duo became well known in France at the age of 19 as finalists on the popular television show Incroyable Talent. They quickly rose to prominence in the United States after a video of their performance on the San Diego leg of the 2010 World of Dance tour went viral on YouTube.
In 2011 they made an impressive win in the Hip Hop New Style division of the prestigious international street dance competition Juste Debout, beating out over 353 other dancers. They have gone on to win almost every urban dance competition since.
Their television appearances have included The Ellen Degenerous Show, The Billboard Music Awards, The BET Awards, XFactor, Dancing with the Stars, Everybody Dance (Ukraine), Le Grand Journal (France), Dancer’s World “Les Twins Special” (Japan), VH-1: Best Week Ever, The Women’s Concert for Change: Live from London, MTV Music Awards, So You Think You Can Dance Season Finale, The Queen Latifah Show, The Arsenio Hall Show and Marrakech du Rire (Morocco).
The O'Jays are touring history, a connection to an era and a sound that formed the soundtrack for the lives of several generations. The O’Jays are still hitting the road with the same electrifying energy they’ve had for over 50 years.
Walter Williams and Eddie Levert first met when they were the ages of 6 and 7 respectively. As teenagers in Canton, Ohio, they formed a band originally consisting of Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles. In 1963, the band took the name "The O'Jays" in tribute to Cleveland radio disc jockey Eddie O'Jay. Several members have changed, but the core, original lead singers Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, continue to front the group.
In 1972, Gamble & Huff, a team of producers and songwriters with whom the O'Jays had been working for several years, signed the group to their Philadelphia International label. With this magic formula, often called The Sound of Philadelphia, The O’Jays scored the first number 1 and million-seller, “Backstabbers.” Subsequently, they succeeded with various chart-topping pop and R&B singles including “Love Train”, “Put Your Hands Together”, “For The Love of Money”, “I Love Music”, “Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love)”, “Livin’ For The Weekend” and “Use Ta Be My Girl.” This success propelled The O’Jays to be the first black vocal group to perform in arenas throughout America during the 70s and 80s.
Eddie Levert Sr., Walter Williams Sr. and Eric Nolan Grant, who joined the group in 1995, continue to thrill fans today. Throughout their career The O'Jays have achieved 10 Gold albums, 9 Platinum albums and 10 #1 hits. It's been a long journey but thanks to the fans the LOVE TRAIN is still going strong!