Join us this season for an all virtual line up of concerts, film screenings, dance and theatrical performances and more.
This season, all programming will stream free of charge on the Apollo Digital Stage. As a non-profit organization, we depend on the generous funding from donors, foundations, and the community at-large. Please consider donating to the Apollo Theater in support of these free virtual programs.
All events are free with RSVP. Sign up for the Apollo A-List for event reminders.
Wyclef Jean Live at the Apollo, in partnership with ADCOLOR
Wednesday, September 9 at 8pm ET
The Apollo Theater’s fall 2020 season opens with a special virtual concert featuring Grammy Award- winning artist Wyclef Jean. The iconic theater has teamed up with ADCOLOR, the premier organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting diverse professionals in the creative industries, for this historic performance that will bring the legendary Apollo experience to audiences everywhere. The concert will be streamed live from the Apollo stage and mark Wyclef’s first-ever, complete performance of his Grammy-nominated, Double Platinum album, The Carnival. The virtual concert, free of charge, will serve as the Apollo’s season opener as well as ADCOLOR’s annual After Dark concert.
Fall 2020 Line Up
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In Conversation: John Legend & Salamishah Tillet
Wednesday, September 23 at 7pm ET
Recording artist, composer, activist, and philanthropist John Legend joins scholar, writer, and activist Salamishah Tillet to explore the duty of the artist at this critical moment in American history, along with the roots of Legends activism.
Apollo Education: “Dear Justyce” Featuring Author Nic Stone in Conversation with Angie Thomas
Tuesday, September 29 at 6:30pm ET
Recommended age group: High school & up
In this highly anticipated sequel to her New York Times bestseller Dear Martin, author Nic Stone delivers an unflinching look into the flawed practices and silenced voices in the American juvenile justice system, focusing on an incarcerated teen, Quan, who writes letters to Justyce about his experiences in the American juvenile justice system. Stone will read excerpts from her book and discuss her writing with author Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give) on the same day as the book’s release.
Apollo Music Café: STOUT
Saturday, October 3 at 9:00pm ET
An artist whose name evokes strength and power, Stout commands a stage with shape-shifting vocals that can turn a whisper into a roar. Whether performing solo or with a band, Stout masters her own electrifying language of sound, music and technology. Stout has performed for audiences around the world and shared stages with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Missy Elliot, Gwen Stefani, Usher, Lenny Kravitz, John Mayer, and more.
Career Panel: Footprint – Design and Creativity in Sneaker Culture
Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00pm ET
Presented collaboratively by business collective’s Harlem 2020 and GoodThin.gs and the Apollo Theater Education Program, Footprint – Design and Creativity in Sneaker Culture will celebrate the cultural, societal, and aesthetic impact of the sneaker through interactive storytelling, live digital demonstrations, and conversations with leaders from the creative and business industries.
Apollo Music Café: J. Hoard
Saturday, November 7 at 9:00pm ET
If anyone were to lead a music revolution, it would be the New York-based singer and songwriter known as J Hoard. He is the former vocalist of the legendary curated hip-hop jam The Lesson in the Lower East Side and has become a staple in the urban and traditional music scenes. Praised by Downbeat magazine, J. Hoard’s compositions easily shift in genre and communicate his love of the Black Church and allure of the Great White Way. His songwriting and performance credits include Chance the Rapper, hip-hop royalty Jean Grae & Quelle Chris and a host of jazz/experimental artists such as Sonnymoon, Javier Santiago and Meshell Ndegeocello.
Apollo Film Presents: ImageNation’s Cocktails & Sol Cinema
Thursday, November 19 at 7:00pm ET
ImageNation, an innovative Harlem-based company, partners with the Apollo to present quarterly socials featuring premier and advance screenings of Pan-African films, preceded by a reception with a live DJ/performance, followed by a talkback. The series will feature soul cinema—smart films, primarily directed by people of color, that explore the history, examine social issues, and highlight the humanity of Pan-African people in the genres of drama, science fiction, animation, comedy, documentary, experimental, and emerging media. Film to be announced at a later date.
Apollo Music Café: Madison McFerrin
Saturday, December 5 at 9:00pm ET
A chameleon of song and voice, Madison McFerrin has found her place as a storyteller and musician. With handclaps, loops and finger-snaps, she weaves a warm, rich, colorful fabric of sound that often culminates into an orchestra of one. Questlove dubbed Madison’s style as “soul-apella.” The New York Times remarked that she “shows wonderful vocal dexterity, deftly swerving from sharp, clearly enunciated staccato bursts to fluttery, free-form melismata.” Beyond the stage, Madison’s one-of-a-kind vocals can be heard in episodes of Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and HBO’s “Random Acts of Flyness.”
Sunday, December 27 at 7:00pm ET
Featuring Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
Hosted by Imhotep Gary Byrd
The Apollo Theater celebrates its annual Kwanzaa Celebration featuring the renowned New York-based dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and guest performances. Since 2006, the Apollo has presented this annual show to honor this holiday tradition on one of the days of the Kwanzaa holiday. The Apollo’s celebration is a joyful evening of dance and music honoring the principles of Kwanzaa—family, community, and culture.
Live Wire: Aretha!
December 15 at 6:30pm ET
Live Wire takes a deep dive into the artistry of Aretha Franklin with a conversation featuring leading culture writers and scholars. The discussion will provide an opportunity to learn more about the still understudied subject of Franklin's musicianship.
Uptown Hall: Apollo and WNYC present the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program
Monday, January 18
The Apollo once again collaborates with WNYC on the annual Martin Luther King Jr. program. Through a lively mix of one-on-one interviews and panels featuring notable guests, commemorating the legacy of Dr. King. Additional details to be announced.