The Apollo Announces Winter/Spring 2023

Harlem, NY – (January 10, 2023) — As The Apollo gears up for a historic 2023 withthe opening of The Apollo’s Victoria Theater and the renovation of the Historic Theater,the iconic Harlem nonprofit announced additional upcoming concerts, comedy shows,and educational programs for the winter and spring of 2023. This spring The Apollocelebrates 50 years of Hip Hop with a concert by legends Ma$e, Cam'ron, andJadakiss and premieres The Blues and Its People, a newly commissioned workcomposed by jazz trumpeter Russell Gunn and performed with special guests andGunn’s Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra in celebration of the 60th anniversary of AmiriBaraka’s seminal novel, Blues People: Negro Music in White America. Thelegendary Amateur Night at the Apollo returns and Apollo Young Producerscurates a conversation on today’s complicated social issues with young communityactivists. From conversations with prominent artists and creatives to annual audiencefavorites, this season’s programming continues to center and amplify Black artists andvoices from the African diaspora. Additional Winter and Spring programming will beannounced in the coming weeks.

“We continue into The Next Movement as we engage with emerging and establishedartists to help us explore our past and present and imagine our futures through the arts.As we begin a milestone year for the organization, The Apollo continues its role as aproducer, commissioner, partner and collaborator with artists and other culturalorganizations, incubating, creating, and presenting work that centers Black voices fromthe African Diaspora," said The Apollo’s Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes.

The Apollo also continues its robust education programs that extend its commitment toacting as a catalyst for opportunity for the more than 20,000 students, teachers, andaudiences it engages annually. The programs use The Apollo’s storied history as acultural, civic, and community resource and its influence on Black culture to buildknowledge and highlight the impact The Apollo has had on arts and culture worldwide,and also supports future generations of arts and entertainment practitioners both insideand out of the classroom. With programs and workshops offered in person andremotely, The Apollo provides several routes for students and educators to connect theperforming arts to academic subject areas, incorporating National Core Arts Standards.The Apollo also offers a myriad of internship and apprenticeship opportunities for thenext generation to learn about performing arts careers behind the scenes. To learnmore, visit


All times below are listed in EST.

Apollo Uptown Hall - MLK: Blueprint for the Culture

Sunday, January 15, 2023

The Apollo’s Historic Theater and The Apollo Digital Stage | 3:00 PM

Free with RSVP

The 17th annual Apollo Uptown Hall MLK celebration focuses on Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movementof the 60's as the template for modern social and civil justice movements. This year, The Apollo andWNYC celebrate young people impacting society through activism, engagement, and a commitment tojustice. WNYC’s Notes from America host, Kai Wright moderates the first hour of this year’scelebration. Music, dance and other forms of creative expression round out the afternoon. The event willalso livestream on the Apollo Digital Stage, and The Apollo’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Apollo Young Producers presents MLK: Young Changemakers

Sunday, January 15, 2023

The Apollo Digital Stage: Digital Stage, Facebook, YouTube | 5:00 PM

Free with RSVP

This inspiring panel discussion highlights emerging activists and community leaders as they tackle gunviolence, reproductive rights, and the need for holistic community care. Curated by the Apollo YoungProducers. A collective of Apollo Theater Academy alumni, the Apollo Young Producers conceive andproduce events to connect young artists to The Apollo. The event will stream on the Apollo Digital Stageand The Apollo’s Facebook and Youtube pages.

The Apollo Presents Ma$e, Cam'ron and Jadakiss

Saturday, January 28, 2023

The Apollo Historic Theater | 8:00 PM

Tickets start at $55

New York legends and multi-platinum selling artists Ma$e, Cam’ron and Jadakiss heat up The Apollo’siconic stage in this explosive one-night-only concert featuring classic hits such as “Time’s Up”, “Oh Boy”,“What You Want” and their new single, “G.L.H. (Gorilla, Lion, Hyena)”!

Apollo Comedy Club

The Apollo’s Soundstage | 10:00 PM

Tickets: $26.50 (plus $10 food/beverage minimum)

The Apollo Comedy Club celebrates the Theater’s rich comedic roots. Presented in partnership with thelegendary Bob Sumner (producer of Def Comedy Jam, creator of Laff Mobb on Aspire), The ApolloComedy Club features the best up and coming talent in comedy today.

Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 10:00 PM.

Hosted by Geneva Joy

Featuring Jerrel Beamon, Nema Katt and Ricco Da Great

Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 10:00 PM

Hosted by Darryl Damn

Featuring Sal Holmes, Maria Sanchez and Nema Williams

Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 10:00 PM

Part of the Africa Now! Festival

Hosted by Alfred Kainga

Featuring Trixx, QBOY and Karmen Naidoo

Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 10:00 PM

Hosted by Baldhead Phillips

Featuring Big Eli, Cherryann Trinidad and Insane Wayne

Apollo Music Café

The Apollo’s Soundstage | 10:00 PM

Tickets: $28.50 (plus $10 food/beverage minimum)

The Apollo Music Café series features diverse performances across a myriad of genres (R&B, hip hop,country, soul, jazz, pop, funk, and rock) on in the intimate Apollo Soundstage.

Friday, February 3 at 10:00 PM:  

Kenneth Whalum

With his transcending “Prayer” and series of Broken Land albums, Whalum is equal part storyteller and musician who fuses soul, alternative, jazz, Hip Hop, R&B and blues. Whalum has performed alongside some of today’s most renowned artists including D’Angelo, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Maxwell and Beyoncé.

Saturday, February 4 at 10:00 PM:

Britton Smith and the Sting

Tony Award-winner Britton Smith who self-identifies as a Black Gay Mega Pastor, and his band lead their congregation with an electric passion for funk, gospel, soul, and testimony.  

Friday, March 3, 2023 at 10:00 PM:

Chapel Hart

Straight from television’s “America’s Got Talent,” Chapel Hart comes to Harlem for a rare night of country music at the Apollo Music Café. Brimming with hospitality and sweet southern charm, the Mississippi trio is set to perform songs from their album The Girls Are Back In Town.

Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 10:00 PM:

Yasser Tejeda

Guitarist, vocalist, composer and producer Yasser Tejeda gives traditional folkloric music a new spin with jazz, rock and Caribbean rhythms in "a frenzied celebration of ancestral union" (Billboard, 2019).

Friday, April 14, 2023 at 10:00 PM:

Preye Odede

The Africa Now! edition of Apollo Music Café features Nigerian Afrosoul singer and songwriter Preyé who creates a sensual night of music set to warm Afrobeats and harmonious, velvety smooth vocals.  

Friday, May 5, 2023 at 10:00 PM:

The Soapbox Presents: Stoop Sessions

Popular Harlem music curators The Soapbox bring the party inside and on The Apollo stage for an evening  of old school and contemporary R&B, complete with a full house band, red cups, a stoop full of singers, and a checkerboard dance floor.

Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 10:00 PM:

Gene Noble

R & B Singer Gene Noble will make a rare New York appearance at The Apollo, performing songs such as“Matching Tattoos”, “Beautiful and Broken”, “Lost One” and more

School Day Live

The Apollo presents School Day Live, an educational program that brings the “Apollo Experience” to anew generation of theatergoers while providing an excellent opportunity to learn about the arts, history,and culture. Most programs suitable for students grade k-12.

School Day Live: The Rhythm & Blues Revue with The Michael-David Band

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Apollo’s Historic Theater | 11:30 AM

Tickets: $5 per person

This School Day Live performance featuring The Michael-David Band showcases the great songs of Rhythmand Blues through a special Valentine’s Day theme: "The Things We Love". Join The Michael-David Band toexplore the ways in which R&B music has reflected all kinds of love-- love of family, friends, community,romantic love, and self-care. Most appropriate for students grades 3-12.

School Day Live: String Stories: The Roots and Fruits of the Blues

Friday, March 10, 2023

Apollo’s Historic Theater |11:30 AM

Tickets: $5 per person

The performance highlights the history of the blues and the evolution of its accompanied instruments suchas the guitar and banjo from the West African griot tradition, to the African American acapella spiritualtradition to work songs. Students will also learn about the origins of the blues, how its sound variesregionally, the relationship of the blues to the culture and history of Black people in America, and how thegenre has evolved to shape and influence other music styles such as jazz, rhythm & blues and rock & roll.Musicians highlighted in this performance include Sister Rosetta Tharp, Elizabeth Cotten, Odetta,and Memphis Minnie. This is a multi-media presentation that features still and moving images. TheGroove Diplomacy Future Music Orchestra, under the direction of drummer LaFrae Sci, iscomprised of vocalists and instrumentalists. Most appropriate for students grades 3-12.

School Day Live: Jazz

Reach: Stolen Moments: The First 100 Years of Jazz

Friday, May 19, 2023Apollo’s Historic Theater | 11:30 AM

Tickets: $5 per person

This edition of Apollo School Day Live welcomes JazzReach to the Apollo to present Stolen Moments: TheFirst 100 Years of Jazz. Together in the Apollo’s Historic theater, students and educators will explore theevolution and rich history of jazz and some of the musicians who have made it one of the world’s mostenduring art forms. This performance is most appropriate for grades 6 – 12.

The Blues and Its People

World Premiere /Apollo Commission

Saturday, February 18, 2023The Apollo’s Historic Theater | 8:00 PM

Tickets start at $46

The Apollo premieres The Blues and Its People, a new work by jazz composer and musician Russell Gunninspired by and commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the book Blues People: Negro Music in WhiteAmerica written by Amiri Baraka. In response to select readings from Baraka's perennial text, Gunn, his27-piece Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra and special guests traverse through field hollers, gospel, the blues,jazz and more through seven new music works. At once paying homage to the expanse of Black music,past, present and future, the evening highlights the basic premise of Amiri Baraka's work. Special guestsinclude Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, Grammy award-winning vibraphonist StefonHarris, trombonist Craig Harris, saxophonist Oliver Lake, West African Djembe drummer WeedieBraimah, Piano Prince of New Orleans Davell Crawford, poet jessica Care moore, and vocalists MilesGriffith and Leon Timbo.

Amateur Night Season Opener

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 7:30 PM

Continues every Wednesday evening through the Grand Finale in November 2023

The Apollo’s Historic Theater

Tickets start at $29

Amateur Night at the Apollo is one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences,attracting performers and audiences the world over. The weekly series Amateur Night at the Apollocontinues to bring into the spotlight the top singers, dancers, comedians, and more from across the nationevery Wednesday. Known for its notoriously tough “Be Good or Be Gone!” audience who “cheer” or “boo”each contestant, attendees are crucial in determining which participants will go on to compete for thechance to win this year’s champion title and grand prize of $20,000. Since its inception in 1934, AmateurNight has played a major role in the cultivation of artists who have gone on to influence genres across themusical spectrum, win numerous Grammy Awards, and perform to sold-out crowds, from Ella Fitzgeraldto Lauryn Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, Jazmine Sullivan, and H.E.R. Digital auditions are ongoing, in personauditions take place at the Apollo on March 25, 2023 and September 9, 2023.

ImageNation’s Cocktails and Sol Cinema

The Apollo continues its collaboration with ImageNation in the co-presentation of the Cocktails & SolCinema Series, a social gathering that includes the screening of Pan-African films, a live DJ, cocktails, anda post-show conversation with the filmmakers.

Film: Asinamali

Directed by Mbongeni Ngema, 2017, 105 min., South Africa

Thursday, February 23

Cocktail Reception, 6:00 PM

Film Screening, 7:00 PM

The Apollo’s Soundstage

Tickets start at $26.50

Adapted from Mbongeni Ngema's Broadway production of "Asinamali", this story takes place in a prison,where a group of inmates are asked to create and perform a stage play for the governor and his associates.Seven inmates, crammed together in a small cell, use their free time at night, after a hard day's work,creating the stage play as a way of escaping the reality of where they are. The title is Zulu for “we have nomoney.”

Film: Tonton Manu

Directed by Patrick Puzenat, Thierry Dechilly, 2021, 90 min., France

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Cocktail Reception, 4 PM

Film Screening, 5:00 PM

The Apollo’s Soundstage

Tickets: $26.50

Manu Dibango is eighty years old. Smiling like a kid, he blows out his birthday cake candles, followed byapplause. An hour and a half later, he is eighty-five years old. Between these two milestone birthdays, thefilm directors followed in the day-to-day footsteps of this smiling, debonair giant; for whom the expression,“quiet strength” seems to have been coined. Composer, musician, journalist, and ambassador of theFrancophone world, honored and distinguished around the world; Manu Dibango has remained himselfwherever he may find himself.

Apollo Theater Salon Series

The Apollo Theater Salon Series, a part of the Apollo New Works initiative, provides development supportfor contemporary new work across artistic disciplines. The series expands on the Apollo’s tradition ofnurturing artists and projects by providing a one-week residency.

Salt City

By jessica Care mooreand Aku Kadogo

Saturday, April 8, 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

The Apollo’s Soundstage

Tickets: $20

Salt City, acollaborative artistic effort between acclaimed poet and writer jessica Caremoore and award-winning director and choreographer Aku Kadogo, along with a myriadof Detroit techno music legends is centered around Detroit in year 3071 and tells the story of a brown girl named “SALT” who timetravels to the future and can’t find her tribe. The script is written in the poetic form of atechno choreopoem. SaltCity is a work in progress and is developed with support by SpelmanCollege, The Wright Museum of African American History, Knight Foundation and Joyce Foundation.

Dream, Girl

By Lisa Rosetta Strum

Saturday, April 29, 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM  

The Apollo’s Soundstage  

Tickets: $20

They say the neonlights shine bright on Broadway, but not as blinding as the ambitions of Shirley Clementine Walker. An ambitious performer willing to do anything tobecome a STAR, must lose everything to find her way back, and dare to dream again. Presented inpartnership  with New Black Fest.

Africa Now! Festival

April 13-15, 2023

The Apollo’s Soundstage & Historic Theater

Celebrate the rich and unparalleled influence of the African Diaspora on the global community in aweekend-long festival like no other. For its ninth season, Apollo’s Africa Now! Festival spotlights culturalinnovators and global thinkers from the continent in a celebration of contemporary musicians,comedians, filmmakers, and cultural innovators on the world-famous Apollo stage. Tap in and check outthis year’s lineup of artists who are revolutionizing and driving trends across all facets of culture.The Africa Now! Festival is a continuation of the Apollo’s 2022-2023 season, The Next Movement, anexploration of what’s new, now and next in music, dance, art and ideas.

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Apollo Comedy Club Hosted by Alfred Kainga

Featuring Trixx, QBOY and Karmen Naidoo

The Apollo’s Soundstage | 10:00 PM

Tickets: $26.50 (plus $10 food/beverage minimum)

The Apollo Comedy Club celebrates the Theater’s rich comedic roots. Presented in partnership with thelegendary Bob Sumner (producer of Def Comedy Jam, creator of Laff Mobb on Aspire), the Apollo ComedyClub features the best up and coming talent in comedy today. The comedy shows precedes the Theater’sweekend music series, Apollo Music Café, extending the Theater’s late-night offerings.o Friday, April 14, 2023Apollo Music Cafe: Preye OdedeThe Apollo’s Soundstage | 10:00 PMTickets: $28.50 (plus $10 food/beverage minimum)Africa Now! Continues with a special edition of Apollo Music Cafe. Nigerian Afrosoul singer and songwriterPreyé creates a sensual night of music set to warm Afrobeats and harmonious, velvety smooth vocals.

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Panel: At the Crossroads - Art, Politics and Culture in Nigeria

Apollo’s Soundstage | 2:00 PM

Tickets: $15

A panel of artists and scholars, including Nigerian artist Seun Kuti and journalist Ivie Ani discuss thecontemporary convergence of art, politics, and culture in Nigeria and how it is reverberating on the globalstage. More Panelists to be announced. Curated by Sinat Giwa.

Saturday, April 15, 2023

ImageNation’s Cocktails & Sol Cinema: Tonton Manu

The Apollo’s Soundstage | 5:00 PM

Tickets: $26.50

Manu Dibango is eighty years old. Smiling like a kid, he blows out his birthday cake candles, followed byapplause. An hour and a half later, he is eighty-five years old. Between these two milestone birthdays, thefilm directors followed in the day-to-day footsteps of this smiling, debonair giant; for whom the expression,“quiet strength” seems to have been coined. Composer, musician, journalist, and ambassador of theFrancophone world, honored and distinguished around the world; Manu Dibango has remained himselfwherever he may find himself.

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

The Apollo’s Historic Theater | 8:00 PM

Tickets: $28-$70

Seun Kuti is the youngest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. He has spent most of his life preserving andextending his father's political and musical legacy as the leader of his father's former band Egypt 80. Born inearly 1983, Seun showed interest in his father's music from the age of five, and at nine began opening Fela'sshows, singing a select group of songs with Egypt 80 before his dad took the stage. As a developingsaxophonist and percussionist, he entered the formal ranks of the band before he was 12. Fela passed in1997, and Seun, in fulfillment of his father's wishes, assumed the mantle as head of Egypt 80; he has run itever since.


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The Apollo's 2022-2023 season is made possible by leadership support from Coca-Cola, Citi, ShermanFairchild Foundation, Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, the Jerome L. Greene FoundationFund in The New York Community Trust, and The Mellon Foundation.Public support for the Apollo Theater is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New YorkState Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York StateLegislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York City Council.


The legendary Apollo—the soul of American culture—plays a vital role in cultivating emerging artists and launching legends. Since its founding, The Apollo has served as a center of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the world. In 2024, The Apollo opened The Apollo Stages at the Victoria Theater, marking the first ever expansion and renovation of The Apollo in its nearly 90-year history. The Apollo also has plans to renovate its Historic Theater. For more information about The Apollo, visit

With music at its core, The Apollo’s programming extends to dance, theater, spoken word, and more. This includes the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and the New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved; special programs such as the blockbuster concert Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo; 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella; and the annual Africa Now! Festival. The non-profit Apollo is a performing arts presenter, commissioner, and collaborator that also produces festivals, large-scale dance and musical works organized around a set of core initiatives that celebrate and extend The Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens, including the Women of the World (WOW) Festival as well as other multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations.

Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, The Apollo has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres—including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at The Apollo are Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, H.E.R. D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan, Machine Gun Kelly, and Miri Ben Ari; and The Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy. For more information about The Apollo, visit

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The Apollo is an American cultural treasure. It is a vibrant non-profit organization rooted in the Harlem community that engages people from around New York, the nation, and the world. Since 1934, The Apollo has celebrated, created, and presented work that centers Black artists and voices from across the African Diaspora. It has also been a catalyst for social and civic advocacy. Today, The Apollo is the largest performing arts institution committed to Black culture and creativity.

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