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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the selection of five Honorees who will receive the 47th Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements. Recipients to be honored at the annual national celebration of the arts in Washington, D.C. this December are: acclaimed director and filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola; legendary American rock band the Grateful Dead (Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bobby Weir); blues rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Bonnie Raitt; jazz trumpeter, pianist, and composer Arturo Sandoval; and The Apollo, which will receive a special Honors as an iconic American institution. Done+Dusted are Executive Producers of the 47th annual Kennedy Center Honors, which airs on the CBS Television Network for the 47th year and will stream on Paramount+*

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President StatementS

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Michelle Ebanks
President & CEO, The Apollo

Dear Apollo Family,

As I write this, I am filled with gratitude, excitement, and a deep sense of honor to be a part of this transformative moment with The Apollo.

Six months into my role, I’m consistently moved by our rich history and the steadfast commitment of our incredible team. The collective efforts of my predecessor Jonelle Procope, the Board of Directors, staff, artists, and our beloved audiences have propelled us to new heights, surpassing significant milestones in our capital campaign and setting the stage for our next chapter.

Our mission is clear: to be the epicenter of Black culture, embracing both emerging talents and established legends, supporting artists at every stage of their career. The Apollo Stages at The Victoria, opening this February, will allow us to continue building upon that mission. This is not just a physical expansion, but an expansion of what’s possible—and of the myriad of ways The Apollo might foster artistic expression, inclusivity, and community engagement.

As we conclude this momentous year and prepare to celebrate The Apollo’s 90th anniversary, our commitment extends far beyond the stage. We are dedicated to deepening our roots in the community and expanding our role as a civic and economic cornerstone of Harlem, providing a space for critical conversations, and serving as a cultural leader within New York City and the global community. The enduring spirit and dedication to excellence at The Apollo will propel us into an exhilarating new chapter where culture takes shape.

Your generous, ongoing support enables The Apollo to amplify our impact and adapt to the changing needs of Harlem and the greater cultural community. With your help, we can continue to innovate and expand, providing the experiences that audiences, students, and educators have come to expect. If you are able, please consider supporting The Apollo here or be amongst the first to make The Apollo Stages at The Victoria a part of your legacy with a signature seat here.I look forward to seeing you at The Apollo soon.

Warm regards,
Michelle Ebanks
President & CEO
The Apollo

Dec. 2023
Kamilah Forbes
Executive Producer, The Apollo

Dear Apollo Family,

As I write this, I am filled with gratitude, excitement, and a deep sense of honor to be a part of this transformative moment with The Apollo.

Six months into my role, I’m consistently moved by our rich history and the steadfast commitment of our incredible team. The collective efforts of my predecessor Jonelle Procope, the Board of Directors, staff, artists, and our beloved audiences have propelled us to new heights, surpassing significant milestones in our capital campaign and setting the stage for our next chapter.

Our mission is clear: to be the epicenter of Black culture, embracing both emerging talents and established legends, supporting artists at every stage of their career. The Apollo Stages at The Victoria, opening this February, will allow us to continue building upon that mission. This is not just a physical expansion, but an expansion of what’s possible—and of the myriad of ways The Apollo might foster artistic expression, inclusivity, and community engagement.

I look forward to seeing you at The Apollo soon.

Warm regards,

Aldo Scrofani
President & CEO
The Apollo

Dec. 2023
Kamilah Forbes
Kamilah Forbes
Executive Producer, The Apollo
2022

THE NEXT MOVEMENT

Dear Apollo Family,

Over the past several years, our lives have changed in many ways. Faced with a range of challenges, we forged new paths, tried new things, and found new ways to move forward. I am proud to be part of a historic institution that has always met the challenge of advancing our culture forward. The Apollo has built a dynamic platform for the elevation of Black voices and creativity through inspired innovation and a commitment to artistic excellence—forging a powerful legacy of forward movement. This fall we celebrate that ongoing tradition and look to the future with a season titled The Next Movement.  

The Next Movement’s vibrant programming is led by trailblazing Black artists and thought leaders. Camille A. Brown and Dancers continue our commitment to dance culture with ink, part of Brown’s canon-building movement trilogy celebrating self-empowerment and resilience—now presented in full for the first time, in partnership with the Joyce Theater and featuring Brown’s final performances as a dancer in this repertory.

Tomorrow, we launch our Arts & Ideas series, its mission is providing resonant access to groundbreaking thinkers and cultural figures. The series kicks off with fashion industry icon Edward Enninful, who, in advance of his coming memoir A Visible Man, discusses his unprecedented career path and role as a champion of inclusivity with renowned Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o.  Later in the season, and in recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, multi-platinum artist, philanthropist, and South Bronx native Fat Joe will share intimate stories from his new memoir, The Book of Jose.

Moving forward in our mission to amplify Africa’s rich influence on worldwide contemporary culture, next month Malian musician Oumou Sangaré, in partnership with World Music Institute, makes her Apollo debut—and a rare U.S. appearance—in a one-night-only performance.

Nothing speaks more meaningfully to forward movement than broadening the experiences of young people. Our School Day Live program this fall looks at the origins and history of the blues, with a live orchestra, and following a two-year hiatus, our teaching artists return to meet NYC students in their schools.  Because learning is a lifelong process, we invite educators and the public to workshops led by Camille A. Brown & Dancers, and as part of the Apollo’s Live Wire series, we’ll take a deep dive into Hip Hop Style with local choreographers and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

We invite you to discover or revisit Apollo favorites including Amateur Night at the Apollo, the incubator of major talent and one of America’s longest-running events; the Kwanzaa:Regeneration Celebration featuring Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre; the Apollo Music Café; Comedy Club; and community events for all ages.

Our three-year Master Artist in Residence program, inaugurated with Ta-Nehisi Coates and now in its second iteration, supports the creation of new artistic and civic works moving us all towards a diverse 21st century American performing arts canon. The program continues with current resident, Grammy and Emmy-nominated musician/producer Kamasi Washington.

Speaking of next movement, The Apollo will soon expand, welcoming audiences to an exciting new space just down the street. The Apollo’s Victoria, a renovated former movie and vaudeville house, will house two new black-box theaters for a range of Apollo programs, add administrative offices, and offer subsidized rental opportunities for community and non-profit arts organizations. Like all New Yorkers, we couldn’t be happier to have more space!

The Apollo is always in motion, offering illuminating and joyful experiences that center and amplify Black voices. We invite you to experience The Next Movement and join us on our amazing journey forward!

Kamilah Forbes
Executive Producer

2021

THE RENAISSANCE IS NOW

We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves.”  The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain, Langston Hughes

I believe that history is cyclical.  Like the Harlem Renaissance – which emerged out of the darkness of an authoritarian leadership regime, a major migration that dramatically impacted the demographics of who we are as America, and a global health pandemic – this moment in time again stands as a turning point for a new revival of artistic, creative, and innovative expression that has been inspired by the truths exposed in the wake of our current pandemics.

For the past few months, I have been inspired and motivated by the work and words of critically acclaimed dramaturg, director, historian and Apollo New Works artist Talvin Wilks, who shared:

Does a movement exist if there is no one to write about it, to document it, to claim it? The genius of Alain Locke and W.E.B. Du Bois and the impact of Crisis Magazine and Opportunity curated one of the greatest foundations of beauty, art, and propaganda. Let us remind ourselves that the anti-Black machinery in this nation was profound – restrictions on voting to the defense of lynchings – all happening at the same time as the Harlem Renaissance. It is against this backdrop that the Harlem Renaissance rises and flourishes, forged by the firebrand of Marcus Garvey, infused by the spirituality of Father Divine, instigated by the marching syncopation of Major James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters Band (369th Infantry Regiment), the beat of the Tom Tom, the Blues of Bessie Smith, Swing at the Savoy, The Duke at the Cotton Club, and the voices of Ida B. Wells and the anti-lynching movement. 

What we learn from the Harlem Renaissance is that revolution has to be curated, it doesn’t just happen. It is conjured, believed, doubted, debated. It is established and elusive. As we mark nearly 100 years since the start of this historic era, we know that without it the very foundation upon which we stand would be sinking sand. The Harlem Renaissance serves as a significant moment of collective witnessing, collective contemplation, and collective action holding firm the tradition of celebrating Blackness. It is an essential anchorage, an essential movement in a long lineage of many movements, setting the stage for the Black Arts Movement, the Hip Hop Movement, and the Afrofuturistic movement. We hold this era in the highest esteem, in all of its contradictions and triumphs.

Thank you, Talvin, for those deep and powerful words and connections that I hope resonate with you as much as they resonated with me.

And so, it is at this intersection of artistry and activism that The Apollo responds with a season of signature programs, audience favorites, and a preview of the first of a series of commissioned projects and new works by artists who are pushing the boundaries of their artforms while expanding the cannon of African American works.  We embrace the notion of our duty as artists, to lead, to reflect, and to respond. As much as this is a motion of growth and resurgence, it is also a moment of healing and reflection.  After 19 months of physical and emotional isolation, it is artists who will lead the way – a path to begin to feel again with the fullness of our unspoken humanity.

As we continue to welcome you back to the theater or engage with us digitally, we believe we are entering a new renaissance – an era that will propel the next century with extraordinary breath of cultural creativity. That is why we are thrilled to launch our fall season, “The Renaissance is Now,” which serves as a reminder that The Apollo has long been a hub of Black creativity, expression, and artistry and continues to be a trailblazer as we reimagine our future in pushing the culture forward and beyond.

– Kamilah Forbes

2020

If the past twelve months have shown us anything, it is the importance of making the most of the present, making our voices heard, and leaving a legacy that we as individuals and a as community can be proud of. It is in this vein that I introduce The Apollo’s all digital Spring season line up of film, festivals, music, comedy, and more.

Our work this season is centered around what it means to be Black and alive. In a society where we’ve been forced to affirm our humanity through rallying cries like Black Lives Matter, we celebrate the joy and historical legacy of The Apollo, while marking our presence in the social and cultural commentary of today’s society. We’re shifting the narrative from reverence to relevance. We honor the ritual and tradition of the past as we chart a path forward with our incredible roster of artists and audiences into the unknown. The works presented this season not only ask questions, but answer questions about who we are and want to be as Black people in America.

The performing arts are critical to our connection to one another and extending our work into the digital space offers an invitation to connect a global audience across time and space. Whether it be through our WOW – Women of the World Festival Festival, featuring brilliant women across the world, or giving us a glimpse back in time as we celebrate hip hop culture of the 80s and 90s with 30 years of House Party. We also continue to amplify and highlight the brightest among us through our Apollo Late Nights, Apollo Film series and Apollo Theater education programs. No matter where you are in the world, we welcome you to experience the magic of The Apollo.

Even virtually, the theater has unwaveringly remained a home and landing place for Black culture, innovation and truth telling. This moment is no different. Through all of the works this season and beyond, we seek to explore the myriad of individual identities that make up Black culture and how these identities come together to create a collective. Through each event we present, we acknowledge where we’ve been—and continue to— chart a path for where we plan to go. It is our goal to serve as a beacon of Black creativity and excellence.

It is from this space that artists, audiences, young people and our global communities will see themselves powerfully reflected in the works we present on our Digital Stage and know that……we are here… we are important…. we are a force… and we are the shape of things to come.

I look forward to continuing the journey with you and seeing you on the Apollo Digital Stage!

– Kamilah Forbes

Dec. 2023
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President Statement

Michelle Ebanks
President & CEO

Dear Apollo Family,

As I write this, I am filled with gratitude, excitement, and a deep sense of honor to be a part of this transformative moment with The Apollo.

Six months into my role, I’m consistently moved by our rich history and the steadfast commitment of our incredible team. The collective efforts of my predecessor Jonelle Procope, the Board of Directors, staff, artists, and our beloved audiences have propelled us to new heights, surpassing significant milestones in our capital campaign and setting the stage for our next chapter.

Our mission is clear: to be the epicenter of Black culture, embracing both emerging talents and established legends, supporting artists at every stage of their career. The Apollo Stages at The Victoria, opening this February, will allow us to continue building upon that mission. This is not just a physical expansion, but an expansion of what’s possible—and of the myriad of ways The Apollo might foster artistic expression, inclusivity, and community engagement.

As we conclude this momentous year and prepare to celebrate The Apollo’s 90th anniversary, our commitment extends far beyond the stage. We are dedicated to deepening our roots in the community and expanding our role as a civic and economic cornerstone of Harlem, providing a space for critical conversations, and serving as a cultural leader within New York City and the global community. The enduring spirit and dedication to excellence at The Apollo will propel us into an exhilarating new chapter where culture takes shape.

Your generous, ongoing support enables The Apollo to amplify our impact and adapt to the changing needs of Harlem and the greater cultural community. With your help, we can continue to innovate and expand, providing the experiences that audiences, students, and educators have come to expect. If you are able, please consider supporting The Apollo here or be amongst the first to make The Apollo Stages at The Victoria a part of your legacy with a signature seat here. I look forward to seeing you at The Apollo soon.

Warm regards,
Michelle Ebanks
President & CEO
The Apollo

Dec. 2023

Artistic Statement

Kamilah Forbes
Executive Producer

THE NEXT MOVEMENT

Dear Apollo Family,

Over the past several years, our lives have changed in many ways. Faced with a range of challenges, we forged new paths, tried new things, and found new ways to move forward. I am proud to be part of a historic institution that has always met the challenge of advancing our culture forward. The Apollo has built a dynamic platform for the elevation of Black voices and creativity through inspired innovation and a commitment to artistic excellence—forging a powerful legacy of forward movement. This fall we celebrate that ongoing tradition and look to the future with a season titled The Next Movement.  

The Next Movement’s vibrant programming is led by trailblazing Black artists and thought leaders. Camille A. Brown and Dancers continue our commitment to dance culture with ink, part of Brown’s canon-building movement trilogy celebrating self-empowerment and resilience—now presented in full for the first time, in partnership with the Joyce Theater and featuring Brown’s final performances as a dancer in this repertory.

Tomorrow, we launch our Arts & Ideas series, its mission is providing resonant access to groundbreaking thinkers and cultural figures. The series kicks off with fashion industry icon Edward Enninful, who, in advance of his coming memoir A Visible Man, discusses his unprecedented career path and role as a champion of inclusivity with renowned Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o.  Later in the season, and in recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, multi-platinum artist, philanthropist, and South Bronx native Fat Joe will share intimate stories from his new memoir, The Book of Jose.

Moving forward in our mission to amplify Africa’s rich influence on worldwide contemporary culture, next month Malian musician Oumou Sangaré, in partnership with World Music Institute, makes her Apollo debut—and a rare U.S. appearance—in a one-night-only performance.

Nothing speaks more meaningfully to forward movement than broadening the experiences of young people. Our School Day Live program this fall looks at the origins and history of the blues, with a live orchestra, and following a two-year hiatus, our teaching artists return to meet NYC students in their schools.  Because learning is a lifelong process, we invite educators and the public to workshops led by Camille A. Brown & Dancers, and as part of the Apollo’s Live Wire series, we’ll take a deep dive into Hip Hop Style with local choreographers and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

We invite you to discover or revisit Apollo favorites including Amateur Night at the Apollo, the incubator of major talent and one of America’s longest-running events; the Kwanzaa:Regeneration Celebration featuring Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre; the Apollo Music Café; Comedy Club; and community events for all ages.

Our three-year Master Artist in Residence program, inaugurated with Ta-Nehisi Coates and now in its second iteration, supports the creation of new artistic and civic works moving us all towards a diverse 21st century American performing arts canon. The program continues with current resident, Grammy and Emmy-nominated musician/producer Kamasi Washington.

Speaking of next movement, The Apollo will soon expand, welcoming audiences to an exciting new space just down the street. The Apollo’s Victoria, a renovated former movie and vaudeville house, will house two new black-box theaters for a range of Apollo programs, add administrative offices, and offer subsidized rental opportunities for community and non-profit arts organizations. Like all New Yorkers, we couldn’t be happier to have more space!

The Apollo is always in motion, offering illuminating and joyful experiences that center and amplify Black voices. We invite you to experience The Next Movement and join us on our amazing journey forward!

Kamilah Forbes
Executive Producer

Dec. 2023

Artistic Statement

Kamilah Forbes
Executive Producer

THE RENAISSANCE IS NOW

We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves.”  The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain, Langston Hughes

I believe that history is cyclical.  Like the Harlem Renaissance – which emerged out of the darkness of an authoritarian leadership regime, a major migration that dramatically impacted the demographics of who we are as America, and a global health pandemic – this moment in time again stands as a turning point for a new revival of artistic, creative, and innovative expression that has been inspired by the truths exposed in the wake of our current pandemics.

For the past few months, I have been inspired and motivated by the work and words of critically acclaimed dramaturg, director, historian and Apollo New Works artist Talvin Wilks, who shared:

Does a movement exist if there is no one to write about it, to document it, to claim it? The genius of Alain Locke and W.E.B. Du Bois and the impact of Crisis Magazine and Opportunity curated one of the greatest foundations of beauty, art, and propaganda. Let us remind ourselves that the anti-Black machinery in this nation was profound – restrictions on voting to the defense of lynchings – all happening at the same time as the Harlem Renaissance. It is against this backdrop that the Harlem Renaissance rises and flourishes, forged by the firebrand of Marcus Garvey, infused by the spirituality of Father Divine, instigated by the marching syncopation of Major James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters Band (369th Infantry Regiment), the beat of the Tom Tom, the Blues of Bessie Smith, Swing at the Savoy, The Duke at the Cotton Club, and the voices of Ida B. Wells and the anti-lynching movement. 

What we learn from the Harlem Renaissance is that revolution has to be curated, it doesn’t just happen. It is conjured, believed, doubted, debated. It is established and elusive. As we mark nearly 100 years since the start of this historic era, we know that without it the very foundation upon which we stand would be sinking sand. The Harlem Renaissance serves as a significant moment of collective witnessing, collective contemplation, and collective action holding firm the tradition of celebrating Blackness. It is an essential anchorage, an essential movement in a long lineage of many movements, setting the stage for the Black Arts Movement, the Hip Hop Movement, and the Afrofuturistic movement. We hold this era in the highest esteem, in all of its contradictions and triumphs.

Thank you, Talvin, for those deep and powerful words and connections that I hope resonate with you as much as they resonated with me.

And so, it is at this intersection of artistry and activism that The Apollo responds with a season of signature programs, audience favorites, and a preview of the first of a series of commissioned projects and new works by artists who are pushing the boundaries of their artforms while expanding the cannon of African American works.  We embrace the notion of our duty as artists, to lead, to reflect, and to respond. As much as this is a motion of growth and resurgence, it is also a moment of healing and reflection.  After 19 months of physical and emotional isolation, it is artists who will lead the way – a path to begin to feel again with the fullness of our unspoken humanity.

As we continue to welcome you back to the theater or engage with us digitally, we believe we are entering a new renaissance – an era that will propel the next century with extraordinary breath of cultural creativity. That is why we are thrilled to launch our fall season, “The Renaissance is Now,” which serves as a reminder that The Apollo has long been a hub of Black creativity, expression, and artistry and continues to be a trailblazer as we reimagine our future in pushing the culture forward and beyond.

– Kamilah Forbes

Dec. 2023

Artistic Statement

Kamilah Forbes
Executive Producer

If the past twelve months have shown us anything, it is the importance of making the most of the present, making our voices heard, and leaving a legacy that we as individuals and a as community can be proud of. It is in this vein that I introduce The Apollo’s all digital Spring season line up of film, festivals, music, comedy, and more.

Our work this season is centered around what it means to be Black and alive. In a society where we’ve been forced to affirm our humanity through rallying cries like Black Lives Matter, we celebrate the joy and historical legacy of The Apollo, while marking our presence in the social and cultural commentary of today’s society. We’re shifting the narrative from reverence to relevance. We honor the ritual and tradition of the past as we chart a path forward with our incredible roster of artists and audiences into the unknown. The works presented this season not only ask questions, but answer questions about who we are and want to be as Black people in America.

The performing arts are critical to our connection to one another and extending our work into the digital space offers an invitation to connect a global audience across time and space. Whether it be through our WOW – Women of the World Festival Festival, featuring brilliant women across the world, or giving us a glimpse back in time as we celebrate hip hop culture of the 80s and 90s with 30 years of House Party. We also continue to amplify and highlight the brightest among us through our Apollo Late Nights, Apollo Film series and Apollo Theater education programs. No matter where you are in the world, we welcome you to experience the magic of The Apollo.

Even virtually, the theater has unwaveringly remained a home and landing place for Black culture, innovation and truth telling. This moment is no different. Through all of the works this season and beyond, we seek to explore the myriad of individual identities that make up Black culture and how these identities come together to create a collective. Through each event we present, we acknowledge where we’ve been—and continue to— chart a path for where we plan to go. It is our goal to serve as a beacon of Black creativity and excellence.

It is from this space that artists, audiences, young people and our global communities will see themselves powerfully reflected in the works we present on our Digital Stage and know that……we are here… we are important…. we are a force… and we are the shape of things to come.

I look forward to continuing the journey with you and seeing you on the Apollo Digital Stage!

– Kamilah Forbes

Dec. 2023
TODAY
Jul 19
| 6:00PM EDT
Jul 19
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Jul 19
Teen Takeover: At The Boiling Point
The Apollo Stages at The Victoria
Teen Takeover: At The Boiling Point

Teens are heating up 2024! From the freshest trends to breakout artists, the energy is wild.

Don’t miss Teen Takeover: At the Boiling Point - marking Teen Takeover’s 10th unforgettable year! This is where time slows down, pressure builds, passion and creativity are unleashed! Expect insane live performances, interactive experiences, and a DJ with the hottest tracks.

This summer’s standout event is where you’ll glow, meet new peeps, and unleash your creative side. Brought to you by this year’s cohort of  Apollo Theater Academy High School Interns, it’s gonna be legendary!

RSVP NOW for the event of the summer, made for teens, by teens.

Jul 20
| 9:00PM EDT
Jul 20
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Jul 20
Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart
Apollo's Historic Theater
Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart

Live Nation presents Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart at The Apollo on Saturday, July 20, 2024.

Jul 27
| 8:00PM EDT
Jul 27
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Jul 27
 Welcome In Manadja Confirme
Apollo's Historic Theater
Welcome In Manadja Confirme

Experience Manadja Confirme live in concert on The Apollo stage. This show will be rich in music and traditional modern dance from the Ivory Coast.  Manadja Confirme will also present his new album The Challenges. Come and vibrate to the rhythms of Manadja Confirme. Also featuring: Aziz 47, Adeba Konan, Ble Marus, Bipomi Junior, Kley Sale.

Aug 21
| 7:30 PM EDT
Aug 21
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Aug 21
Amateur Night at The Apollo: Season Opener
Apollo's Historic Theater
Amateur Night at The Apollo: Season Opener

A new season of Apollo’s signature series returns! Known as one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, Amateur Night at The Apollo attracts performers and audiences from around the world in a classic talent competition that has launched the careers of countless legendary artists, from Ella Fitzgerald, Luther Vandross, Lauryn Hill, H.E.R, Machine Gun Kelly, Jazmine Sullivan and more. 

 

Join the fun with the weekly classic competition that sheds light on the careers of a whole new roster of stars. Be a part of the notoriously “tough” audience in an interactive evening unlike any other and lend your voice to decide who will “Be Good or Be Gone!” to win the triumphant grand prize. 

Amateur Night at The Apollo sponsored by Coca-Cola,  is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess and Set It Off Man Greginald Spencer. Keep a lookout for C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage!

Aug 28
| 7:30PM EDT
Aug 28
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Aug 28
Amateur Night at The Apollo
Apollo Historic Theater
Amateur Night at The Apollo

Known as one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, Amateur Night at The Apollo attracts performers and audiences from around the world in a classic talent competition that has launched the careers of countless legendary artists, from Ella Fitzgerald, Luther Vandross, Lauryn Hill, H.E.R, Machine Gun Kelly, Jazmine Sullivan and more. 

 

Join the fun with the weekly classic competition that sheds light on the careers of a whole new roster of stars. Be a part of the notoriously “tough” audience in an interactive evening unlike any other and lend your voice to decide who will “Be Good or Be Gone!” to win the triumphant grand prize. 

Amateur Night at The Apollo sponsored by Coca-Cola,  is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess and Set It Off Man Greginald Spencer. Keep a lookout for C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage!

Aug 30
Aug 30 - 31
| 9:30PM EDT
Aug 30
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Aug 31
Machel Montano
Apollo's Historic Theater
Machel Montano

This Labor Day Weekend, The King of Soca, Machel Montano brings Carnival to Harlem! Bring your friends, family, and loved ones for the ultimate celebration of music, culture, and community.

From his chart-topping hits to his infectious energy, Machel Montano knows how to throw a party like no other. Join The Apollo for the hottest celebration of music, culture, and community with those you love this Labor Day weekend.

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