Apollo Music Cafe featuring John Holiday

May 3, 2019 10:00pm

Returning to the Apollo after his break-out performance as John Blue in last season’s world-premiere opera production of Daniel Roumain and Marc Bamuti Joseph’s, We Shall Not Be Moved, John Holiday headlines this intimate Café performance with a set that effortless connects the African American musical traditions of jazz, R&B and gospel with opera.

Countertenor John Holiday, winner of the 2017 Marian Anderson Vocal Award and nominee for “Newcomer of the Year” by the German magazine Opernwelt, has quickly established himself as a fast-rising singer to watch, with his voice that has been praised as “a thing of astonishing beauty” (New Yorker). Holiday’s 2018-19 season includes a role debut as Nero in Agrippina with Ars Lyrica, Handel’s Israel in Egypt with MasterVoices at Carnegie Hall, and a debut with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor in Handel’s Messiah. His season continues with his debut at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan, singing the role of the First Male Voice in Huang Ruo’s chamber opera Paradise Interrupted.  Most recently, he was chosen as a 2018 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100 honoree, in the company of individuals such as Madeleine Albright, Glenn Close, and Janelle Monáe.

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Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street
New York NY 10027 US

An Apollo Journey Through Rhythm & Blues with the Michael-David Band

May 3, 2019 11:30am

SCHOOL DAY LIVE

RHYTHM & BLUES REVUE WITH THE MICHAEL-DAVID BAND

Tickets: $4 Per Person (students, teachers, chaperones)

The Michael David Band returns to School Day Live with the Apollo Rhythm & Blues Revue. From the 1960s to the 21st century, Rhythm & Blues has reflected the political and cultural changes of the times and influenced the sounds of contemporary music such as funk, soul, and hip-hop. Join the Michael David Band as they highlight the contributions of early Rhythm & Blues pioneers such as Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton and innovators like Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and many others who performed at the Apollo Theater.

(Grades 3-12)

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Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Salon Series: Wildflower

April 26th April 27th, 2019 7:30pm

In Partnership with
NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE

SOUNDSTAGE

Book, music & lyrics by Jason Michael Webb & Lelund Durond Thompson

The Apollo Theater’s Salon Series in partnership with National Black Theatre presents WiLDFLOWER is a new musical that follows a rebellious, but devoted young mother who unwittingly meets a Sangoma, learns her ancestors’ purpose for her young son, and then must choose between the cost of obeying her ancestors or the higher cost of defying them. Set in the tumult of the early 90’s in both South Africa & the US, WiLDFLOWER features an exciting South African Pop & Gospel score to tell this epic tale.

WiLDFLOWER is being developed as a part of NBT’s Soul L.A.B. Residency and The Apollo Salon Series, which began in 2016 to support innovative artists and works-in-progress projects.

Standard Ticket: $20

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Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Africa Now! Dancehall

April 13, 2019 8:00pm

Presented in partnership with World Music Institute

Featuring: Patoranking, Seyi Shay, Buffalo Souljah and Kaleta & Super Yamba Band

Hosted by Young Prince
Sounds by DJ mOma

The influence of Africa and its culture is a global phenomenon, nowhere more evident than in music. This year’s annual concert, a highlight of the Apollo’s season, celebrates not only the best of today’s African music scene but spotlights how the music of the diaspora has impacted the continent.

In April 1980, reggae music icon, Bob Marley and The Wailers, traveled at their own expense to celebrate and perform at the independence ceremony of the newly formed African nation, Zimbabwe. Since then the connection between the Caribbean and Africa has only grown. This season’s Africa Now nods to this exchange with the theme, Africa Now – Dancehall. The concert will feature contemporary African musicians who have been strongly influenced by the musical traditions of reggae, dancehall and soca. The weekend will also include a film series in partnership with the New York African Film Festival and late night performances and DJ sets in the Apollo Music Café.

Ticket prices start at $28.

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Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Apollo Comedy Club

April 11, 2019 10:00pm

Cookie Hull
Jason Weems
Kris Atkins

Hosted by A.G. White
Music by DJ Qool Marv

The Apollo A-LIST advance price is $15 until midnight April 10.  Please note there is a $10 drink/food minimum. Sign up for the ALIST at apollotheater.org.

Ticket prices start at just $22.

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Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Apollo Music Cafe Africa Now Afterparty

April 13, 2019 10:00pm

APOLLO MUSIC CAFÉ CELEBRATES AFRICA NOW FEATURING YOUNG PARIS

The Africa Now festival weekend culminates with this energy afterparty featuring Roc Nation artist, Young Paris.

Young Paris was born to Congolese parents in France, and raised in New York. This Afrobeats artist totes an origin story that blends cultures from three corners of the world, fusing traditional Afro-culture with high fashion creative style in his visionary approach to music and fashion. Through his work as an artistic director, music producer, and song writer, Young Paris has taken the media world by storm, featuring in Billboard, The Fader, REVOLT, BET, Vice, and XXL Mag, while his impact on the fashion world has captured the attention of WWD, Harpers Bazaar, Coveteur, Essence & VMAN.

Standard Ticket: $22

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Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Apollo Music Cafe Celebrates Africa Now featuring Tosin and Allinor

April 12, 2019 10:00pm

The Apollo’s annual Africa Now music festival showcases contemporary musicians from the continent who fuse local musical influences with global sounds. This year, the festival’s theme is Africa Now: Dancehall, which examines the African diaspora’s influence on today’s African music scene.

A renaissance force to be reckoned with, the music of composer, vocalist and percussionist Tosin speaks highly of his African origin, coupled with his exploration of jazz, funk, rock, reggae and Latin American music. As a prolific composer, Tosin writes and sings in Yoruba, Pidgin English and English. Over the years, he has drawn inspirations from his musical influences in the likes of Tony Allen, Art Blakey, Dennis Chambers, Bob Marley, King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti, Manu Dibango, Majek Fashek, Keziah Jones, Sting, Seal, Peter Gabriel, and Ebo Taylor. Originally from Ghana, West Africa, Allinor has always been influenced by the music of his motherland as well as his deep roots in spiritual music. Blending western blues, highlife and reggae with traditional music, he creates a soul stirring, mood setting style of melodic rhythms. He is Journey Man, ever shouldering his guitar as he travels, empathizing and warm to each person he encounters. Before he picked up his first guitar he had already written dozens of songs, and as his strumming acumen brightens so does his ability to croon the sentiments of regular people across the globe struggling to make ends meet, finding happiness and peace in small rewards and hard work. Both his warmth and his thoughtfulness come alive in his music as he pours himself through it.

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Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street
New York NY 10027 US

The African Giant Tour

April 5, 2019 8:00pm

DUKE CONCEPT PRESENTS

BURNA BOY LIVE

THE AFRICAN GIANT TOUR

Burna Boy live features Africa’s own Multiple award Afrobeat superstar; Damini Ogulu; Stage Name; BURNA BOY. His stage performance absolutely breath taking and energetic.

Burna Boy rose to prominence in 2012 after the release of “Like To Party”, the first single off his debut album L.I.F.E. He is widely regarded as one of the most talented, versatile, and consistent artists in the Nigerian music industry; with hit tracks like “Yawa Dey”, “Like to Party”, “Tonight”,‘‘Soke”, and most recently Ye, On the Low, Gbona and many more. He has over 50 songs to his credit.

Burna Boy’s ever-changing but unique music style is majorly inspired by Fela Kuti, who was once managed by Burna Boy’s grandfather Benson Idonije.

Tickets start at $53.

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Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Urban Word NYC Teen Poetry Grand Slam Finals

April 6, 2019 6:00pm

The 21st Annual NYC Teen Poetry Slam culminates as the top 20 poets compete in the Grand Slam Finals for a chance to represent NYC at the National Teen Poetry Slam. This event is hosted by Mahogany L. Browne, featuring other special performances. For details, visit www.urbanwordnyc.org

Standard Ticket: $18
Teens Under 19: $15

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Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Tapology

April 5, 2019 11:30am

From Bill “Bojangles” Robinson to Gregory and Maurice Hines, the legendary Apollo Chorus Girls and Savion Glover, the Apollo stage has been a home for tap dancers since it opened in 1934. Michigan-based arts organization, Tapology, pays tribute to the art of tap dancing with a show highlighting technique, style and history.

Tickets: $4 Per Person (students, teachers, chaperones)

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Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street
New York NY 10027 US