As the Apollo Theater celebrates its 80th Anniversary it has great events for the upcoming Black History Month in February, an guess who has the schedule? Who do! See it below:
Apollo Theater Open House Weekend—An Apollo 80th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9
In celebration of Black History Month and Apollo’s 80th Anniversary, the Theater will open its doors for a FREE weekend to give visitors a glimpse into our rich history with a sneak preview of our future activities. Open House Weekend will feature live performances and a family workshop.
Open House Weekend
Saturday, February 8, 1pm – 5pm
Hosted by the Apollo’s Tour Director and Ambassador, Billy Mitchell, the afternoon will showcase past Amateur Night contestants, entertainment from the Broadway show Motown: the Musical, RhythmAndSoulRadio.com, and from other NYC cultural organizations. The afternoon will be capped with a lively discussion about the Apollo’s exciting direction for the future and an honoring of some of the “Apollo family members” that have paved the way. FREE and open to the public. No RSVP required.
Open House Weekend
Sunday, February 9, 1pm – 5pm
The Apollo presents Family Sing: Hush Arbor: Living Legacies of African American Spirituals with Imani Uzuri. Vocalist, Composer, and Cultural Worker Imani Uzuri has crafted an engaging intergenerational workshop to share in song & community. Participants will uncover this body of music’s multi-layered and coded history and how its healing, contemplative, and revolutionary inheritance continued to remain activated through the Civil Rights Era and within our contemporary musical landscape today. All will be invited to share in the communal singing of some of these inspiring songs such as “This Little Light of Mine,” “Deep River,” and “Wade in The Water.” We will also explore the early history of the Blues and Gospel music. Bring a tambourine, rattle, small drum, or just your feet to stomp, your hands to clap, and your voices to sing. FREE and open to the public. RSVP required at www.apolloeducation.org.
Open House Weekend
Sunday, February 9, 5pm
Open House Weekend will culminate with a rousing gospel concert starring the incomparable Apollo Legend Pastor Shirley Caesar on Sunday, February 9th, 5pm, hosted by WBLS’s Liz Black and featuring Refining Faith. No stranger to the Apollo stage, Pastor Caesar first performed at the Theater in the 1950’s, as a part of Thurman Ruth’s Gospel Caravan. Born in Durham, North Carolina, Pastor Shirley Caesar began singing at a young age, singing in church with her father and her siblings. Her professional career began at the age of 18 when she joined The Caravans, the renowned gospel group that featured other 4 influential gospel singers, such as Albertina Walker, Inez Andrews, and Reverend James Cleveland. She left The Caravans in 1966 to pursue a solo career, and continues to record solo, as well as with others. FREE and open to the public. RSVP required at www.apollotheater.org.
Apollo Club Harlem
February 20-23, 2014
Transforming the legendary theater into a nightclub reminiscent of Harlem clubs of the 1930s and 1940s, the second annual Apollo Club Harlem is a 90-minute, fast-paced revue that showcases the Apollo’s glorious jazz legacy. Contemporary performers join host, director, and choreographer Maurice Hines and the Apollo Club Harlem Orchestra to recall the era when Harlem was home to New York’s hottest clubs, and where the music of Billie, Ella, Dinah, Sarah, Duke, and Dizzy became legendary. Sultry, sexy crooners; dazzling dancers; and swingin’ big bands served-up a potent mix of high-class hijinks and entertainment. HBO’s Boardwalk Empire’s Margot B, Kevin Mahogany, The Wondertwins, The Manzari Brothers, David Berger and The Apollo Club Harlem 16 Piece Orchestra, and a chorus of Red Hot Steppers will perform.