Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater celebrates its 80th anniversary and Black History Month with three FREE shows this weekend. Performers include stars of the Broadway show, Motown: the Musical, dancers from the Harlem Swing Dance Society, a tribute to Latin music queen Celia Cruz, hip-hop and rap performers, and family workshops.
Here’s the schedule for the three FREE concerts and events. Note that no RSVP is needed for Saturday, but you must RSVP for the ones on Sunday.
Saturday, Feb. 8th, 1pm-5pm – Hosted by the Apollo’s Tour Director and Ambassador, Billy Mitchell, the afternoon showcases past Amateur Night contestants, entertainment from the Broadway show, Motown: the Musical, RhythmAndSoulRadio.com and from other NYC cultural organizations. The afternoon ends with a discussion about the Apollo’s direction for the future and an honoring of some of the “Apollo family members” who paved the way.
Sunday, February 9th, 2pm-4pm – Living Legacies of African American Spirituals with Imani Uzuri, followed by a 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. The Apollo invites you to bring a tambourine, rattle, small drum or just your feet to stomp, your hands to clap and your voices to sing. Note that RSVP required to ensure space at www.apolloeducation.org.
Sunday, Feb. 9th, 5pm – Open House Weekend winds up with a gospel concert starring Apollo Legend Pastor Shirley Caesar who first performed at the Apollo in the 1950’s, as a part of Thurman Ruth’s Gospel Caravan. Note that a separate RSVP is required for this event at www.apollotheater.org.