On this first day of February, we wanted to share the Apollo ‘s suite of upcoming Black History Month programs –including their major Season highlight – Soundtrack ’63 happening on February 24th, 2018. Soundtrack ‘63 is a unique live musical documentary experience that takes you on a journey through milestone events in African-American history – with a spotlight on the Civil Rights Movement. Using compelling images and historical video footage, the show explores how black music has served as a soundtrack to the African- American experience – from old spirituals to Freedom songs to Mahalia Jackson singing “Precious Lord” before the March on Washington to James Brown’s “I’m Black & I’m Proud” to Kendrick Lamar’s “We Gon be Alright.” Soundtrack features an 18-piece orchestra and a powerhouse vocal ensemble to include special appearances from stars like stars soul singing sensation Leon Bridges, GRAMMY award winning musician and singer Rhiannon and 2018 GRAMMY Nominee and Rocnation artist Rapsody.
Other highlights for our Black History Month programming includes: our annual Apollo Open House Weekend (Feb. 3 & 4th) , free and open to the public, which will explore important milestones and institutions in African –American history with a specific focus on HBCU’s to conclude with a screening of Stanley Nelson’s Tell Them We Are Rising, a special edition of our Apollo Live Wire ( February 6th) discussion series exploring the trailblazing Black owned record companies of the 60s ( such as Motown and Vee Jay) and how these companies impacted the music industry and the world in general during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Late Nights at the Apollo which makes its return starting with Apollo Comedy Club on the Theater’s intimate soundstage, and Apollo Music Café featuring one of Apollo’s very own Amateur Night “Stars of Tomorrow” winner Matthew Whitaker.
Additionally, Amateur Night at the Apollo, now in its 84th year, returns with a slew of new talent competing for the Super Top Dog title and a brand new grand prize of $20,000. The show has launched countless careers since 1934—from Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Jazmine Sullivan, and Lauryn Hill to recent winners including Matthew Whitaker, Machine Gun Kelly, and Christian Guardino.
Most of these events are free and requires RSVP.
For more information visit www.ApolloTheater.org/calendar