Sunday, February 5, 2012

Honor Black History Month at the Apollo Theater

Celebrate Black History Month by going to the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem where some of the greatest musical artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and Luther Vandross first got there starts before going on to stardom.

Amateur Night is celebrating its 78th season at the Apollo beginning on February 1st. The theater, which first opened in 1914 as Hurtig and Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater, is offering discounts all during February. The Apollo is offering a $3 discount for Amateur Night; $5 off of Apollo Music Café shows; and on Wednesdays take a tour at 11am of the theater and get a $3 discount with the Culture Spot Coupon.

Every Wednesday night at 7:30pm is Amateur Night at the Apollo. Since this year is a leap year, February has one extra Wednesday so more great talent can show their stuff. All the recent winners of Amateur night are invited back to perform on February 29th to compete for the chance to go on to the “Top Dog” semifinals which are scheduled for May 16th. Then after that the Top Dog winners head on to the Amateur Night Finale to take place on October 31st. The winner of this last show will get the title of Super Top Dog plus a prize of $10,000.

The Apollo Theater is located at 253 West 125th Street. Call 212-531-5300 for more information.