The cultural epic center of Harlem, the Apollo Theatre, turns up the notch to create the ultimate music experience. Transforming the Apollo’s newly renovated Soundstage for the first time in its history, the Apollo Music Café, is a new music series that promises to showcase some of the best underground artists on the cutting edge of music innovation and performance execution.
The series features a diverse collection of live music performance, poetry, spoken word, comedy and spinning DJ’s. The legendary theatre space’s rich history is mirrored in the events’ musical range, with R&B, hip hop, world music, neo-soul, blues, gospel and rock and roll having their rightful share of the spotlight.
Joi’s Futuristic Throwbacks – The Apollo Session, with Devon Lee
Friday February 11, doors 9 p.m./show 10 p.m.
Saturday February 12, doors 9 p.m./show 10 p.m.
The first show begins this Friday with Joi’s Futuristic Throwbacks and an Apollo Session with Devon Lee. At the theatre’s website, Joi’s music is described as “breathing new life into standards” while Devon Lee’s upcoming performance is detailed as “dark, dripping-with-sensuality groove that gives a fresh, new vibe to the pioneer of ‘neol-soul’.”
Blitz the Ambassador, with the Embassy Ensemble and special guest J. Ivy
Monday February 14, doors 9 p.m./show 10 p.m.
“The Apollo Music Café sets you up for an EXPERIENCE. This is not just another concert series…the artists that are performing at the Music Café Series, are committed to stepping outside of themselves, to tattoo you in a way that will leave you imprinted by the performance,” said Lisa Yancey, one of the series’ curators.
Yancey’s first show, Blitz The Ambassador with the Embassy Ensemble and special guest J. Ivy, will be held this Valentines’ Night. Her event’s Facebook Page gives a peek of what’s in store for event goers: “Genre-bending Ghanaian-American artist Blitz blends distinctly African sounds like highlife and Afrobeat with the boom-bap of classic hip hop, accompanied by the six-piece, brass-heavy band, Embassy Ensemble. Grammy Award-winning hip hop poet J. Ivy will appear as a special guest at this performance. “
Future Now: Tuan X, Karma Mayet, Gina Breedlove and Shae Fiol
Friday March 4, doors 9 p.m./show 10 p.m. (Tuan X and Karma Mayet)
Saturday March 5, doors 9 p.m./show 10 p.m. (Gina Breedlove and Shae Fiol)
Ki Ki Hawkins and Tess – Power
Monday March 7, doors 9 p.m./show 10 p.m.
Songs for Miriam, featuring Lorraine Klaassen of South Africa and Malika Zarra of Morocco
Friday April 1, doors 9 p.m./show 10 p.m.
Saturday April 2, doors 9 p.m./show 10 p.m.
Shades of R&B: Terrell Howard and Tai Allen
Monday April 4, doors 9 p.m./show 10 p.m.
To see the full 2011 performance line-up, go to http://www.apollotheater.org/programs/music-cafe. Ticket prices are $15 in advance and $20 day of the show.