What better way to celebrate Black History Month than a sweet escapade to Harlem, this major African-American neighborhood of Manhattan. The Apollo Theater, a notorious music hall that is also one of the oldest in the United States, recently held an open house weekend. For the occasion, residents and visitors were offered a glimpse into the Apollo’s rich history, having the chance to explore the neo-classical theater and step onto the legendary stage where many of our favorite African-American performers, among them James Brown, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Lauryn Hill, have launched their successful careers.
From outside, the Apollo looks very modest and smaller that you probably would think. But as soon as you enter the building on West 125th Street, the rich and splendid red and golden decor paired with subtle lighting creates a luxurious atmosphere which takes you on a journey through time… even at two o’clock in the afternoon. The Apollo’s staff greatly contributes to this experience with its welcoming attitude; each member is elegant, exuding not only a classy attitude but also a strong entertainer personality.
Featuring displays of Apollo memorabilia and live performances from past winners of Amateur Night, open house weekend was an unexpected festival. Just like we sometimes see in the streets of Harlem, which often offer a show with their omnipresent music, the place was packed with African-Americans of all ages, all very proud of their neighborhood’s jewel, dancing and singing.
I am now completely obsessed about going back to the Apollo to attend a real Amateur nigh.
Did you ever attend a musical show in Harlem?