News

Harlem’s Apollo Theater marks 80th birthday with star-studded gala

Harlem’s Apollo Theater marks 80th birthday with star-studded gala

APOLLO:Doug E. Fresh, left and Wayne Brady attend the Apollo Theater Spring Gala and 80th Anniversary Celebration at the Apollo Theater on Monday, June, 10, in New York City. Photo: Associated Press/Brad Barket

Soul legend Gladys Knight and British singer Joss Stone were among the celebrities marking the 80th anniversary of Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater on Tuesday night.

The fundraising gala, hosted by comedian Wayne Brady for the second year, raised a huge $2.3 million and was the most successful night since the annual event was started nine years ago.

Stone performed a rendition of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s World” while music icons including Knight, The Isley Brothers and Doug E. Fresh were also on hand to entertain the audience with classic Motown and hip-hop hits.

Money raised by the event, which celebrates the singers, dancers and comics who have graced the theatre’s stage since it opened in 1934, is used to support the Apollo’s education and community outreach programs.

Apollo boss Jonelle Procope said, “Funds for the Apollo allow us to continue to provide innovative performing arts programs, educational programs for young people, students and families.”

Recent Headlines

21 mins ago in Local

State Supreme court grants new trial for three men convicted in 2009 Sunnyside shooting

Fresh
court mallot

The state Supreme Court has thrown out the convictions of three men in what police called a gang-related shooting, saying among other things that their choice of music was not evidence of gang ties.

2 hours ago in Local

Seattle mayor decries sexist attacks to sports arena vote

Fresh
Seattle Supersonics forward Rashard Lewis, left, keeps the ball away from Portland Trail Blazers forward Viktor Khryapa, from Ukraine, during the second half of NBA basketball action in Portland, Ore., Friday Dec. 16, 2005. Lewis scored 37 points and pulled in seven rebounds to lead the Sonics in scoring as they beat Portland, 111-90.

Seattle's mayor and an investor have condemned sports fans' sexist attacks against the mostly female City Council after its vote sidetracked a proposed arena project aimed at luring back the NBA.

6 hours ago in Local

House sales and prices up in Whatcom County

generic house for sale

Sales were up last month, despite fewer homes available to sell.

13 hours ago in Local

Donald Trump is coming to Lynden

Chu7rJbUoAAbZay

Trump will be at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds on Saturday.

15 hours ago in Local

17 year-old boy charged with killing 17 year-old girl

gun

Witnesses say they heard an argument in the hallway before they heard gunshots.