Apollo Spring Gala 2013 at Apollo Theater
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The Apollo Spring Gala is a spectacular night when New York City celebrates the iconic popular performers who have become Apollo Legends. In past years honorees have included Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Patti LaBelle, Michael Jackson among others.
This year, Grammy winning R&B superstars Mary J. Blige and Patti LaBelle take to the Apollo stage alongside a talented cast of performers - all in salute to the incomparable Chaka Khan.
Known as the "Queen of Funk-Soul," Chaka Khan's musical career spans four decades during which she has earned 22 Grammy nominations and 10 wins. During the 8th Annual Apollo Spring Gala Ms. Khan will be inducted into the Apollo Hall of Fame.
Also scheduled to appear at the concert and awards ceremony are Emmy award-winning actress Sarah Jessica Parker and Tony award winner Jennifer Holliday with more to come.
Each year the event, which attracts many of the hottest contemporary artists and leaders in media and entertainment such as Prince, Chris Tucker, Jamie Foxx, Mariah Carey, and Angela Bassett is New York's hottest night out that has everyone wondering who will be on the legendary Apollo stage and red carpet.
The Apollo Theater is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. Proceeds from this event will benefit the full range of the Apollo’s year-round activities including performing arts presentations, family and educational programs, and the development of new work through commissions to emerging artists.
Venue Description: Apollo Amateur Night continues to demand and reward greatness, spurring performers to put every fiber of their being, every ounce of their emotion into pleasing the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend.
The world famous Apollo Theater is so much more than a historic landmark - it is a source of pride and a symbol of the brilliance of American artistic accomplishment. With its rich history and continued significance, the Apollo Theater, considered the bastion of African-American culture and achievement, is one of the most fascinating chronicles in American history.
It all started in 1914 when the theater was constructed on 125th Street, the heart of Harlem. Originally, it was named Hurtig and Seamon's New Burlesque Theatre and African-Americans were not allowed in the audience. In 1934: Ralph Cooper, Sr. decided to do a live version of his already popular radio show, Amateur Nite Hour at the Apollo, at the Apollo Theater, then owned by the Schiffman family. Ella Fitzgerald was one of the first Amateur Night winners. That same year, Cooper, Benny Carter and 16 Gorgeous Hot Steppers dazzled the crowds with the theater's first 'Colored Revue.' Then in 1935, Bessie Smith made her Apollo debut followed by an unknown vocalist by the name of Billie Holiday who graced the Apollo stage and mesmerized the audience with her undeniable style and talent. Soon thereafter, the Apollo Theater quickly became known the place 'Where Stars are Born and Legends are Made' and 'home' to thousands of major performance artists, fans, and patrons of the arts from around the world. The legendary venue has launched the careers of icons such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, James Brown and Lauryn Hill and continues to maintain its position as the nation's most popular arena for emerging and established African-American and Latino performers.