UPDATED 6/1/2020: In observance of Black Out Tuesday and in solidarity with artists, neighbors and the global community the Apollo Theater and Gibson have announced the “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit To Support The Apollo” live streaming benefit concert has been rescheduled from June 2 to Thursday, June 4 at 7:30 pm ET/4:30pm PT.
On March 13th, 2020, the infamous Apollo Theatre announced all “ Theater-Produced Public Programs” were canceled till June 30th due to COVID-19. Recently announced, Gibson, the leading instrument brand, has partnered with the legendary Apollo Theater for the “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit To Support The Apollo” benefit concert. The free LIVE free virtual benefit concert will kick off Black Music Month in June and will support the institution’s future following the cancellation of more than 100 programs. Viewers can tune in to watch the “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit To Support The Apollo” Livestream at www.apollotheater.org.
The landmark livestream event features performances by “CAPTAIN” KIRK DOUGLAS OF THE ROOTS, KOOL & THE GANG, GARY CLARK JR., ROBERT RANDOLPH, RAY CHEW, MICHAEL MCDONALD, LIL BUCK & JON BOOGZ, KEB MO, CELISSE HENDERSON, INFINITY’S SONG, MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH and DJ REBORN as well as special appearances from DIONNE WARWICK, DOUG E. FRESH, ROY WOOD JR. and more to be announced.
During the show, artists will perform the music of Apollo legends such as B.B. King, Patti LaBelle, and Stevie Wonder, and highlight the Apollo’s 86-year contribution to arts and culture. The “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theater” concert will also be available for free streaming by media partners, TIDAL.
“Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theater” is part of Apollo Sound, which celebrates Black Music Month in June and illuminates the power of music to transform, build community, and heal. DJ D-Nice–the resident DJ for the Apollo’s annual benefit for eight years–will kick-off the month-long Apollo Sound celebration on Monday, June 1 by dedicating his wildly popular Instagram Live Club Quarantine dance party to the Apollo Theater.
The “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theater” event is part of the non-profit Theater’s campaign to raise $4 million in immediate funding support. In addition to raising funds for the Apollo’s innovative artistic and educational programs–which serve more than 200,000 people annually–a portion of the resources raised will go towards a micro-grant initiative for local small businesses.
Support for the Apollo Theater remains crucial as we all continue to navigate the negative economic effects of COVID-19 on the performing arts and entertainment fields.
The Apollo Theater is committed to providing virtual programming and preparing for the next season of world-class live performances, community, and education programs. Any contribution over $75 qualifies for an Apollo Membership and supports staff salaries, teaching artists, performers and artistic and educational programs.
“Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theater” is sponsored by Gibson, through the Gibson Gives foundation. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Apollo Theater, visit: https://www.apollotheater.org/donate.
Source: Gibson, Apollo Theater