Artists and entertainers ranging from Gary Clark Jr., Robert Randolph, Kool & The Gang, and more will all take part in the “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theater” virtual benefit event to raise money for the historic music venue in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.
Scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, the one-night event in partnership with Gibson will “Showcase an array of special guests delivering poems and performances dedicated to the memory of those who have lost their lives due to COVID-19,” the announcement released on Thursday states.
Other notable entertainers set to participate in the virtual fundraising event include “Captain” Kirk Douglas (The Roots), Ray Chew, Michael McDonald, Lil Buck & Jon Boogz, Keb Mo, Celisse Henderson, Infinity’s Song, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, DJ Reborn, Dionne Warwick, Doug E. Fresh, Roy Wood Jr., and more to be announced in the coming days.
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Throughout the online event, participating musicians will perform songs made famous by notable artists who have played the Apollo over the decades like B.B. King, Patti LaBelle, and Stevie Wonder. The free webcast will be donation-based and will air on audio/video streaming platform TIDAL, in addition to the Apollo Theater website.
“Music is one of the world’s enduring gifts, and its power to connect, transform, and heal have always been center stage at the Apollo,” Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes also mentioned with the announcement. “Although our stages remain dark, the Apollo sound has never been more vibrant, and I’m grateful to DJ D-Nice for sharing it, and to Gibson for its support in helping us amplify our musical soundtrack while also raising funds for the Theater and our neighbors in Harlem.”
Click here for more info on the upcoming event and learn how you can donate to keep the historic New York City venue alive during this unprecedented time for the live events industry.