For over eight decades and counting, and even some time before that, The Apollo Theater has been a destination for some of the most memorable performances in live entertainment. The world renowned venue located on 125th Street in New York City’s immensely influential neighborhood of Harlem has been graced by the likes of, well, we’d be here forever if we tried to name all the amazing acts that’ve performed at The Apollo.
The Apollo has a history that’s way too dynamic to merely sum up as a music venue, especially when considering its place in Black history as a hub for the Harlem Renaissance that ushered in Black affluence at the dawn of the 20th century. Still, there’s no denying that our favorite musicians have always brought their best when heading Uptown to the big stage!
To celebrate the 89th anniversary since The Apollo first opened it’s doors for “Showtime,” we put together a list of classic performances over the decades that capture just how deep-rooted the venue is in the culture of Black music. We selected 25 unforgettable live shows at The Apollo that each are at least 25 years old. Enjoy the nostalgia with this tribute to The Apollo for keeping the culture moving ahead in Harlem for just shy of a century. May the beat go on forever!
Keep scrolling to check out our selection of 25 classic Showtime At The Apollo performances during the peak of its 89-year history, and feel free to let us know if you think we skipped over your favorite: