Published on January 18th, 2015 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson


Apollo Theater Presents A Special Evening with D’ANGELO and THE VANGUARD

The concert will mark the celebrated singer’s first U.S. engagement since the release of his first studio album in 14 years: Black Messiah

One Night Only

Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 8pm

Tickets Go on Sale on Wednesday, January 21st at 10am

The Apollo Theater announced that renowned musician D’Angelo and The Vanguard will grace its legendary stage for an epic one-night-only concert on Saturday, February 7th at 8pm. In 2014, D’Angelo shocked the music industry and fans alike with the release of his first studio album in 14 years – Black Messiah. The album has become one of the most buzzed about record releases in recent music history, debuting at number one on the Billboard charts and continues to receive critical acclaim. Fresh on the heels of the success of Black Messiah, this special evening is the singer’s only U.S. engagement since the album’s release and is scheduled just in advance of his recently announced The Second Coming European tour.

Additionally, the Apollo concert will mark D’Angelo’s first time headlining the iconic Theater. However, the Grammy Award–winning musician is no stranger to the Apollo. In 1991, at the age of 16, he competed in the Theater’s long running competition show, Amateur Night at the Apollo, under the group name Michael Archer and Precise. Describing this experience as “surreal” and “amazing,” the singer and his group went on to win three consecutive nights and a cash prize. Using his Amateur Night winnings, D’Angelo purchased recording equipment and began writing the songs that would eventually end up on his 1995 classic debut album, Brown Sugar. He later returned to the Apollo as a guest artist on the popular television show Showtime at the Apollo.

Ticket Information

Tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday, January 21st at 10am. Apollo A-List can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, January 19th at 10am through Tuesday, January 20th at 11:59pm.

Tickets are $56, $86, $126, $226 and are available at the Apollo Theater Box Office:

(212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street. Ticketmaster at 1-800- 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Box Office Hours:

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri – 10:00am – 6:00pm

Wednesday – 10:00am – 8:30pm

Saturday – 12:00pm – 6:00pm

About the Apollo Theater

The legendary Apollo Theater— the soul of American culture—plays a vital role in cultivating emerging talents and launching legends. Since its founding, the Apollo has served as a center of innovation, and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the world. With music at its core, the Apollo’s programming extends to dance, theater, performance art, spoken word initiatives, and more. Recent highlights have included James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, which will begin an international tour in 2015, the Africa Now! Festival, and Apollo Club Harlem. Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms, and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres – including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at the Apollo are Lauryn Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, Miri Ben Ari, D’Angelo, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, and Stevie Wonder; and the Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy.

The Apollo Theater is a not-for-profit organization and currently in the midst of fundraising for its 21st Century Apollo Campaign, created to extend the institution’s role in fostering artistic innovation and in building appreciation of American culture around the world. For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org.

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