HARLEM — The famous Apollo Theater announced its upcoming 2016 -17 season, which will include tributes to Michael Jackson and Jimi Hendrix.
The season kicks off in October with a jazz tribute to Jackson called "The MJ Experience," where jazz musician Irvin Mayfield turns the King of Pop's hits into jazz tunes.
It continues with "Hendrix in Harlem," a celebration of the rock legend whose career began at the Apollo when he won an Amateur Night in 1964.
The Apollo will also partner with AFROPUNK to present "Unapologetically Black: AFROPUNK’s Race Music," which pays homage to black protest music.
“We are proud to be a home for artists of all backgrounds, whether developing their craft and creating new works or celebrating Apollo Legends like Michael Jackson and Jimi Hendrix,” said Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo Theater.
“Our 2016-2017 season features talent from right here in Harlem and around the globe, and we are thrilled to welcome our audiences for a diverse season of music, dance, theater, comedy and conversation.”
The season also includes the Apollo Music Café, Apollo Comedy Club, which features up-and-coming comedians, and the theater's famous Amateur Night at the Apollo.
The season will also include a Salon Series, which is a one-week residency for artists from across disciplines develop and test new work.
A complete listing of events can be found at www.apollotheater.org.
Tickets for some events, such as the The MJ Experience, are currently on sale. Others, such as "Hendrix in Harlem," go on sale September 1, 2016. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or at the Apollo Theater's box office, 253 West 125th Street.