New York City: Sunday Harlem Gospel Tour
- Duration: 4 hours
Having launched the careers of countless African-American musicians, the Apollo Theater in New York City's Harlem neighborhood ranks amongst the most important venues in the United States. Here are some of the events that shaped The Apollo's rich history.
Though built in 1913, The Apollo didn't receive its name until it was opened to black patrons in 1934. It became one of the most important institutions for African-American music.
After a popular Elm tree in front of the theater was chopped down, the stump was relocated inside and performers started the tradition of rubbing the stump for good luck.
The Apollo's legendary Amateur Nights were the start of many an illustrious career. In 1934, the 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald became one of the first Amateur Night success stories.
James Brown's 1962 recording "Live at the Apollo" was a huge success, spending 66 weeks on the Billboard charts and motivating many others to also record their shows at The Apollo.
Michael Jackson's 1967 Apollo debut with the Jackson 5 propelled him to fame. He performed at the venue throughout his career and a tribute was held there upon his death in 2009.
The Apollo still hosts their famed Amateur Nights. They're one of the venue's most popular events so check their schedule and book your ticket in advance to snag a seat to this musical highlight.
If you hope to cap your night of soulful music with some authentic soul food, the area around The Apollo is brimming with excellent restaurants. The landmark restaurant Sylvia's is located two blocks away!
The best word to describe this trip is: OMG I LOVED IT! We got more then our expectations would ever dream of! And our guide, Deborah - WE LOVED HER! A truly amazing woman who knows her history and keeps the “life” up in the tour group. We loved the church and the community and they were so welcoming to us. A true gospel service with “hallelujah” and singing and music. Worth every dollar!
The tour guide, Alvin, was so informative and engaging. He really enhanced the tour through the various areas in NY and and into Harlem. Attending the gospel church service was an amazing experience and something I would definitely do again. Highly recommend this tour!
This tour is a hidden treasure. George was knowledgeable and incorporated the right balance of history, perspective, and humor into his presentation. I now have a much more nuanced view of this part of the city and look forward to returning to explore more.
An excellent insight into the area with a very knowledgable guide. The stops were informative and not too long or taxing. The Gospel service we attended was enjoyable and enlightening. A good time was had by all in our party
Serge est le guide parfait Il m’a réconcilié avec New York and le faisant découvrir Harlem Sa connaissance de New York et des USA en général et son professionnalisme sont exemplaires Philippe