Apollo Theater, which is one of the most famous music venues in the world, located on 125th street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.
“Amateur Night”, which is a performing competition among amateur artists held every Wednesday, has made this theater well-known. Many famous musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Michel Jackson, and more, were discovered here.
I have been to amateur night three times and watched some artists. Approximately five participants perform every week. The uniqueness of this program is that the audience decides the winner of the night; they choose three performers who will go to the next level. I was surprised that it could be a really severe competition since performers were not able to choose the judges so they might say boo if they didn’t like the performance. Although, if the performer was brilliant, we cheered for him or her so that would bring the performance to a higher level.
Tickets for the show are reasonable so everybody is encouraged to buy them. There are three levels of seats and the fee depends on which level you select. So you must go to the Apollo Theater, which will give you a new whole light on the city of New York.
– Kohsuke Uchino –