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Apollo Theater

This is a music hall in Harlem, New York City. This institution has been the site of more than a few historic moments: Ella Fitzgerald’s first performance happened here in 1934; Live at the Apollo, recorded in 1962, practically launched James Brown into the mainstream; and a young Jimi Hendrix won an Amateur Night contest in 1964. In spite of its storied history and excellent decor, this living link to the Harlem Renaissance feels rather comfy inside. As of late, the theater has attracted most famous comedians (Aziz Ansari, Tracy Morgan, Jim Gaffigan) and lots pf rock stars (Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen), while still welcoming under-the-radar talent to its famed Wednesday Amateur Night.

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