Live at the Apollo. An Apollo Theater & Gregg Field Production. One Night Only. March 9, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
The Apollo Theater will present a special one night only concert celebrating artist, activist and Apollo legend Nina Simone with “Nina and Me: Ledisi Celebrates Nina Simone Live at the Apollo.”
Helmed by soulful singer-songwriter and 12- time GRAMMY Award Nominee, Ledisi, the evening will feature Ledisi performing the timeless music of Nina Simone alongside some of her own, chart-topping hits. Eight-time GRAMMY Award Winner Gregg Field, –Ella 100: The Apollo celebrates Ella Fitzgerald; A Hot Time in Harlem – 70 Years at the Apollo Theater; The Kennedy Center Honors; The Grammy Hall of Fame Awards; Frank Sinatra, A Man and His Music– returns to the Apollo as concert producer.
Since its inception, the Apollo has been known for promoting up-and-coming talent and supporting artists’ journeys to greatness. Like countless musical stars and cultural icons, Nina Simone got her start on the Apollo stage, which continues to preserve her legacy to this day. Since her introduction to the Apollo’s infamous crowd in 1959, Nina Simone became a regular at the Theater, performing more than 15 times throughout the 1960s. Her week-long stint with Lee Morgan, Al Hibbler and the Buddy Rich Big Band was a highlight in her illustrious career, quickly earning her the nickname the “High Priestess of Soul.”
“A consistent theme in our programming this season is the concept of the artist- activist and continuing to spotlight artists who use their work to express their point of view and perspective. No one embodies this spirit more than Nina Simone,” said Kamilah Forbes, Apollo Theater’s Executive Producer. “The Apollo stage has always been a home and safe place for artists to express themselves authentically. Ledisi exemplifies Nina’s fearlessness, and is the perfect artist to convey her rich history on the Apollo stage.”
“Her legacy lifted me and reminded me to be proud of my skin and embrace the walk I was given. I hope she can feel how much I love her,” Ledisi said, of Simone. “She has saved my life so many times. Her music lets me know I am not alone in my journey.”
Ledisi is a 12-time GRAMMY-nominated vocal powerhouse who has wowed fans ever since she came onto the scene. She’s earned a place in the pantheon of the best soul singers of her generation. Ledisi is a favorite of The Obamas and has performed eight times at the White House.
Her fans include icons, legends and current chart-toppers like Prince, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Kehlani and more. She has headlined two national sold-out tours, performed alongside Richie Sambora, Dave Matthews, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks, Jill Scott, Maxwell and many more.
Ledisi released her ninth GRAMMY nominated studio album Let Love Rule, which features John Legend, Kirk Franklin, and B.J. The Chicago Kid among others.
TICKET INFO: Tickets for Nina and Me are available at the Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale now.
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