Drake to Perform at Apollo Theater in Harlem for SiriusXM Event

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On Tuesday, Drake and SiriusXM announced that the event would be aired live from the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. This is a rare club appearance for the performer since the capacity of the venue is just 1,500.

The event’s only description said, “Drake will play at New York’s legendary Apollo Theater.” The release states, “The exclusive SiriusXM concert will be Drake’s debut performance in the famous theatre,” but it will be the latest in a long line of exceptional, private events organized by the network there.

Drake To Make His Debut Performance At Harlem’s Historic Apollo Theater

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The network has previously offered concerts from the likes of U2, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Pitbull, and even this year’s Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but this will be one of the first from a rapper.

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In order to appeal to their most devoted audience, musicians often do private, one-off shows. Lady Gaga performed a shortened version of her Las Vegas setlist, which focused mostly on her hits and omitted the majority of the slower songs, while U2 presented an entirely different set than they did on their stadium tour (they started with three songs from their 1980 first album).

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The Apollo has served as a famous breeding ground for Black musical talent for almost 90 years, hosting the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, H.E.R., D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, and many more.

Drake to Play Harlem’s Apollo Theater

Since its initial “Amateur Night” competitions in 1934, the Apollo has been a harsh incubator for up-and-coming performers of all stripes and has been instrumental in the development of numerous musical subgenres, most notably jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop.

In 2016, SiriusXM donated $5 million to Apollo. The Apollo Theater’s Orchestra Level is now known as the SiriusXM Orchestra in honor of the generous donation and the numerous unique concerts hosted by SiriusXM at the theatre since 2010.