Backstage at the Apollo

Monday, 24 October 2016 - 5:00pm6:30pm

Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street

Backstage at the Apollo

A Conversation

Billy *Mr. Apollo* Mitchell

Tour Director and Ambassador, Apollo Theater

Harlem's Apollo Theatre. Legendary. Life-changing. Culture-shaping. Host to Billy Holliday, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, BB King, Count Basie, the Motown Acts, Moms Mabley, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Wynton Marsalis. The list goes on.

Join us for this special evening with Billy Mitchell, the Apollo's resident historian and official tour guide, who started running errands for the theater in 1965 as a 14-year-old kid. Memories you don't want to miss.

Cosponsored by Vice Provost for Faculty, Vice Provost for University Life, Penn Humanities Forum, Departments of Africana Studies, English, and Music, Center for Africana Studies, Annenberg Center, and African-American Resource Center.

Event is free and open to the public.