New Yorkers will be paying homage to the great Billie Holiday this year during a special one-night-only event at The Apollo to kick off the 2017 Harlem EatUp! Festival, a 7 day festival, May 15-21, that offers an exciting sampling of Harlem’s sights, flavors and sounds, from artists of the kitchen, canvas, stage and streets.
The tribute will feature nearly ten different acts, showcasing artists performing songs from the Billie Holiday discography, as well as a special performance by the Alvin Ailey Dance Company of its modern piece “Portrait of Billie,” which originally premiered in 1959 at Jacob’s Pillow. Also announced for the ticketed event is the gospel influenced jazz singer Lizz Wright; the Detroit soul singer Bettye LaVette; Taj Mahal’s daughter Deva Mahal, a vocal powerhouse blues singer; seventy-seven year old Stax recording artist and soul-legend William Bell; the great singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster; and more to be announced in coming weeks. Net proceeds from the evening tribute will go to the Harlem EatUp! Foundation.
What: Homage to Billie Holiday
When: Tuesday, May 16th, Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm
Where: Apollo Theater: 253 West 125th Street, Harlem, New
ABOUT HARLEM EATUP! FESTIVAL:
The third annual Harlem EatUp! festival, taking place in Harlem, New York, celebrates the food, culture and spirit of Harlem from Monday, May 15 through Sunday, May 21, 2017. This highly anticipated weeklong festival represents the spirit of Harlem while paying homage to its roots. Founded by award-winning chef and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz, President of the event marketing firm, Karlitz & Company, Harlem EatUp! is committed to highlighting the distinct culinary experiences, music, history,
culture and art of Harlem. A variety of events, both free and ticketed,
will be held throughout the week. Website: www.HarlemEatUp.com // Instagram: @HarlemEatUp // Twitter: @HarlemEatUp // Facebook: Facebook.com/HarlemEatUp
ABOUT HARLEM EATUP! FOUNDATION
The Harlem EatUp! Foundation’s mission is to strengthen community by supporting the people, cultures and non-profit organizations that empower Harlem. Net proceeds from the concert will go to two non-profit organizations that have a direct impact on the Harlem Community: City meals on Wheels and Harlem Park to Park.