Visitors may think they know this venerable theater from TV’s Showtime at the Apollo. But as the saying goes, the small screen adds ten pounds: The city’s home of R&B and soul is actually quite cozy. Known for launching the careers of Ella Fitzgerald, Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo, among others, the Apollo continues to mix veteran talents like Dianne Reeves with younger artists such as the Roots and Lykke Li. For a taste of classic New York, check out the Apollo’s now-legendary Amateur Night showcase, which has been running since 1934.
You can’t truly call yourself a music fan until you’ve worshipped at the altar of one (or more) of these classic New York music venues. Icons like Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross and James Brown have all graced these stages. Plus, it’s pretty much guaranteed that some of the best NYC concerts of 2017 will take place at these venues. So book your tickets, grab a date, hit one of these legendary venues for a concert and follow it up with a nightcap (or two) at one of the city’s most romantic bars. It makes for one hell of a unique date idea.
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