Apollo Music Café

The Apollo Music Café series is designed to bring independent, cutting-edge artists to a forward-thinking audience.
Featuring diverse performances across a myriad of genres (R&B, hip hop, soul, jazz, pop, funk, and rock), this monthly series showcases artists drawn from the independent music scene who are destined to impact the way music is heard and experienced.

This season, all programming will stream for free on the Apollo Digital Stage.

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Apollo Music Café: J. Hoard

Saturday, November 7 at 9:00pm ET

If anyone were to lead a music revolution, it would be the New York-based singer and songwriter known as J. Hoard. He is the former vocalist of the legendary curated hip-hop jam session The Lesson in the Lower East Side and has become a staple in the urban and traditional music scenes. Praised by Downbeat magazine, J. Hoard’s compositions easily shift in genre and communicate his love of the Black Church and allure of the Great White Way. His songwriting and performance credits include Chance the Rapper, hip-hop royalty Jean Grae & Quelle Chris and a host of jazz/experimental artists such as Sonnymoon, Javier Santiago and Meshell Ndegeocello.

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Apollo Music Café: Madison McFerrin

Saturday, December 5 at 9:00pm ET

A chameleon of song and voice, Madison McFerrin has found her place as a storyteller and musician. With handclaps, loops and finger-snaps, she weaves a warm, rich, colorful fabric of sound that often culminates into an orchestra of one. Questlove dubbed Madison’s style as “soul-apella.” The New York Times remarked that she “shows wonderful vocal dexterity, deftly swerving from sharp, clearly enunciated staccato bursts to fluttery, free-form melismata.” Beyond the stage, Madison’s one-of-a-kind vocals can be heard in episodes of Comedy Central’s Broad City and HBO’s Random Acts of  Flyness.

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Apollo Music Café: STOUT

An artist whose name evokes strength and power, Stout commands a stage with shape-shifting vocals that can turn a whisper into a roar. Whether performing solo or with a band, Stout masters her own electrifying language of sound, music and technology. Stout has performed for audiences around the world and shared stages with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Missy Elliot, Gwen Stefani, Usher, Lenny Kravitz, John Mayer, and more.

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