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Shaft Film Screening with Burnt Sugar Arkestra the Arkestra Chamber

February 29, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Shaft (1971) Film Screening
With Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber

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Saturday February, 29 / 8PM


Shaft (1971)
With Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber


In a special blend of film and music, Apollo presents a screening of the original 1971 Gordon Parks film Shaft, with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber in concert. Greg Tate, cultural critic and the founder/conductor of Burnt Sugar, leads a live performance that showcases the funk and sensuality of Isaac Hayes’ Academy Award-winning score. The title song, "Theme from Shaft,” easily ranks among the most memorable feature film themes of our time. It shot to #1 on the Billboard Top 40, and also won a Grammy Award for “Best Original Song.”

Shaft marked a milestone in Hollywood with a Black American director at the film’s helm, and the main character acting as a heroic Black detective taking on the mob and corrupt police force.

In true Harlem style, come dressed to impress in your best Black Power-inspired fashion. Celebrate Shaft and the host of 70s films that captured the style that continues to influence the fashion of today. Visit our style page to find a playlist and places to shop for inspiration for the screening.

This film is rated R. Suitable for ages 17 +.


 Shaft Style

Tickets start at $29
In person at the Apollo Theater Box Office
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Special Offer

Harlem residents, employees, and business owners and students can save 50% on tickets to this moving performance. Half-Off for Harlem tickets can be purchased in person at the Apollo Theater Box Office. Ticket buyers must provide proof of residence or work ID. Offer available only while supplies last.

Half-Off for Harlem for this production is supported by JL Greene Arts Access Fund in The New York Community Trust.

About Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber

Founded by Village Voice icon Greg Tate and co-led with Dayton Ohio monster bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious personnel allows them to freely juggle a wide swath of the experimental soul-jazz-hip hop spectrum.

Burnt Sugar was originally conceived as a forum for the New York area improvisational musician to compose, record and perform material which reflects the breadth and depth of American diasparan music in the 21st century. The intent of the Arkestra Chamber, through the deployment of Butch Morris’s conduction system, is to make every performance a fresh interpretation of its constituent parts.

Rather than limit ourselves to the straight jackets that the commercial recording industry uses to market contemporary Black Music, Burnt Sugar freely moves amongst many styles, eras and genres to devise its own exciting hybrids.  These hybrids are based on a solid foundation of various musical traditions and the use of cutting-edge music technology.  In this sense the group mission honors its deepest inspirations, the first post-modernists of American music – Duke Ellington, Sun Ra, Parliament Funkadelic and The Art Ensemble of Chicago.

This very accomplished crew has playing credits that range from Cecil Taylor, Charlie Musselwhite, Melvin Van Peebles, Lady Keir, Toshi Reagon, Vernon Reid, Arto Lindsey, DJ Logic, John Paul Bourelly, Gary Lucas, TV On The Radio, Tamar Kali, Mark Ribot, Phish, William Parker, Lizz Wright, The Holmes Brothers, Wadada Leo Smith,  The The, David Murray, Thurston Moore, and Joseph Bowie to let you know.

Photo Credit: Ant Blue Jr.


February 29, 2020
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Apollo Mainstage
New York, NY 10027 United States
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