Once a dominant force in American pop culture, the Apollo Theater can still draw a crowd to Harlem's 125th Street.
The famed theater turned 80 this year and celebrated the milestone with a star-studded benefit concert, headlined by Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole. The gala paid tribute to the Apollo's legacy of launching the biggest names in entertainment, from Ella Fitzgerald to Stevie Wonder.
"Almost everybody that was anyone in black music came through the Apollo. You know all of the comedians, all of the musicians, all of the big bands," said T.S. Monk, a jazz musician who watched his father Thelonious Monk perform on the Apollo stage as a child. "I mean, how many places have that kind of history for any genre of music? It's like the Grand Ole Opry."