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Cuba Gooding Sr. graces Apollo Theater stage one last time as family bids the singer farewell at memorial


Cuba Gooding Sr., the late R&B soul singer who sang lead vocals for the legendary “Main Ingredient”, was memorialized at the Apollo Theater on Saturday.

As lead vocalist of the Grammy nominated “Main Ingredient” since 1972, Cuba Sr. lifted the group to world prominence with such hit songs as “Everybody Plays The Fool,” “Just Don’t Want to be Lonely,” “Rolling Down a Mountainside,” “Happiness is Just Around the Bend,” “You’ve Got To Take It (If You Want It).” Other “Main Ingredient” chart-toppers were “You’ve Been My Inspiration,” “Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling in Love), “I’m So Proud” among many others.

Some 150 people, including his children Omar, April and Tommy, turned out for a heartfelt sendoff to the late Gooding at the landmark only blocks from his childhood Harlem home.

His son, Oscar-winning offspring Cuba Gooding Jr. did not attend the two-hour memorial, according to the family.

Gooding Sr. served as front man for The Main Ingredient, joining the band just in time for their biggest charting hits: “Everybody Plays the Fool” reached No. 3 in 1972, and “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely” hit No. 10 in 1974.

Gooding Sr. was found dead April 20 inside his silver Jaguar in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles in the middle of the afternoon.

The cause of death remains under investigation, with reports indicating police suspected a drug overdose.


D’Angelo to Headline the Apollo Theater in Harlem

D'Angelo w. Guitar

After a 15-year hiatus, D’Angelo is officially back — and he’s better than ever.

D’Angelo played a sold out concert on Saturday night (Feb. 7) at the legendary Apollo Theater. It was the very first date of his “Second Coming” tour (which kicks off a European run on Thursday before coming back to the States in March) in support of his latest release, ‘Black Messiah.’ The venue is so small that it only accommodates 1,500 people but one of the city’s most intimate and sonically satisfying theaters. I was so lucky to be one of these 1,500.

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D’Angelo announces The Second Coming Tour



D’Angelo and the Vanguard will spotlight their Black Messiah in greater detail when they perform at Harlem’s Apollo Theater on February 7th, their only U.S. date before embarking on a month-long trek of Europe.

D'Angelo - Black MessiahImmediately following the Apollo gig, D’Angelo will head to Europe for “Second Coming Tour” centers mostly around shows in Germany, with additional dates scheduled in the UK, Sweden, and Switzerland. According to a press release, the shows will see D’Angelo and his band The Vanguard “combine many popular hits with new songs and fresh interpretations of covers.”

 D’Angelo 2015 Second Coming Tour Dates:

02/11 – Zurich, CH @ Volkshaus Zurich

02/12 – Frankfurt, DE @ Hugenottenhalle

02/14 – Berlin, DE @ Halle

02/16 – Paris, FR @ Palais Des Congres

02/17 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham

02/18 – Manchester, UK @ Apollo

02/20 – London, UK @ Apollo

02/24 – Hamburg, DE @ Docks

02/27 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene

02/28 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet

03/02 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

03/06 – Koln, DE @ Tanzbrunnen

03/07 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National






Harlem’s newest burger joint “Harlem Shake”



Harlem’s newest burger joint “Harlem Shake”

Harlem Shake, which opened less than a month, already has lines out the door and unreasonable waits for its burgers and shakes.

Fortunately when Harlem2Nippon dropped by, the line wasn’t that long we ordered a classic cheeseburger ($6.95), regular fries ($3.50), and the signature Harlem Shake ($5.75) which is a ‘red velvet’ shake. If you’re a fan of Shake Shack, you’ll love Harlem Shake!  The burgers taste virtually identical (to me, at least) — and you can taste the freshness and the quality of the beef. The fries are light, crispy, and taste like they were cut today. Outstanding. Sweet yam fries ($4.50) were sprinkled with sea-salt and go perfectly with beer.

Croatian born owner Jelena Pasic said her goal is to make Harlem Shake, located on the corner of Lenox Avenue and West 124th Street, a neighborhood institution. She plans to do that by serving tasty burgers and catering to the area while also attracting the many tourists who frequent Harlem. “I tried to find a niche that wasn’t filled,” said Pasic, who has partners in the venture, including her husband, who is the head chef. “It was a no-brainer that Harlem needs a good burger place.”


Harlem Shake Dance

Pasic said the inspiration for the name of her restaurant came from the original 80’s dance Harlem Shake which was made famous by Hip Hop artists like P. Diddy and G. Dep. In 90’s (Remember the song ‘Let’s Get It’?)

They pulled the vintage 50’s retro theme off nicely without looking too kitschy. This joint was designed to look like it opened decades ago. Not far from the Apollo Theater this is a great spot to grab a decent burger after the show as it opens until 11pm on weeknights and 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s a nice addition to the neighborhood.

Harlem Shake
100 W. 124th Street
New York, NY  MAP
(212) 222-8300

11am – 11pm (weekend 2am)