Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 20, 2014

Night at the Apollo Saturday

Tim Preston
The Independent

ASHLAND — The annual “A Night At The Apollo — Community Black History Month Program” will be Saturday evening at the J.B. Sowards Theatre at the College Drive Campus of Ashland Community and Technical College.

“We have 10 (performers) signed up. I think that ages are from seven to 52,” said Christine Stiers, one of the event organizers.

Stiers said this year’s A Night At The Apollo program will feature four amateur entertainers in the youth category and six performers in the adult division.

“We will have dancing, singing, guitar playing, a monologue and harmonica player,” Stiers said, noting the return of veteran solo-harmonica artist Ollie “The Big O” Palmer of Ashland for this year’s event.

Prizes for Apollo competitors are $200, $100 and $50 for the top three in the adult category, with the top three in the youth division winning $75, $50 or $25. Competitors pay a $5 entry fee, although there is no admission charge to attend the show.

Anyone who has not yet registered to participate is encouraged to sign up before the end of the business day.

“We would probably accept them as long as it is before 4 (p.m.) Friday,” she said, emphasizing the event is open to strictly amateur performers. “You can’t be a professional.”

Stiers said A Night At The Apollo relies upon volunteers to serve in various capacities, including master of ceremonies and judges. The local Black History Committee is also in need of new volunteers, she said, asking anyone interested in getting involved to contact either herself or Al Baker at ACTC by calling (606) 326-2422.

A Night at the Apollo, set to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, is both a performance venue and a talent contest for amateur solo and group performers in the Tri-State. For more information, call Christine Stiers at Highlands Museum & Discovery Center at (606) 329-8888, or email christine@highlandsmuseum.com.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.