Photos: Ken Navarro and Lonnie Liston Smith at the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk

Historic theater celebrates first decade in all its refurbished glory

Ken Navarro brought his award-winning smooth jazz guitar and Lonnie Liston Smith (they appeared separately) his soulful funk to help celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Attucks Theater in Norfolk, Va. The theater had first opened in 1939 and was known as the “Apollo of the South” hosting performers such as Duke Ellington, Redd Foxx, Cab Calloway and many more African Americans who were not allowed to play the “white” venues. After 34 years it closed its doors and eventually became a men’s clothing store. Then in 1977 the United Stated Congress deemed the Attucks to be a National Historic Landmark. After a three year renovation the theater reopened in 2004 and has hosted jazz, blues, gospel and many more entertaining programs.

Ken Navarro in performance at the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, Va.
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Ken Navarro in performance at the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, Va.
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Ken Navarro in performance at the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, Va.
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Lonnie Liston Smith in performance at the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, Va.
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Lonnie Liston Smith in performance at the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, Va.
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Lonnie Liston Smith in performance at the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, Va.
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