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Felix Hernandez, G. Keith Alexander and More Team Up for 50 YEARS IN THE GROOVE, Salute to New Federal Theatre

The virtual Event will take place on Saturday, November 14.

Felix Hernandez, G. Keith Alexander and More Team Up for 50 YEARS IN THE GROOVE, Salute to New Federal Theatre

Two of New York's most beloved radio hosts, Felix Hernandez (WBGO's Rhythm Revue Dance Party) and G. Keith Alexander (WBLS from 1973-2017), are teaming up November 14, 2020 for "50 Years In The Groove," a Rhythm Revue salute to Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre (NFT). It'll be an evening of music and celebrity interviews celebrating the history and achievements of one of America's longest-running and most prominent Black theaters, which is now in its 50th season.

On Saturday, November 14 an evening of dance music and remembrances will be streamed from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on the New Federal Theatre website ( and on Harlem America (, a radio podcast channel founded recently by G. Keith Alexander. The evening will adapt the festive style of DJ D-Nice's "Club Quarantine" to theatrical subjects. Celebrities attending will include actors Danny Glover, and Robert Hooks and singer Sarah Dash (co-founder of Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles). These stars and surprise guests will chat with NFT founder Woodie King, Jr. about the Theater's storied history. Their interviews will be interlaced with a very dance-able 70s-'80s Rhythm Revue that has been selected and mixed by Felix Hernandez to recreate the aural environment of New Federal Theater's formative years.

G. Keith Alexander will emcee and moderate the discussions. Listeners will be able to do more than dance to the mix: since the program will be powered by YouTube, audience members will be able to log in and leave comments.

Admission is free but donations will be gratefully accepted.

This evening is the brainchild of Valerie Graves, Petronia Paley and New Federal Theatre's Audience Development Committee. In the course of the evening, attendees will be able to register for breaking news of NFT's upcoming virtual productions. Now in its 50th year, the theater is eagerly pivoting to the "new tech." So far this season, its virtual productions have included a poetry jam honoring the powerful voices who invigorate today's Black verse and a series of retrospective playreadings in which five rarely-done yet noteworthy plays, all previously produced by NFT, were recreated by accomplished actors.

Technical supervisor for "50 Years In The Groove" is Kai Deveraux Lawson.


Felix Hernandez started his career as a producer and radio journalist while in college. In the 1980's, he independently produced the award-winning radio series BluesStage, which had a 6 year run on over 200 NPR stations. He also worked extensively as a journalist with WBEZ (Chicago) and NPR. In 1986, Felix joined WBGO with the classic soul and dance music show Rhythm Revue. The program has also aired on New York's WBLS, WRKS ("Kiss-FM"), WTJM (Jammin' 105) as well as Sirius/XM. In 1991, he started the Rhythm Revue Dance Party, an event which, over 22 years, helped facilitate the revival of the Roseland Ballroom and continues to sell out venues throughout the New York metro area.

G. Keith Alexander, born and raised in Chicago, started at the Chicago station WGCI and was a leading host on WBLS in New York from 1973 to 2017. He is now a voice-over actor. His on-camera appearances include "The Intern" (2015), "Final Rinse" (1999) and "Osa" (1986). This year, he is founding the podcast network Harlem America to be a "Total Black Experience in Entertainment, Empowerment and Health & Wellness."


Since March 17, 2020, DJ D-Nice has used his Instagram feed to stream DJ sets from his apartment in downtown L.A. The shows, billed as "Club Quarantine" or "Home School," have emerged as the place-to-be musical happenings of the lockdown: dance parties with a buoyant mix of disco, funk, soul and hip-hop that have drawn hundreds of thousands of virtual revelers and a range of celebrities including Rihanna, Oprah Winfrey and Joe Biden.

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