Oscar winner Jack Nicholson, a true Hollywood star, made a rare appearance last night in the Hamptons at at music fundraiser for the legendary Apollo Theater. Nicholson, who is seen pretty much only at LA Lakers games and annually in the Hamptons, stays with art dealer Larry Gagosian in his East Hampton compound.
Lionel Richie, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Ciara and Jon Bon Jovi performed for a small room of people at The Creeks, who paid $10,000 a ticket to help the Apollo, Harlem’s booming beacon of culture. Usher is in town anyway for Monday night’s premiere of “Hands of Stone.” Bon Jovi lives in the Hamptons. Revlon sponsored the event.
Guests included the people who come every year, including Christie Brinkley, Lorraine Bracco, Don Johnson, Colin Powell, and Jennifer Lopez, who did not sing despite the presence of a live band. The dinner raised $5 million even though not a single performer had anything to do with the Apollo’s legacy as the home of R&B and soul music.
The Apollo event was one of many yesterday including the annual Artists and Writers Softball Game– which featured beloved NY Yankee manager Joe Torre; Michael Bolton’s annual charity dinner produced by Lawrence Scott; and AVENUE Magazine’s dinner on the Beach at Baker House.