Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Kamal Gray, F. “Knuckles” Walker, Captain Kirk Douglas, Damon “Tuba Gooding Jr.” Bryson, James Poyser and Mark Kelley make up the hip hop group The Roots. The band is perhaps best know for their role as the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The song “Here I Come” has been the show’s theme since they joined in 2009. They left for The Tonight Show when Fallon took over as host in 2014. The band has also released over a dozen albums, collecting numerous Grammys as well as other awards.
Tickets will be handed out at the Union Square, Brooklyn, Queens, Paramus, North Paramus, Yonkers, Carle Place and Totowa locations as well as the Guitar Center at Time Square on August 5th at 12PM. Details here.
The Roots at the Best Buy Theater
1515 Broadway, New York, NY
Time: 8:00 PM
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The Roots Are On Fire
The Roots are one of those bands that doesn’t really need an introduction. Even if hip hop isn’t your cup of tea, there’s a good chance you know who Questlove is. Not only are The Roots an award-winning hip hop act, they also moonlight as Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show band. On their 11th album, …And Then You Shoot your Cousin, the band continues their legacy of creating great tracks. Read more…
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WATCH: Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Roots Perform Funkadelic’s “Standing on the Verge of Getting It On”
…and then you shoot your cousin is the prolific Roots’ eleventh album, coming quick on the heels of their 2013 collaboration with Elvis Costello, Wise Up Ghost, and their 2011 Grammy-winning album, Undun. Despite the short time between these releases, The Roots somehow manage to maintain the high bar they set for themselves with the thoughtful and thought-provoking cousin. Read more…
Wawa Welcome America’s 4th of July Jam is back again and this year it’s better than ever. Billed as “the largest free concert in America,” the event goes down over the 4th of July weekend on the Ben Franklin Parkway with the Art Museum as the backdrop.
The Wawa Welcome America festival is a week long series of events. This year, everything kicks off with a new event, the Liberty Block Party, on 6/28. The day long event will feature live music and delicious food, but at this point we still know very little about what will happen aside form its location (The Shops at Liberty Place). Among other free events open to Philadelphians are a parade, and of course, the always popular Wawa Hoagie Day.
But the big event is certainly the 4th of July Jam. As usual, The Roots will be here fulfilling their role as the house band. In perhaps their most impressive lineup yet, this year’s event features Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, Aloe Blacc, Jennifer Hudson, and Ariana Grande. The event will also feature Vicci Martinez, Season 1 finalist from The Voice. Questlove’s Instagram seems to hint at some possible surprise guests. Two years ago, the Philly legends brought out Lauryn Hill.
As usual, the 4th of July jam will be free. But tickets will be available for reserved seated area. You can follow Wawa Welcome America on Twitter for opportunities to win prime seating for the show. The 4th of July weekend is quickly shaping up to be a star-studded event. In addition to all of the talented performers headed to our area for the 4th of July Jam, Mr. and Mrs. Carter will also be in the neighborhood on July 5th for their co-headlining tour.
Wawa Welcome America 4th of July Jam
Friday, July 4
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