Doors open: 5:00 p.m.
Formed in 1987, in Philadelphia, PA, the legendary Roots Crew, consists of Black Thought (MC), Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (electronic keyboards), F. Knuckles (percussion), Captain Kirk Douglas (electronic guitar), Damon Bryson (sousaphone) and James Poyser (electronic keyboard).
Having previously released 12 projects, The Roots have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys, including “Best R&B Album” for Wake Up!, “Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance” for “Hang in There” (with John Legend) and “Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance” for “Shine.”
The ensemble was also nominated for “Best Rap Album” for the 2011 release of undun. Additionally, The Roots have also become the faces of Philly’s “Fourth of July Jam,” an annual concert held during the Fourth of July with the biggest names in music, and “The Roots Picnic,” a yearly star-studded mix of musicians, that has become a celebrated institution during awards season.
Named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone, The Roots are the official house band on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon where they currently perform every Monday- Friday.
Feel free to bring to following items to this event:
- Low-profile chairs
- Re-usable water bottles/canteens and Take Note Initiative Silipints
- Personal cameras without detachable lenses