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Watch The Who team up with The Roots and Jimmy Fallon for a performance of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” featuring classroom instruments.
Watch The Roots perform the classic pop hit “More Today Than Yesterday” at the intimate New York City jazz club Django.
The Roots have unveiled the lineup for the 2019 Roots Picnic, which is set to include sets from H.E.R., 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Raphael Saadiq vs. Soulquarians, Tank & The Bangas and more.
Watch Weezer, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots perform A-Ha’s classic 1984 hit “Take On Me” on classroom instruments.
Celebrate Questlove’s birthday today by watching a mini-documentary about The Roots’ first day as house band on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.’
The Roots will head down the East Coast for a five-show Holiday Tour 2018 that ends on New Year’s Eve.
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About The Roots
The Roots are the influential and critically acclaimed Philadelphia-based band — described by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest live acts in the world” and by the Boston Globe as the “greatest hip-hop band in the land”. The band has paved the way for live instrumental rap and has won numerous awards for its jazz-influenced, eclectic approach to hip-hop, including two Grammy’s and a 2007 NAACP Image Award.
Since their debut album “Organix” in 1993, The Roots have developed a diverse fan base and have played such notable venues as NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, Lollapalooza, Montreux Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center and the Apollo Theater, performing over 200 shows annually. The Roots have hosted the highly anticipated Jam Session, which takes place each year the evening before the Grammys. Their music has been heard in numerous television shows, video games and movies such as Entourage, Project Gotham Racing 4, and Super Bad. “Illadelph Halflife,” the follow up to the band’s first major-label release, “Do You Want More?!!!??!,” reached the Top 40 on Billboard’s album chart and the top five on the rap charts with their single “Clones.” Their 1999 release “Things Fall Apart” reached No. 4 on the Billboard chart and 2004’s “The Tipping Point” debuted in the same position.
The Roots’ lineup includes original members rapper/MC Black Thought (Tariq Trotter) and Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson (drums), who met in 1987 and were classmates at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts. They later added Owen Biddle (bass), James “Kamal” Gray (keyboard), Frank “Knuckles” Walker (percussion), Kirk “Captain Kirk” Douglas (guitar) and Damen “Tuba Gooding Jr.” Bryson (saxophone), James Poyser.
Watch five amazing ‘Classroom Instrument’ covers from the ‘Tonight Show,’ featuring Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and special guests.
Listen to Chris Cornell’s perfect isolated vocals on Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.”
Phish keyboardist Page McConnell celebrates his 56th birthday today, watch him performing with members of the Grateful Dead.
Trey Anastasio released Ghosts Of The Forest live videos featuring “Halfway Home, “If Again,” “In Long Lines” and “There’s A Path Above” this week.
Watch Eric Clapton tear through Prince’s “Purple Rain” for just the second time ever as part of the encore from his third and final 2019 Royal Albert Hall concert in London.