Latest The Roots Articles
- Dave Matthews Performs With The Roots, Maggie Rogers & Vusi Mahlasela At Apollo In The Hamptons Benefit
Dave Matthews was backed by The Roots and collaborated with Maggie Rogers, Vusi Mahlasela and more at the 10th annual Apollo In The Hamptons benefit on Saturday night.
Watch David Crosby perform with The Roots and discuss his documentary film with director Cameron Crowe on Tuesday’s episode of ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.’
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.
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Latest The Roots Setlist
The Roots at Hollywood Bowl
- The Return to Innocence Lost
- Act Won (Things Fall Apart)
- Table of Contents, Parts 1 & 2
- The Next Movement
- Step Into the Realm
- The Spark
- Without a Doubt
- Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New
- Double Trouble
- Act Too (Love of My Life) /Hip Hop 101
- 100% Dundee
- You Got Me
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.
The Revivalists enlisted Bob Saget for a cover of The Who’s “My Generation” as part of their set on Sunday at KAABOO Del Mar.
Ween returned to the stage for the first time in 2019 on Sunday for a full performance of their 1997 studio album ‘The Mollusk’ and more at Riot Fest in Chicago.
‘Not Not Jazz,’ a documentary film about Medeski, Martin & Wood, will premiere at the Woodstock Fim Festival in New York.
The Cars’ frontman Ric Ocasek has died at the age of 75.
Watch Neil Young dust off “New Mama” for the first time in over 40 years and welcome Norah Jones at Harvest Moon A Gathering.