Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop…

the roots

Do you understand that the essence of Hip-Hop, ne, of all music, is the sound of the drum and the timbre of the voice. Thunder and lightening. Or enlightenment, as in the case of Black Thought.

You should already know that I fux with the Roots hardbody. If I had a trust fund to lean on I would just follow them around the country like people used to do Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. I don’t have that advantage so I have to carefully plot out my Roots experiences.

I feel like the band has been in my New York City backyard as much as they used to come out here back in 1995. That was in the old days of the Wetland’s, S.O.B.’s, Tramps, Black Lily and Spitkicker. Back when Rawkus Records really mattered. This time I’m taking full advantage of their artistry. My advice to all my friends on this site is to do the same. You won’t know what you have missed until it is gone.

OKayPlayer posted their summer tour schedule today and there are more dates listed than I expected. In the back of my mind I think that the Roots are really the RoBots because these fools don’t stop performing. Last month they came to NYC to tape the Jimmy Fallon show, afterwards they performed behind Etta James and then later that night I caught them at the Highline Ballroom for their weekly Jam Session. Who the fuck grinds this superfluously (shouts to Roget’s for that one)?!?

Like I always say partypeople, “get in where you fit in”…

Saturday 6/27/09 Chicago Rock The Bells @ First Midwest Bank Ampitheater
Sunday 6/28/09 Detroit Rock The Bells @ DTE Energy Ampitheater
Tuesday 6/30/09 Cleveland @ House of Blues
Wednesday 7/1/09 NYC Jam Session @ Highline Ballroom
Thursday 7/2/09 Minneapolis @ First Avenue
Friday 7/3/09 Milwaukee @ Summerfest
Saturday 7/4/09 Philadelphia Welcome America Celebration on Ben Franklin Parkway
Sun 7/5/09 Burlington, VT Festival @ Burlington Waterfront Park
Tues 7/7/09 Lansing, MI @ Common Ground Festival
Weds 7/8/09 NYC Roots Jam @ Highline Ballroom
Fri 7/10/09 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Outdoor Pool
Sun 7/12/09 Baltimore/DC Rock The Bells @ Merriweather Post
Tues 7/14/09 NYC Roots Jam session @ Highline Ballroom
Sat 7/18/09 Boston, MA Rock The Bells @ Comcast Center
Sun 7/19/09 New York, NY Rock The Bells @ Jones Ampitheater
Tues 7/21/09 NYC Roots Jam session @ Highline Ballroom
Fri 7/24/09 Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgota Casino
Sat 7/25/09 Burnaby, British Columbia, CAN @ Deer Lake Park
Tues 7/28/09 NYC Roots Jam session @ Highline Ballroom
Sat 8/1/09 Montreal, CAN @ Osheaga Music Festival
Sun 8/2/09 Grand Bend Ontario, CAN @ Cutting Edge MusicFestival
Tues 8/4/09 NYC Jam Session @ Highline Ballroom
Saturday 8/8/09 Los Angeles, CA Rock The Bells @ Glen Helen Ampitheater
Sunday 8/9/09 San Francisco, CA Rock The Bells @ Shoreline Ampitheater
Monday 8/10/09 NYC Roots Jam Session @ Highline Ballroom

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  • latino heat

    8/8/09 rock the bells in the Bay Area! it’s not actually in San Fransisco by the way, it’s actually in a town called Mountain View. for some reason they always refer to it as San Fransisco though even though it’s about 40 miles away from there.

  • latino heat

    oops. i meant 8/9/09.

  • Pierzy

    Co-Sign to the fullest. The Roots are the truth…not only do they rep Philly all over the world, but they make us proud too [ll]. They’re always around and accessible to anyone and everyone…just good dudes that are musical savants. If you’ve never seen them live, I highly recommend it. It’s like no show you’ve ever seen before.

    • Azhar

      Philly Stand way up…….i just wish we would show the roots crew some more love in Philly….We don’t appreciate them the way we should… That’s why they rarely perform in Philly like they do all over the world especially New York….They been holdin it down…. Man Roll Up!

  • Jame

    Unreal live. My old band opened for them twice in PA. Got to chill with them a little before they went on and they were like nothing was even about to happen. Crazy humble and they just walk out on to any stage and destroy every performance. Waiting on the new shit.

  • geico lizard

    If jimmy fallon isnt there no one will show up.


  • Moving Sideways

    Rock The Bells – Chicago


    Summerfest – Milwaukee

    Be jealous.

  • DV8

    Roots Ban Stan since “Things Fall Apart”. I gotta catch either the Vegas show or the Sco show. Most likely the Sco though. Rock The Bells is gonna be crazy! Cant wait!

    • DV8


      Bring Back Rawkus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • anutha_level

    fuk man…these niggaz don’t ever come to hawaii.


  • EmCDL

    Oh fux yes I’m definitely gonna be at the Rock The Bells concert in August down here in LA! Looking forward to see them perform! COMMISSION!

  • Master CHeef

    Roots are the motherfucking bomb, and not just at hiphop, The Seed 2.0 was one of the greatest rock songs ever made [in my opinion (obviously)]

  • bblancoh

    this is one of those times that i hate living in hawaii!

  • lol

    roots feel off big time , thats why theyre a house bad for jimmy fallon.

    sasha grey in video = conscious rap fail

  • latino heat

    co-sign lol on the Sasha Grey in a Roots video is a huge fail. why is she so popular anyway? she has the body of a 12 year old. maybe i should ask Bol.

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Tru Life is a fuckin idiot!!

  • Hanch

    Man the Roots are the Truth for real, them boys stay putting out Great Music…Sucks from looking at that listing that they aren’t coming to Indy, I may have to try and Travel to Chicago or Detroit or Hell Even Cleveland to catch a Show!! The Roots Would be great in Lucas Oil Stadium Downtown Indy, that sound of theirs would be perfect with the way they have built or set up the audio in that stadium…DAMN

  • chillin mayne

    notice how they have no shows at all in the south…im from houston, before yall talk bout im from new york hatin the south…but the south dont know about music with meaning to it so im not surprised…dat rick ross concert gone b sold out tho, ugh…

  • KingTime

    Спасибо!, в цитатник!

  • Александр

    Мне понравился ваш блог, особенно дизайн

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