With an approach that has continually pushed the boundaries of hip-hop, jazz, soul and beyond, Philly-based band the Roots played the Roseland this past Friday. Differing from the usual more production methods that most hip-hop groups favor, they instead play with a primary focus that uses live instrumentals. Besides their own sizeable catalog of work, the band began in March on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as the show's resident band.
The group played the Roseland in front of a jam-packed crowd. During their encore, in addition to selection of their best works, the floodlights came on and they blew the lid off the place with perfect licks from “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns and Roses as well as Led Zeppelin's “Immigrant Song” and the ozzy fingers flew. They killed it.
After the show was over, Questlove headed directly to the Someday Lounge just a few doors down and played a live set of his personal choices. This was as eclectic as the group's style itself, ranging from swing jazz, old school hip-hop, blues and more. He gave the crowd a collection of music that is rarely (if ever) played in one place at once and served up a perfect example of why it should be. He kept the needle to the record and played until it was time to shut down.
Keith Casper's photos
Arian Stevens' photos
Photos by Keith Casper and Arian Stevens