WATCH: Jimmy Fallon and The Roots Do a Spot-On U2 Cover Performance

The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon was left without a musical guest yesterday evening, when scheduled performers U2 had to cancel last minute. Bono couldn’t make it because he was in the hospital recovering from an injury he sustained from a cycling accident.) So instead of scheduling another act last minute, Fallon took an even better route: He and his house band—Philadelphia’s The Roots—performed as Bono and U2.

“We already have the best band in the world—The Roots are here every single night,” Fallon said, before slipping into Bono’s glasses and cap and taking to the stage to perform a spot-on cover of U2’s 1988 hit “Desire.” Give it a watch above.

The Roots Create Foundation to Help Students at Philly’s High School of Creative and Performing Arts

A recent $1.1-million budget cut at the Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) left the school void of 19 teachers and staff members since it was instated in 2012, plus the loss of a handful of clubs and extracurricular activities and, sadly, the school’s annual theater production.

So what’s a creative arts high school without all that?

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SPOTTED: Questlove at Abe Fisher

Stopped by #AbeFisher during the @Forbes #30Under30Summit its a must experience if you like fine dining in #Philadelphia

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Questlove was back in his hometown yesterday for Forbes Under 30 Summit and stopped in for a meal at Abe Fisher. Questlove is quite the food aficionado also ate a fried chicken and waffle ice cream sandwich at the summit yesterday.

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PHOTOS: Questlove at Uniqlo Philly Love Fest

To celebrate the grand opening of its flagship store in downtown Philadelphia, at 1608 Chestnut Street, UNIQLO hosted a community-themed event at Smith Memorial Park Playground and Playhouse in Fairmount Park.

A fusion of Tokyo and Philadelphia culture, the ‘UNIQLO Philly Love Fest’ was an afternoon of activities for guests—everything from Japanese lantern-making and face-painting in the traditional Japanese styles of anime, manga and kabuki in Philadelphia team colors to Philadelphia bucket drummers and a DJ set by The Roots drummer—and Philly native—Questlove, which was punctuated with a performance by local break dancers.

There were also lots of carnival games where guests played to win UNIQLO gift cards, food truck vouchers and other UNIQLO prizes. There were food trucks serving up delicacies influenced by both Tokyo and Philly, including SPOT Gourmet Burgers, Steaks, & Pork and Street Food Philly.

See some of my photos from the afternoon below:



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DO THIS: Questlove Playing This Weekend at UNIQLO Philly Love Fest

Questlove001The Roots drummer Questlove is spinning a set in town this weekend at the free UNIQLO Philly Love Fest on Saturday, October 4th, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival, taking place at Smith Memorial Park Playground and Playhouse (3500 Reservoir Drive) is a welcoming celebration of sorts for the new UNIQLO store opening in Rittenhouse at 1608 Chestnut Street on October 3rd. The afternoon will feature all kinds of activities, like runway shows, carnival games, food trucks and a variety of kid-friendly shenanigans. But our eyes are on the closing affair:

Questlove will end the party with a free set from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

More information can be found here.

PHOTO: Hillary Clinton’s Down With the Roots

Philly Roots drummer Questlove posted this photo of him and former Secretary of State (and future President?) Hillary Clinton on his Instagram feed. The caption reads, “Most would say ‘ … so this happened’ … I’m like ‘yeah it’s Sunday night.'” 

The pair were attending an event during the weekend long Clinton Global Initiative 2014 Annual Meeting in New York City.

WATCH: The Roots and Jimmy Fallon Square Off On Family Feud

Last night Steve Harvey stopped by The Tonight Show to host a round of Tonight Show Family Feud that pitted host Jimmy Fallon (along with Jason Segel and show announcer Steve Higgins) against Questlove, Tarik, and James of The Roots.

The teams were asked to come up with alternative names for marijuana, and a fill-in-the-blank question that started “I love to play with my … ”

Check it out up top.

WATCH: Bradley Cooper, John Legend and The Roots Team Up for Eagles Campaign Video

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The Philadelphia Eagles released the latest video in its #FlyEaglesFly campaign, a new series of ads designed to promote the local NFL team’s upcoming season.

This time around the video, called “Everything and More,” features a collaboration between Philly’s Bradley Cooper and The Roots, and Penn alum John Legend. Cooper does the voiceover, an impassioned monologue about what the Eagles mean to the City of Philadelphia: “This is more than a team. It’s a family. It’s our family. This is more than a city. It’s our home. This is more than a game. This is everything … and more,” he says.

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Roots Manager, Producer Richard Nichols, Dies

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Billboard reports that Roots manager and producer Richard Nichols passed away today in a hospital in Philadelphia after struggling with leukemia. The Roots issued the following statement:

The Roots Family are devastated to announce the passing of Richard Nichols, the band’s longtime manager, after a long battle with leukemia. Nichols, 55, a Philadelphia native, managed the band from its inception in 1992, and was instrumental in every aspect of The Roots’ creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades. Nichols is survived by his wife, Mercedes Martinez, his sons Amiri Nichols and Rakim Nichols, his sisters Rochelle Nichols-Solomon, Rebecca Dennis, his brothers Russell Nichols and Reginald Nichols, and the many individuals and artists he mentored in his lifetime.

Read the rest of Billboard’s report here.

 

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