Last night, British songbird Adele stopped by to sing her current hit that has changed the way we’ll greet people for years to come: “Hello.” As you can probably imagine, she tears it up. Check it out below. You’ll love it — even if you’re sick to death of hearing the song.
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Last night on The Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon could barely contain himself when he announced to the audience that a new The Tonight Show-themed thrill ride will open at NBCU’s Universal Orlando Resort in 2017. It’s called “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Over the past two weeks, it was announced that two legendary Philly music venues would be closing their doors. First it was North Star Bar, which will remain open as a eat-and-drink-only establishment, and yesterday, South Street’s Legendary Dobbs (formerly known as J.C. Dobbs) informed us on Facebook that it’s closing for good. As we wrote, both establishments had their flaws, but they both played home to a handful of major bands before they were famous. The White Stripes played at North Star Bar in 2001, and J.C. Dobbs hosted everyone from Nirvana, Green Day, the Indigo Girls and, according to Questlove’s Instagram account, they put the Roots on stage when few others in the city would.
The Tonight Show host JimmyFallon will zip down to Philly after a taping of his show on Monday to speak at a special ceremony inducting his house band, the Roots, into the Philadelphia Music Alliance’s Walk of Fame. The sold-out gala is taking place on October 26th at the Fillmore.
Fallon’s participation in the event has become somewhat of a Tonight Show tradition. JohnnyCarson was here in 1989 when EdMcMahon was inducted, and, in 2010, Jay Leno‘s longtime music director KevinEubanks scored a plaque along the Avenue of the Arts.
Questlove has his hands in lots of pots, but between being part of one of the most respected bands in hip-hop, writing books and serving as The Tonight Show house band drummer, he never seems to forget where his, um, roots. He brings his talents to Philly often, recently DJing at the brand new Fillmore and, of course there’s the Roots Picnic, but he’s aware of his civic duties to the city, too. Case in point: Today, the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP) announced that Questlove has joined their Board of Directors.
Psychedelic dream rockers Tame Impala have produced nothing less than an experience with third album Currents. Complemented by British electronica singer LA Priest, the Australian group will bring their latest era to the big stage. Main tickets have been sold out, but you can still get your hands on some from third-party resellers. Listen before you go: "Let It Happen." Monday, October 5th, 8 pm, Tower Theater.
While the lineup has had some shifts, namely Avicii and Fetty Wap dropping from the roster, the show will go on at Penn's Landing to close out this year's Forbes Under 30 Summit. The show will feature rapper A$AP Rocky, electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling, Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, and sibling-trio Hanson. Tickets are free after registration with charity group Global Citizen, and VIP tickets are also available through Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Listen before you go: "F**kin' Problems" by A$AP Rocky. Tuesday, October 6th, 6 pm, Festival Pier at Penn's Landing.
Stevie Wonder needs no introduction, continuing his performance tour for Songs in the Key of Life. The classic double-LP debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart in 1976, and is heralded as a cornerstone for both Wonder's legacy and American music. Listen before you go: "Isn't She Lovely." Wednesday, October 7th, 8 pm, Wells Fargo Center.
Adam Young, also known as Owl City, brings his "On The Verge" tour to Philly after the summer release of dance club-friendly Mobile Orchestra. He will be joined by Rozzi Crane, the San Fransisco pop singer who is the first to be signed to Adam Levine's 222 Records. Thursday, October 8th, 8 pm, Trocadero Theatre.
Philly native Kurt Vile is back for another sold-out performance after playing Johnny Brenda's with his band The Violators last week, just days after the release of b'lieve i'm going down… The indie rocker's sixth album brings dark introspection and folk twang, while aiming for a "back-to-the-couch" songwriting approach. Listen before you go: "Pretty Pimpin." Friday, October 9th, 8:30 pm, Union Transfer.
Philly singer-songwriter Laura Shay has a strong and soothing voice that, like the city itself, rings of northern and southern influence. A self-described occasional musician, Shay is a full-time speech-language pathologist that bares her creative soul in powerful acoustic melodies. Listen before you go: "I Take It All." Saturday, October 10th, 8 pm, Tin Angel.
Another Philly great is set to break in the brand new stage at the Foundry, the top floor of new venue The Fillmore Philadelphia. The Roots musician and producer Questlove will close out next weekend DJing at the Fillmore's "club within a club." Listen before you go: Questlove DJ Set. Sunday, October 11th, 11 pm, The Foundry, The Fillmore.
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Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, legendary singer-songwriter Art Garfunkel joined Philly’s Questlove and Black Thought (aka the Roots as Black Simon and Garfunkel) for a rendition of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” As Pitchfork points out, the breathy performance is worthy of classic Simon and Garfunkel, and they even throw in a little of 1970 S&G hit “The Boxer” at the end. Check it out above.
Sunday night, JustinBieber grabbed the world’s attention when he shed tears on stage at the VMAs, but later in the week, he was making Questlove cry.
The Biebs stopped by the Tonight Show Wednesday to talk about his VMA performance and what he’s up to next. Before he left, host JimmyFallon reminded him of a drum-off he and Questlove had five years ago, in which the Philly-born drummer triumphed.
Legendary comedian Don Rickles has made a career out of ribbing people—so much so that, in the comedy world, it’s considered a badge of honor to take an insult from the 89-year-old funny man. But his no-holds-barred jabs aren’t restricted to comedians. Last night, before he even got comfortable in his seat on the Tonight Show, he went straight for house drummer and Philly native Questlove, who had just finished playing Rickles’ intro music with the Roots.