On Tuesday at the African American Museum, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced that the performers for Philadelphia’s 4th of July concert on the Parkway will be The Roots, Miguel and Jennifer Nettles. Read more »
A local legend is upROOTing from an NBC stage and returning home to rock out for a day. For the eighth year in a row, Pandora will host The Roots Picnic. To coincide with the festival, Pandora has released a special Roots Picnic mixtape that provides a bit of a retrospective of the epic lineup. You can hear that here.
Philly-bred Roots drummer Questlove took a trip to Cuba earlier in the year, and the whole thing is chronicled in a new documentary by Okayplayer that you can now watch on YouTube.
The film was directed by Jauretsi and Daniel Petruzzi. A synopsis: “In addition to two nights of DJing, Questlove made good use of his time in Havana, engaging in extensive cultural research both by digging up some classic Cuban-made vinyl and by visiting the legendary EGREM studios, where most—if not all—of those classic sessions were recorded.”
Check out the 13-plus-minute video above.
Madonna was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, and as you might expect she practically took over the whole show. Three Madge segments are making their way around the Internet this morning, including a performance of “Holiday” on toy instruments with Fallon and Philly’s The Roots. (What are those weird hand thingies Questlove is holding?)
Things are looking up for the Villanova piccolo girl, aka band member Roxanne Chalifoux. After the Wilcats were upset by N.C. State in the second round of the NCAA tournament, TV cameras showed Chalifoux crying while playing the piccolo. Everyone had a good laugh, and made a bunch of memes, because that’s what college sports are all about: Watching students cry after their dreams are crushed!
The Roots Picnic has quickly become one of Philly’s great summer concert traditions, a one-day, three-stage festival where the Roots come back to Philly and invite some of the best artists of all genres. Last year, The Roots were the backing band as Snoop Dogg ran through his hits. Biz Markie and Doug E. Fresh showed up. It was great. Read more »
WATCH: Jimmy Fallon, Questlove Sing “We Are the Champions” With Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera and More
Following last night’s Super Bowl Jimmy Fallon and The Roots paid tribute to the game by doing an a cappella version of Freddy Mercury’s “We Are the Champions” with a host of their famous friends—everyone from Sam Smith and Ariana Grande to Christina Aguilera. It’s a delightful watch for this oh-so-gloomy Monday. Check it out above.
In other Fallon Philly connections: Kevin Hart showed up to promote his latest film The Wedding Ringer, and got caught up in a lip sync battle with Fallon and Will Ferrell. Check that clip out below:
Much like their ditty with Mariah Caray last year, singing her infectious “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Jimmy Fallon and his Philly-bred house band, The Roots, teamed up with One Direction to sing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”—with toy instruments.
The guys add an extra special touch with their vert ugly Christmas sweaters, and lots of energy. Check out the video above.
Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Atlanta hip-hopper ILoveMakonnen (aka Makonnen Sheran) performed his much-raved-about “Club Going Up On a Tuesday” for the first time on television.
Pitchfork gave the tune “Best New Song” status in August, when it appeared on ILoveMakonnen’s latest EP, I Love Makonnen. There’s a remix featuring Drake, and Miley Cyrus has sung the song’s praises, but last night it was Philly’s The Roots who were there to back up ILoveMakonnen for his performance.
Check it out above.
woke up black. woke up sad……..again
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) November 25, 2014
You can follow Questlove on Twitter: @questlove.