Go ahead and file The Roots under one of the live bands you have to see once in your lifetime.
Somehow, The Roots have been around for damn near three decades. Earlier this year their iconic jazz/hip-hop fusion record Do You Want More?!!?!!?! turned 20. They've become a household name in America through their gig as the house band on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
The Roots remain as busy as ever and are somehow finding the time to embark on a 4 city mini-tour that features a stop at The Warfield in San Francisco on Wednesday October 21. Almost as quickly as they took on the Tonight Show spot, the Roots released their 11th LP, And Then You Go And Shoot Your Cousin, which shows that The Roots are just as concerned with societal unrest in America as politically focused hip-hop artists like Kendrick Lamar and D'Angelo.
(Note: This show has been moved to the Regency Theater)
From a production standpoint, their fully instrumental sound has become even more cinematic, through deeper explorations into strings and orchestral piano like on the stunning “The Coming”:
There's no better way to experience The Roots than seeing them live. This is a group who's sound was born to be played in front of a live audience; hip-hop with a stand-up bass, a roving tuba player, one of the most underrated MC's in the business in Black Thought and one of the most important drummers and bandleaders of the last two decades in Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson.
It's bucket list clean-up time if you've never managed to see The Roots before in your lifetime, or it's just another opportunity to see the greatest live hip-hop act in the world. Recognize.
The Roots at The Warfield
Wednesday, October 21st, 8pm
All ages (bring your kids, they'll be better for it)