The Roots Presents: The Jam


On Tuesday night, The Roots presented their weekly installment of The Jam or as Black Thought dubbed it — “the 10 dollar bill show.” By 11:30, the seemingly endless line of attendees stretched along West 16th Street in NYC. We headed right into Highline Ballroom & within minutes, the empty venue was packed. At midnight, “The Jam” commenced with a blues/jazz sax solo & a dedication to Slum Village member Baatin, who recently passed away.

Black Thought
, MC of The Roots, performed for the sold out crowd but The Jam wasn’t all about The Roots. Throughout the session, The Roots members & guests alike were able to shine. The bevy of talent present, transitioned on & off-stage seamlessly. Guitarists, singers, drummers, flutists, saxophonists & rappers got a chance to bask in the spotlight and the session turned into a “show ‘em what you got” improvisation. Special guests included Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew, a hip-hop group from Sierra Leone and Kansas City’s own, Grammy-nominated, singer/songwriter, Janelle Monáe. Dressed in a casual, all white ensemble, Janelle Monáe sang and showed off her great stage presence towards the end of the jam session.

The vibe was cool and it was obvious that the audience thoroughly enjoyed the high energy show. At the end of the 3 hour jam session, The Roots performed their newest single “How I Got Over” from their upcoming album of the same name. The live version, differing from the studio track, is infused with a more pronounced James Brown sound and Black Thought, Janelle Monáe & the audience danced as if the Godfather of Soul was in the building.

The Roots
“How I Got Over”

Next week Monday (8/10) is the last installment of The Jam series until September. If you’re a fan of The Roots, looking for a musical nightcap & aren’t worried about getting up for work a few hours later, then hurry up and purchase your tickets. This show is bound to sell out, as all previous shows have done. If you’re unable to see The Roots live, you can catch them on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They are the new house band.

The Roots
Captain Kirk Douglas (guitar) / ?uestlove (drums)

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  1. Anonymous says:

    shows are scheduled through November actually.

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