The Roots and Jim James teamed up to play Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Bandshell on Tuesday night. The My Morning Jacket front man kicked off the show with a set heavy on material from his solo album and was followed by a set from The Roots. Jim James returned for a collaborative encore that started off with The Roots/Monsters of Folk track Dear God 2.0 and concluded with covers of I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Prince), Instant Karma! (John Lennon) and Use Me (Bill Withers).
Both James and The Roots have long professed their appreciation for soul legend Bill Withers, making the cover all the more special. Check out fan-shot footage of Use Me thanks to dillsnufus…
And here’s video of the rest of the collaborative encore…
One of the albums we’re most excited about that’s set for a fall release is a collaborative effort from the unlikely pairing of Elvis Costello and The Roots. Both Questlove and Costello have been talking about how great the album came out for the past few months and we’ll finally get to hear the end result when Wise Up Ghost hits stores on September 17.
[Photo by Tamara Weber]
Not only will Wise Up Ghost feature contributions from Elvis and the entire Roots Crew, but La Marisoul, lead singer of the Los Angeles group, La Santa Cecilia appears on the track Cinco Minutos Con Vos. Elvis describes the record as “the shortest distance between here and there” and containing “both rhythm and what is read” in a press release. Meanwhile, Questo states, “It’s a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies. I went stark and dark on the music, Elvis went HAM on some ole Ezra Pound shit.” Bring it on gentlemen! We’ll be on the look out for the first single.
The fourth annual Hangout Music Fest took place this past weekend on the sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. On Friday we mentioned that MTV would be webcasting many performances from Hangout, but on Saturday they changed the schedule and knocked off a number of the acts we were most excited to see including Tom Petty, The Black Crowes and Stevie Wonder. They did however webcast plenty of music and we’ve assembled a batch of them for your viewing enjoyment.
Here’s nearly all of the Trey Anastasio Band’s set…
We love The Roots’ willingness to tackle music from a variety of eras and genres in their role as house band for NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Some of the best music they make takes place during commercial breaks. An example of this could be found on Tuesday, when The Roots teamed with soul singer Bilal for a take on a Steely Dan classic that went mostly unseen by the television audience.
Drummer Questlove propels the beat, guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas adds a swagger-filled groove with choppy rhythm work while keyboardist James Poyser lays down impressive electric piano licks all while Bilal shows off his incredible vocal range during The Roots and Bilal’s cover of Black Cow. Check it out…
Jim James and The Roots really hit it off a few weeks back when the My Morning Jacket front man visited Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on two consecutive nights to promote his solo debut album. Double J and The Roots will collaborate for a one-night only event dubbed State of the Union: An Evening of Collaborative Performances on June 19th at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn.
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We can’t wait to see what these two HT faves come up with. No word on the Jim James / Questlove album both men alluded to back in February following Jim’s appearance on Fallon.
How do you promote a posthumous album by an artist who passed away over 40 years ago? In the case of Jimi Hendrix, whose People, Hell & Angels LP shot towards the top of the Billboard charts recently, you don’t have to look far to find someone willing to cover his music. On last night’s episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, soul singer Janelle Monáe performed Little Wing with The Roots to help promote People, Hell & Angels – though it wasn’t Monáe or The Roots who stole the show.
Janelle’s guitarist, Kellindo Parker, did Jimi proud by delivering a jaw-dropping solo in the middle of Monae and The Roots’ rendition of Little Wing. Between the solo, Monae’s impressive vocals and the always solid The Roots, this version of Little Wing was a winner on all fronts. Take a look…
Before and after Monday night’s performance of A New Life by Jim James (@jimjames) on Jimmy Fallon, show house band drummer Questlove (@questlove) professed not only his affection for the single from the My Morning Jacket frontman’s first solo LP, Regions Of Sound And Of God, but for the tune itself. Everthe prolifictweeter, Questlove raved about the chance to work with the Louisville crooner in a series of tweets culminating with James responding to the drummer’s desire for the pair to record together. Who knows what will come of the tweets below, but a Jim James/Questlove collaboration would certainly be something we’d like to see.
Made @jimjames promise me that if I ever made an honest woman outta some gal he will sing the EPIC song we did today on @latenightjimmy
It also wouldn’t be the first time the two collaborated for the studio, as James lent vocals and a sample of the Monsters of Folk track Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.) to The Roots for their version, Dear God 2.0, which appeared on their 2010 album How I Got Over. Check out the video of James with The Roots for that track below the tweets.
In what should come as a surprise to no one considering Questlove’s well-known love for The Purple One, The Roots have signed on as the house band for the Prince Tribute that will be held at Carnegie Hall on March 7th. The benefit concert is part of a series of annual tributes put on at the legendary venue by impresario Michael Dorf.
In addition to The Roots a number of other bands have been announced for the tribute. Blind Boys of Alabama. Booker T, DeVotchka, Living Colour, Madeleine Peyroux, The Waterboys and Talib Kweli will all perform at the event. More bands will be announced soon. Tickets are currently available now.
Keyboardist Chuck Leavell is near and dear to our hearts thanks to his work with the Allman Brothers Band and Sea Level in the ’70s as well as his more recent job as musical director for The Rolling Stones. Since the Stones are off tonight and Leavell is in town, he’ll head to over to 30 Rock where he’ll sit in with The Roots on tonight’s episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC.
[The Roots w/ Trey, Bobbyx2 and Warren - Whipping Post]
We know The Roots have Whipping Post down, so may we suggest that tune for one of the commercial breaks. Leavell appeared on Late Night twice during Rolling Stones Week in 2010.
Drummer for The Roots, record producer (and collector) extraordinaire, master tweeter – Questlove (@questlove) is a man of many talents, and you can add wedding photographer to the list. On Saturday actor/comedian David Cross married actress Amber Tamblyn at a ceremony “in the woods” in front of a group that included several well known actors and musicians. Also serving as the party’s DJ, Questlove has been firing off images from the event using the hashtag #weddinginthewoods, which included a performance from a pretty kick-ass wedding band in Yo La Tengo.
This weekend I went to the most awesome wedding ever. We had to camp in the woods. This sign greeted me. #wehttp://t.co/uKyRE8E2
Last night at Brooklyn Bowl, comedian/actress Maya Rudolph, vocalist Gretchen Lieberum and The Roots teamed up for a set of Prince classics. Rudolph and Lieberum, who go by the name PRINCEss, were clearly living out a dream and seemed to relish every moment.
A number of videos from the performance have surfaced so far via Brooklyn Glutton…
Former SNL and current Up All Night cast member Maya Rudolph has long been a fan of Prince, even going so far as to front a Prince cover band called Supersauce back in college. It had already been announced that Rudolph will be backed by The Roots tonight at the Brooklyn Bowl for a set of Prince covers. Now, Newsday reveals that the actress will perform a set of Prince songs tomorrow at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester during The Roots’ residency at the newly reopened venue.
Maya and her friend Gretchen Lieberum performed The Purple One’s Darling Nikki on last night’s episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but the Fallon show hasn’t posted a clip of the performance. That didn’t stop Gawker from posting it. Tickets are still available for tomorrow night’s show in Port Chester which features Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe as the opening act. If you’ll recall, The Roots’ residency opened earlier this month with a “worlds colliding” encore featuring Bob Weir, Grace Potter, Trey Anastasio, Bobby Keys and Warren Haynes. What will “Round Two” bring?
The recently reopened Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York might be best known for all the legendary performances that took place in the room in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, but last night more history was made at the famed venue as members of the Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, Phish and Grace Potter came together with The Roots to usher in a new era for The Cap at a benefit for HeadCount. For many in the room it was was their first visit to The Cap, which reopened on Tuesday with a performance from Bob Dylan, and it was hard not to be struck by the amazing renovation that brought the venue back to life. Impresario Peter Shapiro and his team put years worth of planning and construction into the historic venue which has left the area with a gem of a venue that features an arena-sized light rig, a state-of-the-art sound system and an unbelievable array of projectors.
The action started with a solo acoustic set from Grateful Dead / Furthur guitarist Bob Weir. Weir is in the midst of his second-ever solo tour and seemed comfortable on the stage as he delivered one Dead classic after another. After a few years when Bobby seemed to scream rather than sing, Weir’s voice currently sounds as good as it has since Jerry passed. Following a cover of Dear Prudence, Weir welcomed Warren Haynes, Grace Potter and Bobby Keys out as the evening’s first guests. Grace told the crowd she had never sang a Dead song before and that she wasn’t familiar with the tune they were about to play, Bird Song, and it showed. Potter scatted, be-bopped and wailed, leaving a texture behind the gorgeous version of Bird Song Warren and the Bobby’s laid down. Warren, Weir and Grace then combined forces for Jack Straw, a song Potter seemed to know, with Bobby and Haynes trading verses. Keys came back out for a raucous Jailhouse Rock.
Set 1 (Bob Weir, solo acoustic): The Music Never Stopped -> Me & My Uncle -> Friend of the Devil, Loose Lucy, Lost Sailor -> Saint of Circumstance, Peggy-O, Easy to Slip -> Dear Prudence, Bird Song*, Jack Straw**, Jailhouse Rock*
Warren Haynes and Grace Potter: Wild Horses, Gold Dust Woman
Set 2 (The Roots): Paul Revere, Proceed, The Fire, Quills, Swept Away, Next Movement, Dynamite, Mellow My Man, Break You Off, You Got Me, Get Busy, Thought @ Work, How I Got Over
Encore (All Star Jam): First Tube^, Bathtub Gin^, Pigtail&, Dancing in the Street@, Thrill is Gone@, Whipping Post@
*w/ Warren Haynes, Grace Potter, and Bobby Keys
** w/ Warren Haynes and Grace Potter
^ The Roots with Trey Anastasio
& The Roots, Trey Anastasio, and Grace Potter
@ The Roots, Trey Anastasio, Grace Potter, Bob Weir, Warren Haynes, and Bobby Keys
At the end of Jailhouse Rock Warren asked the crowd to give Weir a big hand and Bobby left Haynes, Potter and Keys on stage for a beautiful take on The Rolling Stones’ Wild Horses. As an example of the sheer awesomeness of The Cap’s projection system, images of psychedelic horses were painted on the venue’s walls during the Stones cover. The finale of the opening set found Warren and Grace teaming up for a scintillating cover of Gold Dust Woman off Fleetwood Mac’s famed Rumors album. The pair have been covering this song for over four years, with a particularly impressive version thrown down at the 2008 Jammy’s, and their familiarity showed.
A much rumored guest spot from former 70 Volt Parade front man Trey Anastasio at tonight’s HeadCount Benefit, which will be held at the recently re-opened Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York has reached the confirmed stage thanks to a tweet from Roots drummer Questlove.
Questo mentioned that Trey and previously announced guests Warren Haynes and Bob Weir will all sit in with The Roots during tonight’s show. Anastasio played with The Roots back on February 24, 2000 when they backed B.B. King for a performance of Rock Me Baby that was taped for Cap Theatre boss Peter Shapiro’s All Access documentary. Bob Weir will open the evening with a solo acoustic set.
Last night the famed Capitol Theatre in Port Chester re-opened after years of planning and renovation. On Friday, the historic venue will host a benefit for HeadCount featuring Bob Weir and The Roots.
In addition to the two headliners, HeadCount has just revealed that Warren Haynes, Grace Potter and Bobby Keys will be among the special guests rounding out the bill. We’re also intrigued by the “others are expected as well” part of the announcement. A limited number of tickets remain, so we recommend getting in on this while you can.