The Roots are on tour this summer, but a homecoming in Philadelphia is not on the program
The Roots take time off from their day job, but the work doesn’t stop for Black Thought, Questlove and company.
The legendary Philadelphia hip hop group recently announced the “All The Way Live” summer tour, an 11-show tour starting August 12 at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Bandshell. The bad news, however, is that Philly won’t be honored with one of their electrifying concerts during this time – something many fans were quick to point out when Questlove shared the dates in a post on their Instagram page.
Responding to someone who wanted to know why North Carolina was also left out to dry, the drummer said, “I only have 14 days off! #DayJobStill ”, referring to the band’s nighttime gig in“ The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon ”.
The Roots typically perform in their hometown every summer at a festival they host at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Fairmount Park. With the COVID-19 pandemic shaking up live shows, however, the past two years have been anything but typical. the Roots Picnic 2020, which would have included a headlining performance by Meek Mill, from Philly, has been canceled. The group chose to go virtual instead and called on former first lady Michelle Obama to organize an evening of concerts broadcast on YouTube.
Questlove recently told Inquirer’s Dan DeLuca that the group were planning to host the picnic in October 2021 at the Mann Center but ultimately had to cancel.
“The Roots picnic will not take place in 2021,” he said. “But we are coming to 2022!
If you’re up for travel, The Roots will have several shows near Philly during their summer tour, including Baltimore and Montclair, New Jersey. Check out the full schedule below.
• August 12: Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell)
• August 21: Chautauqua, NY (Chautauqua Amphitheater)
• August 22: North Adams, MA (MASS MoCA)
• August 27: Baltimore, MD (Hippodrome Theater)
• August 28: Montclair, NJ (Wellmont Theater)
• August 29: Boston, MA (House of Blues)
• August 31: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (stage AE)
• September 1: Detroit, MI (Russell Industrial Center)
• September 3: Cincinnati, OH (ICON Music Center)
• September 4: Chicago (Ravinia festival)
• September 5: St. Louis, MO (The Factory)
For those in need of a quick hip hop fix, check out this video of the band recently performing their hit “You Got Me” at MGM Grand Las Vegas before being joined on stage by comedian Dave Chappelle to cover “Creep” from Radiohead.
You should also press play on the new Black Thought audio story, titled “7 Years”. As part of Audible’s Words + Music series, the virtuoso MC recounts his life – from his childhood in Philly to co-founding The Roots with Questlove – in seven-year increments. Speaking of Questlove, you can watch his award-winning directorial debut, “Summer Of Soul (… Or, When The Revolution Couldn’t Be Televised)” on Hulu and in select theaters.
A deluxe version of the band’s second album, “Do You Want More? !!! ??! “, Has also been published recently and includes “a host of remixes / bsides / songs that never made the album,” Questlove said in an Instagram post.