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- Posted on Feb 13th 2009 4:00PM by Benjy Eisen
Beginning on March 5 and extending all the way until June 23, the versatile collective will take on a 14-show residency at the Highline Ballroom. The series is entitled 'The Jam' -- and jam, yes they will. The Roots have always been known as the hip-hop band that could rap, that could rock, that could roll like that. Even when they were Philly kids, they crossed the Hudson frequently, most notably in 2000 when they struck up a residency at the Wetlands Preserve. That legendary, but now defunct, venue wouldn't let them leave -- when their residency expired, they began hosting weekly 'BlackLily' parties, featuring open-mic opportunities for female artists (including Macy Gray and Jill Scott). In other words, expect a slew of special guests and chaos both structured and unstructured. And because too much is never enough, drummer ?uestlove is set to host his own weekly residency at Poisson Rouge, beginning this spring.
Looks like the Roots are about to grow deep and go big in Manhattan.