Legendary, Grammy Award-winning hip-hop band The Roots will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a special concert at 6pm on Saturday, June 15th, at Kastles Stadium at The Wharf (800 Water St. SW). The showcase event will be held as part of the 2013 DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) and will feature opening act Snarky Puppy.
“We are thrilled to partner with the DC Jazz Festival and the Washington Kastles to bring one of the most beloved live bands in America to the nation’s capital for a very special performance,” said Erik A. Moses, managing director of Events DC’s Sports and Entertainment Division. “The Roots are the perfect complement to this year’s Festival, and we look forward to a memorable performance. “Hosting showcase events like this at Kastles Stadium at The Wharf is core to our Kastles’ mission of bringing our community together and creating a center of great activities,” added Mark Ein, Washington Kastles owner. “I know people from throughout our region will love the show.”
The brainchild of childhood friends Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, The Roots was named one of the greatest live acts by Rolling Stone Magazine. In addition to serving as the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the band hosts sold-out jam sessions across the country, collaborates on new works for contemporary performances (Lincoln Center, BAM, Kimmel Center), and consistently produces Grammy-nominated albums.
“We are excited to play the DC Jazz Festival,” said The Roots. “It’s great when we can get together and play music from our musical roots to an audience that can actually receive it! We are thrilled to be there.”