Woodland Park Zoo North Meadow Phinney
Sun July 22, 6 pm All Ages
Recommended by Kathy Fennessy
Few hiphop bands swing like the Roots—hell, few bands of any genre swing like this Philly octet. At a time when the genre was dominated by sample-based acts, they emerged as a jazz-funk neo-soul outfit with the swingingest MC next to Gang Starr's Guru. Over 12 studio albums, including 1999's landmark Things Fall Apart, Black Thought, Questlove, and crew have explored blackness from every angle, including the female perspective provided by formidable collaborators from Betty Wright to Erykah Badu. The Roots are now into their ninth year as late-night's premier house band, and the only thing they have left to conquer is, well, the zoo.