Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The Roots jam at Highline Ballroom, NYC 7/21/09
So, we have already established that ?uestlove is freaking amazing. (pictured above, quite appropriately, as a shining light)
Brian and i got into NYC yesterday, had dinner with Kelly, Ben, and Christian, and then made our way through the lonely Tuesday streets of Harlem to the subway. At the other side, near the Highline Ballroom, was a line hundreds deep for the 12:30am show.
The opening band was Bajah and The Dry-Eye Crew from Sierra Leone. Amazing. They satisfied some of my thirst to be back in Africa. If you're in NYC, B&TDEC will be at the Santos Party House next Monday, 7/27, with ?uestlove spinning.
Around 1:30, The Roots took the stage. The Roots kill. They are so tight and absolutely committed to risk the unknown for those transcendent moments only music can create among people.
I wish i could remember all the special guests, but the one who truly thrilled me was Marie Daulne (ZAP MAMA!). It has also already been established that she is freaking amazing.