The Roots at Stir Concert Cove

The Most Legendary Roots Crew performed at Stir Concert Cove in Council Bluffs, Iowa once again on Saturday, July 18th. This group started in Philadelphia circa 1987 at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts where Black Thought and Questlove first met. Only a decade later they were mainstream. And eventually they became Jimmy Fallon’s House Band. For this writer, who has been a fan of The Roots music for decades and seen them perform over a dozen times in half a dozen states, this show was nostalgic.

There were amazing flashbacks of memories circa 2003 when they played “Break You Off” from their album Phrenology. They also played songs like “You Got Me” and a rendition of Kool and the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie” that was great. The crowd was diverse and the atmosphere was energetic with every song. There was also DJ Iron as the opener, with some mad skills on the turntables.

Lastly, there was a sousaphone at this rap show. When Damon Bryson, also known as Tuba Gooding Junior, took the stage and performed solo, it did not feel out of place. Honestly, it felt perfect and he even walked into the crowd as he played. Check out the show video of his performance.

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