The Roots To Headline Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Inaugural Celebration

The Roots are also, famously, ‘The Tonight Show’s’ house band as well as much-revered hip-hop pioneers.

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Philadelphia-based hip-hop pioneers The Roots have been confirmed as the headline act to perform at the celebration for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Lt. Governor, John Fetterman’s inauguration on 15 January. Wolf and Fetterman, will officially be sworn in to office earlier on the same day at the Capitol in Harrisburg.

The Roots, described by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest live acts in the world,” are The Tonight Show’s official house band. The group has been nominated for 12 Grammys and won four in the R&B categories. Most recently, the group announced they are developing an animated children’s series along with a live action children’s series in partnership with Amazon.

The inaugural celebration will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Tickets for the celebration can be purchased on the event’s official website.

“We are looking forward to spending the night celebrating with the people of Pennsylvania, and we wish Governor Wolf and Lieutenant Governor-elect Fetterman the very best as they begin their new term,” The Roots said in a statement.

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Rob Ghormoz and Giancarlo Stefanoni, co-executive directors of the inaugural committee, said, “Governor Wolf looks forward to an evening showcasing the very best of Pennsylvania, and The Roots have made their home state proud every step of the way with their talent and successes.”

Elsewhere in Roots news, Urban Legends released a new black vinyl edition of the band’s acclaimed conceptual project, Undun, on 30 November. On the Billboard chart, the album hit No. 2 on the Top Rap Albums chart, No. 4 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 17 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

Originally formed in Philadelphia in 1987 by Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter and Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson, The Roots are known for their jazzy and eclectic approach to hip-hop featuring live musical instruments and their work has consistently been met with critical acclaim.

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