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Watch Camila Cabello and The Roots Perform “Havana” With Children’s Instruments on Fallon

Camila Cabello returned to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday to perform her solo smash "Havana" in the style of the show's "Classroom Instruments"
Tosten Burks / January 18, 2018

Watch Black Thought’s Ridiculously Virtuosic 10-Minute Hot 97 Freestyle

Don't be fooled by his current status as the leader of the Jimmy Fallon house band or his recent acting role on The Deuce: Black Thought…
Andy Cush / December 14, 2017

Phrenology at 15: How the Roots Hit a New Peak With Their “Anti-Roots” Album

Before they were Jimmy Fallon’s house band, The Roots were generally remembered as being part of a vanguard of artists in the ‘90s…
Brian Josephs / November 28, 2017

Watch The Roots’ NPR Tiny Desk Concert

The Roots crew recently paid a visit to NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters and managed to fit themselves behind the Tiny Desk to deliver a short performance.
Brian Josephs / October 30, 2017

The Roots Teach a Schoolhouse Rock-Style History Lesson About Slavery on black-ish

On Tuesday night's season premiere of black-ish, an episode centered around a musical history lesson on Juneteenth, an animated version of The Roots gave viewers a…
Monique Melendez / October 4, 2017

Watch Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, and More Perform at Charlottesville Benefit

Last night, A Concert for Charlottesville, an all-star benefit concert hosted by Charlottesville natives Dave Matthews Band, was livestreamed on various platforms. The show took place…
Winston Cook-Wilson / September 25, 2017

Watch Pete Townshend, Alfie Boe, & The Roots Play “Love Reign O’er Me” On Fallon

Pete Townshend and tenor Alfie Boe teamed up in 2015 for Classic Quadrophenia, an orchestral reimagining of the Who’s classic 1973 double-LP. And last night, they…
Peter Helman, Stereogum / September 9, 2017

Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, and Dave Matthews Band to Perform at Free Charlottesville Concert

Dave Matthews Band will host a concert in their hometown of Charlottesville, VA in response to the white supremacist protests that claimed the life of…
Brian Josephs / September 6, 2017

Watch Kesha and the Roots Play “House of the Rising Sun”

About a week ago, Kesha appeared on the Tonight Show to perform "Praying" and promote her new album Rainbow. Today, the show released some bonus content from…
Anna Gaca / August 18, 2017

Listen to the Roots Cover the Twin Peaks Theme on Fallon

Kyle MacLachlan stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote the upcoming revival of Twin Peaks, in which he stars as Agent Dale Cooper.
Winston Cook-Wilson / May 12, 2017

Solange, Lil Wayne, and Pharrell to Headline Roots Picnic 2017

The 10th annual Roots Picnic will be headlined by Lil Wayne, Solange and Pharrell with the Roots. The one-day Philadelphia festival will also include sets…
Taylor Berman / February 20, 2017

Watch Stevie Wonder Serenade Michelle Obama With “Isn’t She Lovely” and “My Cherie Amour” on Fallon

Michelle Obama's final talk show appearance as First Lady successfully booked more talent than the entirety of Donald Trump's inauguration week, starting with musical guest Stevie Wonder, a…
Anna Gaca / January 12, 2017

Paul McCartney, the Roots, and Sing Cast Team Up to Perform “Wonderful Christmastime” for Fallon

The latest gem to fall out of The Tonight Show is an all-star choir performing an a capella rendition of "Wonderful Christmastime." The roster includes the…
Brian Josephs / December 21, 2016

The Roots Will Perform at the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans

The Roots are scheduled to tip off the 66th NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans on February 19. They are the second confirmed performers of…
Winston Cook-Wilson / December 16, 2016

Watch the Roots Perform “Super Mario Bros.” Theme With Shigeru Miyamoto

The Roots get to let their inner nerd out every once in a while as The Tonight Show's house band—like when Questlove cheesed after hitting Phil Collins'
Brian Josephs / December 8, 2016
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