You’ve seen them on The Tonight Show, now experience the real thing: Three-time Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group The Roots are coming to the Momentary.
Hailed as one of the “Twenty Greatest Live Acts in the World” by Rolling Stone, don’t miss your chance to see these multi-platinum hip-hop pioneers live and in-person outdoors on the Momentary Green.
Kicking off the performance is experimental music collective KOKOKO! Backed by a bank of custom electronics, this band from the Democratic Republic of the Congo redefines what music is and how music is made.
See you there.
This concert is presented as part of the Momentary’s Live on the Green Concert Series on the Coca-Cola Stage.
$55 General Admission
Reserve your spot online or by calling the Box Office at (479) 657-2335 today.
* Student tickets available to all guests under 17 or those with a valid student ID, presented upon entry. Limited quantity available.
** Premium tickets include access to a dedicated standing area. Limited quantity available.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The Roots have consistently elevated music and culture as one of the most influential and impactful hip-hop collectives of all time. Founded by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the three-time Grammy Award-winning multi platinum group went from rapping on Philadelphia corners all the way to gigs at The White House, a longtime stint as the “house band” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and billing atop their own annual festival The Roots Picnic. Among numerous classics, they changed hip-hop forever with 1999’s platinum Things Fall Apart—which Rolling Stone named one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and Pitchfork graded 9.4-out-of-10. Their Grammy Awards include Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “You Got Me,” Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “Hang On in There,” and Best R&B Album for Wake Up. As a live phenomenon, The Roots made history as the “first hip-hop group to perform at Lincoln Center,” and Rolling Stone lauded them as one of the “Twenty Greatest Live Acts in the World.” Black Thought and Questlove served as executive producers of the acclaimed AMC documentary series, Hip-Hop: The Songs That Shook America, and also launched their own film and television production company Two One Five Entertainment and locked down a first-look deal with Universal Television Alternative Studio and Universal Television. With their twelfth full-length album on the horizon, The Roots level up again and bring the whole culture with them.
KOKOKO! is a collective born in Kinshasa capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a creative collision of different artists which fused at a block party. It consists of musical instrument inventors from the Ngwaka neighborhood, electronic producer débruit, Makara Bianko (aka the Lingwala devil), and his dancers bursting forth from the Lingwala neighborhood. KOKOKO! is best known for creating an aesthetic all their own by rewiring and up-cycling materials such as metal, cans, engine parts, and plastic containers found in Kinshasa’s streets into vital sculptural resonant dance music. Their distorted, fast rhythms and spontaneous, lo-fi electric sounds provide the chaotic soundtrack for the city’s harsh yet abundantly creative realities.