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. Held rain or shine.
$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 an outdoor tented lounge and premium bar, plus a reserved standing-room-only zone located immediately in front of the front-of-house sound and light mixing tent. 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.
Katsu is a four-piece band focused on creating the next generation of tasty genre-bending funk-blues and prog-jazz while keeping an eye on the pulse and context of modern music. Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, Katsu is the brainchild of Baaqir Salaam, the guitarist and vocalist, backed by Duncan Ragsdell on bass, Tom Cooper on keys, and Devin Howard on drums. Named after Japanese fried food, they mirror the unhealthy amount of grooves that defines their music.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Entry: Entry to the concert is located just west of the parking garage. Please be ready to show your mobile/printed tickets along with a valid ID.
- Run of Show: 6 PM GATES OPEN | 8 PM KATSU | 8:45 PM KOKOKO! |10 PM THE ROOTS
- Re-entry: No re-entry will be allowed for this show.
- Parking: Please park in our parking garage located next to the 8th Street Market at 801 SE 8th Street. Reserve your spot here.
- Note: There is an 8′ height limit for the garage.
- Seating: This event is standing room only—folding chairs and other seating is not allowed.
- Bag Policy: You can bring one clear bag into the venue that is not larger than 12” x 6” x 12”, or a single one-gallon plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar). Exceptions for diaper bags, medical devices, and media apply—learn more here.
- In addition, you can also carry a small clutch purse, no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”, with or without a handle or strap.
- Bags will be screened as you enter. Security has final say on what is and isn’t permitted.
- Fun Food and Drink: Hungry or thirsty? Enjoy the culinary creations of the Momentary Food Truck and fun beverages from the RØDE Bar before and during the show. No outside food or beverages will be allowed.
- Cashless Event: Bring your credit or debit cards as we’re 100% cash-less.
- Photos and Video: Capture your favorite concert moments with a point-and-shoot camera or your phone. But please leave professional cameras, drones, selfie sticks, tripods, detachable lenses, and audio or video recording devices at home.
- Prohibited items will not be admitted or checked. Please leave these items at home or in your locked vehicle:
- Large bags, coolers, and ice chests.
- Pop-up shade tents, umbrellas, kites, frisbees, and air horns.
- Weapons of any kind, even if you have a permit.
- Laser pointers, glow sticks, and illuminating objects are strictly prohibited.
- Fireworks, fuel, or explosive/combustible materials of any kind.
- Illegal substances of any kind.
- Pets and animals (Except for certified Service Animals)