Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Photos: The Roots @ Highline Ballroom

The Roots @ Highline Ballroom - November 29, 2011
Photos: Chloe Lee

Because you can see them every night in the comforts of your own home, it’s easy to forget how prolific a studio band The Roots actually are. Since 1987, when lead MC Black Thought and drummer ?uestlove formed the beginnings of the group in Philadelphia, The Roots have released thirteen(!) studio albums, their most recent being undun (which we posted about yesterday). How they manage to still release a new album every couple years, all the while backing up numerous rappers and singers (Jay-Z, John Legend, Common and Nas to name a few), plus appear on Jimmy Fallon five nights a week is something of an anomaly.

Needless to say, their live show hasn’t suffered in the least--despite the many factors that should result in extreme exhaustion for the group--and last night they proved as such by playing the Highline Ballroom to a sold out crowd, a feat they will repeat tonight and then again on December 5. Both upcoming shows are sold out, but a limited number of tickets will be sold at the door at show time. Photographer Chloe Lee was at the show last night and you can take a look at her photos below…

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