This Grammy-winning hip hop group is coming to Detroit in September!
On Wednesday, September 1, the critically-acclaimed hip hop band The Roots is coming to The Russell Industrial Center. They’ve been awarded three Grammys over their nearly 35-year running and named one of the greatest live acts by Rolling Stone, and now’s your chance to catch them in an intimate venue.
The Roots was originally formed in 1987 by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. Over the course of their career, they’ve grown to several members, making them “hip-hop’s first legitimate band” according to ThoughtCo. They are currently the house band on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where Questlove is also the musical director, and previously served as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
The show also features performances from two acts local to Detroit: Slum Village and Karriem Riggins. Originally a trio, Slum Village is now a hip hop duo composed of rapper T3 and producer Young RJ. Producer Karriem Riggins will play a DJ set. Riggins is well-known for having served as a jazz drummer and producer for numerous artists including both Slum Village, and The Roots. He’s also worked with Kanye West, Kaytranada, and Earl Sweatshirt.
The show will take place in the Russell Industrial Center, a former industrial factory designed by famous Detroit architect Albert Kahn. In 2003, it was renovated to create studio space for artists. The former factory now hosts numerous arts and culture events alongside the Russell Bazaar and the People’s Art Festival.
Doors will open at 7pm with the show running from 8pm to 11pm. The event is 21+ and will require a valid ID.