Posted in TV | hiphop | music | tour dates on February 11, 2009

Fallon and Questlove

"The Roots will star as the [house] band on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon! ...Don't worry, The Legendary aren't completely hanging up their hats for the day jobby job - there's still plenty of weekends and TV-vacation time for touring. But now, in addition to their stunning live show, you'll get to watch ?uesto and co. kick it EVERY week night- what's better than that?? We've heard talks of special guests, potential skits, and other exciting surprises, but you'll just have to tune in for all that. And you know OKP will have all sorts of ex-ex-ex-cluuusives, in addition to keeping you up to date on all that's going on Fallon-wise. [Okayplayer, December 2008]
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon replaces Late Night with Conan O'Brien on NBC on March 2, 2009. Seeing as how the show is filmed here in NYC, that's where the Roots are going to have to live from now on. That means not much touring in their future. That also means lots of NYC shows....

The Roots are taking residency at Highline Ballroom in NYC, their new hometown. Entitled "The Jam", tickets are on sale for shows on March 5, March 19, March 23, March 31, April 14, April 21, May 4, May 13, May 18, May 26, June 2, June 10, June 16, and June 23. That's a lot of performances. And they each only cost $10. I'm also told there will be lots of varying special guests.

But that's not all: Questlove also has a residency of his own, entitled 'the fANtastic', at (Le) Poisson Rouge. That "will take place every Thursday night beginning March 26, 2009 at 11PM through May 28, 2009. Special guests to be announced weekly." Tickets are slightly more expensive than the full Roots show. You can buy them for March 26 HERE.

For more Questlove, you can hear him talk, TONIGHT, 2/11 @ 7pm, at 92YTribeca with Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg.

AND: The Roots will appear at Carnegie Hall on March 16th. The show is entitled "Ask Your Mama! Music by Laura Karpman, on a text by Langston Hughes", and The Roots are one of many on this one's lineup. Tickets for that are at

Wait, it's not over yet: The Roots are opening for the Dave Matthews Band at Madison Square Garden on April 14th, and then at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ one day after that.

Jimmy Fallon and the Roots star in the series of videos below...



Comments (40)

wait, someone gave Fallon his own show?

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 2:33 PM

Jimmy Fallon is so mindnumbingly lame, i can't believe he has his own show

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 2:54 PM

Jimmy Fallon is a Red Sox fan, too, which is a huge problem.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 2:58 PM

that residency is pretty awesome. i've always wondered why big bands dont do that in their home bases. apparently back in the day when the dead weren't on tour they would play some small club every weekend in san fran and test out their new shit.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 3:09 PM

@ 3:09

exactly. that's also why the beatles were so good live - they played a year and a half long residency in the red light district of berlin, 8 hours a night sometimes. i wish more bands would learn to perform by doing shit like that.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 3:15 PM

This is great news, other than the bit about Jimmy Fallon. He can go fly a kite.

Posted by Beeeeeve | February 11, 2009 3:22 PM

@ 2:58:

Actually, Fallon is a die-hard Yankee fan (he was born and raised in NY). Which I find a little odd as his was in that stupid Red Sox movie with Drew Barrymore. No self-respecting Yankee fan would EVER be caught in Red Sox garb... even for a movie role.

Hell... Jack Nicholson refused to wear one for "The Departed". He even convinced Scorsese that being the lone Yankee fan in Boston should be part of his character.

Posted by wembley | February 11, 2009 3:28 PM

Anon 3:15 is either Malcolm Gladwell, the guy Gladwell rips off, or lame.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 3:37 PM

@3:15 - thanks, outliers.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 3:38 PM

what? Is is possible for Questlove to stop twittering and blogging long enough to get to these gigs? granted, he is hilarious, but how does he have time to do it all?

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 3:46 PM

2:58 here

@3:28: I stand blissfully corrected! I don't know where I got that from, but I couldn't agree more about wearing Boston gear. He must have gotten a fat paycheck for that flick, or just really wanted to make out with Drew Barrymore.

Also, you illustrated another reason, from a long list, why Jack Nicholson rules.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 3:50 PM

Hahaha ... you guys care about baseball.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 4:00 PM

This is insane. The Roots bring the pain!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 4:10 PM

on the other hand, playing too much can kill spontaneity. still this should kill.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 4:51 PM

Jimmy Fallon will be fired as the host of Late Night within the next 12-18 months--talk about a major no talent

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 6:08 PM

Does anyone actually like the Roots?

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 6:20 PM

I hate everything.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 6:37 PM

i hate you!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 6:46 PM

Anon 6:37 no nobody likes The Roots. Thats why they've been able to stay around for more than a decade.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 7:02 PM

good god is jimmy fallon awful.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 7:48 PM

Fallon is awful, but don't forget that this putative yankees fan was filmed on the field after the '04 Red Sox world championship clinching.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 9:05 PM

Wow. 14 shows at a "small" venue AND a night at MSG? Total psych hype. Roots live show is kind of blows. Oh, and their albums are kind of boring (I'll stand by Things Fall Apart). I think being the (presumably -- maybe they'll "break shit down" for Fallon viewers. Every night. How exciting.) cut-to-commercial-break band is an appropriate gig.

...I don't think I've ever tried so hard to appreciate a band as much as I've tried to like the Roots.

Posted by Kate Buss | February 11, 2009 9:30 PM

"Jimmy Fallon is a Red Sox fan, too, which is a huge problem."

Uh, Conan's from Boston or thereabouts.

The Wikipedia article about him says he's a diehard Yankee fan but doesn't cite a reference.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 11:22 PM

Questlove probably likes the Phillies

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 11:39 PM

^ Questlove's an asshole, in that case.

He can blow me.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 8:54 AM

all those highline dates and not one friday or saturday show WTF

Posted by Steve | February 12, 2009 10:54 PM

"all those highline dates and not one friday or saturday show WTF"

That's the best part! Fri and Sat are for boozing with friends that only got out on the weekend. Mid week works best for concerts.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 11:47 PM

why bother complaining about jimmy when you can focus on what's really important - the roots at the highline and qlove at le poisson rouge! i cannot wait to hear what q-love spins at lpr - i'm even more excited for this than when q-tip and rich medina started their weekly. who knows, rich medina might even show up at lpr, they are both from philly! he's got 50,000 records and he's always working hard at preparing his sets, which are gonna sound great on those speakers. prepare to get experienced roots crew style!

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2009 6:14 PM

They killed it last night! If you haven't bought tix to any of these shows yet, do it. It's well worth the...uhhh...TEN DOLLARS! Last night the guests were Antibalas, Walle(sp?), Bilal, Corey Glover, Dice Raw, Dee Dee Bridgewater(!), and a couple extra guitar players, one of whom is from Soulive. It was a sick, sick show. They just jam in and out of stuff, do whatever they're feeling, people come and go offstage, etc. Very chill, you should check it out if you can.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2009 9:39 AM

Eric Krasno was one of the guitar playing guests at The Highline last night. Good fun. Great value.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2009 2:07 PM

any word on who showed up for the 4/6 show?

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 10:13 AM

Stop referring them as "Jimmy Fallon's house band THE ROOTS"...
They are just THE ROOTS. Yes, they are on his show, but F*$% him and his big face. They have been around alot longer then fallon.

Posted by RichDigi | April 14, 2009 7:20 PM

he grew up sort of rooting for the mets, but sort of became a yankees fan because lorne michaels invited him to some games with amazing seats.

Posted by m | June 2, 2009 12:58 AM

why does everyone on here like hate jimmy fallon?!

he's wicked funny and precious..i would marry him in a second!

i love him!!!!!!!!


Posted by alysha | June 17, 2009 1:59 AM


jimmy fallon is a 10 and i love the REDSOX! boston rox 8-)

shout out to my boys the mothafuckin roots! they're badasssss
love 'em!

Posted by Connie Garroll | June 17, 2009 2:06 AM

Think they would read the BILL if they had to live by it?

Posted by louis | October 17, 2009 11:37 AM

Hahaha ... you guys care about baseball.

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Posted by GHD Hair Styler | December 11, 2009 8:16 AM

shout out to my boys

Posted by 压电双晶片 | February 4, 2010 5:00 AM

The Roots, really? You play that garbage for an entrance to a presidential candidate. You think you made a bold statement, do you think your good, players that is? You are lame ass, drummer has no chops at all!

Posted by Randoozle | November 22, 2011 7:27 PM

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