The Roots 30 Year Anniversary
The wide-spanning influence of hip-hop group The Roots can't be overstated. Since the early 90s, they have been consistently producing sounds that set the direction of the genre. The Jazz Café is paying tribute to this hip-hop powerhouse with an orchestral rendition of three of their best albums - 'Do You Want More', 'Phrenology' and 'Things Fall Apart'. The 15-piece orchestra will pay their respects by performing selected classics across the three albums. Demand has been so high, that two extra nights were added, with Saturday already sold out. You know what to do.
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