The Roots and their new label, Def Jam Recordings, will host a two-night party at New York City’s historic Radio City Music Hall.
The party is being held to reveal material from the The Roots’ upcoming Def Jam debut, Game Theory, which is set for a late-summer, early fall release.
“Our fans should pretty much know that our New York shows are the most special shows, simply because we have been known to pull some amazing rabbits out of our hat,” said The Roots’ drummer, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson. “Every show we’ve ever thrown in this city was a footnote and an exercise in surprise. Why deprive yourself now?”
The Roots will perform along with various special guests and celebrities.
The event is being sponsored and presented by Verizon, and is being produced by Festival Productions, Okayplayer, and Radio City Entertainment.
The event will take place on May 18th and 19th. Tickets will be available for purchase Friday, March 24th at all Ticketmaster locations.
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit the family of the late, legendary hip-hop producer Jay Dee (J. Dilla).
Thursday, May 18th will feature sets by The Roots’ newest label mate Nas, as well as frequent collaborators Common and Talib Kweli.
Friday, May 19th will feature a diverse line-up including Erykah Badu, Mos Def, J. Davey, and Angelique Kidjo.
Many other special guests are expected.