Tufts Concert Board announced today that Philadelphia-based hip-hop group The Roots will be headlining this year’s Spring Fling on April 30. DJ/electronic musician RJD2 will open the show.
The Roots puts unique spin on hip-hop, relying on a full band rather than a backing DJ. The group was founded – originally as The Square Roots – in the late ‘80s by Tariq Trotter (aka Blackthought, the group’s main MC) and Ahmir Thompson (aka ?uestlove, drummer), and has been producing hit albums (this past year saw the release of their ninth and tenth studio albums (“How I Got Over” and “Wake Up!,” respectively).
The Roots can currently be seen performing nightly on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on NBC as the show’s house band. While the band has been around for a while, and doesn’t currently have a hit on the Billboard charts, they’re well known for putting on high-energy, raucous live performances.
RJD2, the concert’s opening act, is a DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Columbus, Ohio. His work, though hard to fully pigeonhole, is most a blend of hip-hop beats and electronic music. RJD2’s best known work is “A Beautiful Mine,” which is used as the opening theme song for AMC’s “Mad Men.
Look for further details and full coverage of this announcement in The Daily on Monday morning.