I received this incredibly adorable invite to the 6th Annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam at Brooklyn Bowl featuring a little band you all may have heard of by the name of the Roots, with a ton of special guests. And I was there for what turned out to be an incredible night of music – the Roots played a set with guests such as William Hart of the even more legendary Delfonics, Talib Kweli, Q-Tip and others. Adding to the night’s festivities were a number of Okayplayer’s impressive roster of artists (sadly, I only remember the name one act, Kids These Days, who just fucking killed it), an Angolan dance troupe, and Sony/Columbia recording artists Wild Belle. Seriously, it may have been one of the best holiday parties I’ve ever been to – ever.
The Roots were fantastic – and honestly it was the best set I’ve seen them play. Their set was particularly inspired and they showed just how ridiculously talented they were. At one point they deftly switched from playing soul, to hip hop to spaced out dub within a couple of songs. And trust me, the crowd went nuts.
Naturally, there’s tons of photographic evidence from Thursday night’s festivities, so check out the photos below.
This artist whose name I sadly have forgotten, did an incredible soul cover of the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Big Poppa,” which had the audience singing along with her. (If any of y’all who were actually in attendance could help a brother out, please let me know this sista’s name. She had a wonderful voice, and i would love to catch more of her.)
These Kids Today
William Hart of the Delfonics
Black Thought of the Roots
Sadly, this was the best photo I could have gotten of my man Questlove. Sigh.
Talib Kweli, Q-Tip and the Roots: This was seriously, an incredible moment for me. I’ve loved Q-Tip since his days with A Tribe Called Quest but I’ve sadly never seen him live. And i had never seen Talib live either.
Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, the Roots and Razhiel: Talk about a stage full of ringers, huh?
For these photos and more photos from this incredible night of music, check out the Flickr set here: