Published on November 17th, 2015 | by gatsbyadmin0
The Roots at The Ogden – recap
After postponing their show almost a month after the original date, the Roots rolled through the Ogden theater for an early show on Sunday, November 15th and made the wait well worthwhile.
A local hip hop duo out of Colorado Springs – the ReMINDers – opened. Being from the 719, I’ve heard of them many times but never had the opportunity to catch them live. Let me make this clear – DO NOT SLEEP on the ReMINDers. This pair, Big Samir and Aja Black – husband and wife, delivered what was easily the most dope local hip-hop I’ve seen open for any show. The beats were bangers – old school boom bap combined with some new styles, and both emcees rap on a level that makes me seriously wonder why nobody knows about these two. Peep them as soon as possible.
At about 8pm, the legendary Roots crew took the stage. I primarily attend hip hop shows so it was a nice change to see the full band – keyboards, percussion, guitar, tuba, bass guitar, drum machines, and of course, Questlove on the drums and Black Thought rapping. This band most definitely knows how to put on a show as a whole – rocking and stepping all together at just the right moment forcing you to dance along – yet you find yourself drawn to each individual musician and watching them for a minute or two. I think they realized that, and decided to give each instrument their own solo. The guy on the drum machines, Jeremy Ellis, particularly caught my attention with what was probably the best solo of the night – about 6 straight minutes of him, by himself, killing it on two crazy high-tech looking MPC’s with the fastest fingers I’ve ever seen. The crowd went insane for it. Don’t sleep on him either. The band played a variety of favorites, like You Got Me, Dynamite!, and The Seed 2.0, and also threw in some dope covers, like Sweet Child of Mine for the guitar solo. All members of the band smile literally the ENTIRE time, which made me smile more and generally created an awesome atmosphere. Questlove threw out at least five pairs of drumsticks at the end of one of the best shows I’ve been to in a long time. If you have the chance to see them live, take it!