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The Roots are coming to town! (again)

ralph stanleyThe Roots performing at 9:30 Club in December -- one of many, many recent local appearances. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

By David Malitz

Even a full-time gig as Jimmy Fallon’s house band hasn’t stopped hip-hop’s most reliable live act from appearing in D.C. more than certain members of Congress. Here’s a quick timeline of the Roots’ past year or so in the nation’s capital.

- July 12, 2009 - Rock the Bells at Merriweather Post Pavilion
The band played a cover-filled set as one of the headliners of the annual hip-hop road show.

- Dec. 29 and 30, 2009 - 9:30 Club
A pair of sold-out, pre-New Year’s shows at 9:30 Club. We profiled bandleader Questlove who also picked his five favorite D.C. albums for us.

- March 13, 2010 - Shamrock Fest at RFK Stadium
What? The Roots performing at the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration alongside the likes of Train and Carbon Leaf? Sure, why not?

- April 25, 2010 - Climate Rally on the National Mall
The Roots appeared alongside the likes of John Legend, Sting and Mavis Staples for this Earth Day celebration. The band’s scintillating set was only slightly overshadowed by Ribisi-gate.

- July 18, 2010 - “An American Playlist” at the Kennedy Center
Not the whole band, but Black Thought and Questlove were in town for a show that also included local go-go band Mambo Sauce and more than a dozen young poetry slammers.

- Aug. 7, 2010 - Summer Spirit Festival
Back so soon? The Roots are part of a bill that also includes Erykah Badu, Common, Chuck Brown, B.o.B. and Janelle Monae.

By David Malitz  |  August 6, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: The Roots  
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