MASS MoCA Welcomes Legendary Group The Roots This Summer
Live music is coming back to The Berkshires in full force marked by a huge announcement from MASS MoCA today.
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts announced today that legendary hip hop band The Roots would be gracing the stage at Joe's Field this summer. Quest Love and the rest of the crew will play at the campus of the iconic north county museum on Sunday, August 22 at 8 p.m.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, June 25 at 10 am but will be available for pre-sale to MASS MoCA members on Thursday, June 24 at 10 am. Not a member but want to take advantage of the presale? Become a MoCA member here.
The Grammy award-winning Roots band has been an iconic and influential force in the music industry since its formation in 1987. In addition to countless hits and a bevy of accolades, they have served as the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since 2014.
Formed in Philadelphia and lead by founding members Questlove (Drummer and DJ) and Black Thought (Rapper and MC), the awarding-winning trailblazers have worked with other artists such as Erykah Badu, John Legend, Elvis Costello, Jill Scott, Talib Kweli, and countless others. Rolling Stone always named the band one of “50 Greatest Live Acts” of all time.
The group also is deeply involved in philanthropic work, especially music and education for underserved children. The founding members of The Roots attended a creative arts school in West Philadelphia called CAPA, and through a donation helped set up the CAPA Foundation, where they now sit on the board.
After watching the 2010 documentary Waiting for Superman, Questlove was inspired to raise money for Harlem Village Academies, a group of charter schools where 75% of the school is classified as underprivileged, yet boasts a tremendous success for their students, defying socio-economic expectations.
In addition by hosting a series of benefit concerts, Questlove was able to raise millions for the school. In December of 2020, one of the shows he hosted was to benefit Morningside Community School in Pittsfield.