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Philly hip-hop legends The Roots perform at Gov. Tom Wolf’s inaugural celebration in Harrisburg on Jan. 15

Philly hip-hop legends The Roots perform at Gov. Tom Wolf’s inaugural celebration in Harrisburg on Jan. 15
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From a press release:

Today, the Wolf Inaugural 2019 Committee announced that influential and critically acclaimed Philadelphia hip-hop band The Roots will perform at Governor Tom Wolf’s Moving Pennsylvania Forward Inaugural Celebration at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg on Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

Tickets for the inauguration of Wolf and Lieutenant Governor-Elect John Fetterman, which are $100 for general admission and $50 for students and seniors (valid ID required), can be purchased now via Eventbrite. Doors at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex (2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg) open at 7 p.m., and the dress code for the event calls for cocktail attire.

Paving the way for live instrumental rap with their jazz-influenced, eclectic approach to hip-hop, the legendary Roots Crew has become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Album for “Wake Up!,” Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “Hang on in There” with John Legend, and Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance for “Shine.” This brings the band’s Grammy nomination count to 12.

Additionally, The Roots Picnic, a yearly star-studded mix of musicians, has become a celebrated institution in Philly. Described by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest live acts in the world” and by the Boston Globe as the “greatest hip-hop band in the land,” The Roots currently serve as the official house band on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Most recently, The Roots announced that they are developing an animated children’s series, along with a live action children’s series, in partnership with Amazon.

“We are excited by the opportunity to return home to Pennsylvania to perform at the 2019 Inaugural Celebration,” said The Roots.

“We are looking forward to spending the night celebrating with the people of Pennsylvania, and we wish Governor Wolf and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Fetterman the very best as they begin their new term.”

“The Wolf Inaugural 2019 Committee is honored to have The Roots join us as the headliner for the Moving Pennsylvania Forward Inaugural Celebration,” said Rob Ghormoz and Giancarlo Stefanoni, co-executive directors of Wolf Inaugural 2019.

“Governor Wolf looks forward to an evening showcasing the very best of Pennsylvania, and The Roots have made their home state proud every step of the way with their talent and successes.”

Additional details about the Inaugural Celebration will be forthcoming.

Photo by Jason Riedmiller Photography