The Roots

When: Sun., Nov. 15 2015

Five members of The Roots' current lineup — including co-founders Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson — have been together more than a decade, and are showing no signs of wear. One secret behind the Philly band's continued vibrancy is the combination of drummer/multi-instrumentalist Questlove's unbridled eclecticism and emcee Black Thought's hip-hop focus. It also doesn't hurt that they use live instrumentation, while paying the bills with their late-night day job as Jimmy Fallon's house band. Expect tonight's 7 o'clock show at the Ogden Theatre (930 Seventh Ave., Denver, ogdentheatre.com) to combine tracks from last year's concept album And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, along with the deep-catalog material that keeps fans clamoring for more. Tickets might only be available through resale sites by the time you read this, but you know they'll be worth it. — Bill Forman

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