Joyo Velarde

The Roots live at McDonald Theatre (4.11.09 Eugene, Oregon)

You already know the deal. I don't have to write it. There are very few bands out there that can put on a show like The Roots. Seeing them live is like listening to your favorite mixtape. They hit you with a range of material from their 16 years in the game along with cleverly weaved-in covers of artists you may not expect. & they somehow manage to keep the energy level at 11 the entire time.

Three things I will say:
• New Roots album coming this summer entitled How I Got Over.
• Local Cut posted an interesting interview with Questlove
• Questlove's twit on walking the streets of Eugene cracked me the f up.

I was late getting to the McD Saturday ... even though I THOUGHT I was early. (Note to self: shows that say they start at 8 actually DO start at 8 sometimes.) So I missed Lyrics Born's set. Literally walked in as he was walking off stage. But he and Joyo were kind of enough to let me get a few photos backstage afterwards. He also filled me in on his plans to get his new album out by fall. Download a taste of the new stuff and keep up to date on the latest LB news here.

Lyrics Born & Joyo Velarde at McDonald Theatre (4.11.09 Eugene, Oregon)

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