The Roots played a monster of a set at the Knight Concert Hall on December 31. Barely taking breaks between songs they charged back and forth on the stage, at times jumping or dancing in sync. They performed hit songs spanning the lifetime of the band including: I Shall Proceed, The Fire and You Got Me. The highlight for me was Seed 2.0 fused together with my favorite Curtis Mayfield song Move On Up! During the one calm in the set, the touring DJ immediately broke into a Prince audio sample “Dearly beloved…” riffing on Let’s Go Crazy and flowing into Everything She Wants by Wham honoring the deceased artists in a funky mash up. Earlier on, another George Michael tribute was led by a sax solo of Careless Whisper. Damon “Tuba Gooding Jr.” Bryson played an outstanding solo which gave me a whole new appreciation for the Tuba. The full breadth of The Roots is lost in the TV transmission, where in comparison the energy of Questlove‘s drumming, Black Thought‘s lyrical mastery, and the intensity of the horn section is fully realized live and direct.