Who’s watching Late Night With Jimmy Fallon for the host? Not that the comedian doesn’t lend a certain affable charm to the midnight hours, but the unequivocal draw is the greatest band in late-night history, the Roots. More than a year into their TV residency, they’re reliably as jazzy, precise, and electrifying as hip-hop could ever feel; this year in their vacation time, they tossed out one of the finest albums of their career, How I Got Over. For New Year’s, they’re descending onto Brooklyn Bowl to perform three marathon sets, or read the phone book aloud—does it really matter? You’ll be there, if you’re lucky.
Fri., Dec. 31, 8, 10 p.m. & midnight, 2010
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 22, 2010