DC Jazz Festival and Events DC Add Showcase Event Featuring The Roots in Concert to 2013 Festival Lineup

Tickets Go on Sale April 8th

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Roots, the legendary, Grammy Award-winning hip hop band, will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a special concert on Saturday, June 15th at Kastles Stadium at The Wharf. The showcase event – DC Jazz Festival and Events DC Present: The Roots in Concert – will be held during the 2013 DC Jazz Festival and feature opening act Snarky Puppy.

The brainchild of childhood friends Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, The Roots was named one of the greatest live acts by Rolling Stone Magazine. In addition to serving as the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the band hosts sold-out jam sessions across the country, collaborates on new works for contemporary performance (Lincoln Center, BAM, Kimmel Center), and consistently produces Grammy-nominated albums.

Their most recent release – undun – the group’s first conceptually-based album and 13th major label release, has received critical acclaim from bloggers and fans, and reaffirmed their creative reputation for pushing the envelope.

“Events DC is thrilled to partner with the DC Jazz Festival to bring one of the most beloved live bands in America to the nation’s capital for a very special performance,” said Erik A. Moses, managing director of Events DC’s Sports and Entertainment Division. “The Roots are not only critically acclaimed musicians, but have proven themselves to be the kind of artists whose creativity and music inspires passion and great appreciation across a broad spectrum of fans and audiences alike. They are a perfect complement to the 9th annual DC Jazz Festival and we could not be happier.”

“We are more excited than ever to play the DC Jazz Festival,” said The Roots. “It’s great when we can get together and really play music from our musical roots to an audience that can actually receive it! We are thrilled to be there.”

Cynne Simpson, Emmy Award- and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning anchor for ABC 7/WJLA-TV, will emcee the evening. Kastles Stadium at The Wharf is located at 800 Water St. SW Washington, DC 20024. Doors open at 6:00 PM.

Tickets will be available for purchase via Ticketmaster on April 8th at 10:00 AM. Tickets are priced between $30 and $60. Premium boxes with seating for four are available for $300.

The 2013 DCJF will be held June 5-16. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the official hotel sponsor. For Festival schedule and travel discount information, visit www.dcjazzfest.org and www.dcjazzfest.org/hotel-and-travel.

Proud major sponsors of the DC Jazz Festival, to date, include: Events DC; The Washington Post and KidsPost; ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8; Patton Boggs, LLC; Sage Communications; Hamilton Live and Clyde’s Restaurant Group; Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the official hotel of the DC Jazz Festival; Pepsi; Bacardi USA; Destination DC; National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; TGI Fridays; the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; LCG Systems; the Washington City Paper; Linda and Michael Sonnenreich; The Mayo Charitable Foundation; the Anne and Ronald Abramson Family Foundation; WAMU; Washington Kastles; Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP; The Georgetowner; WPFW; DownBeat; Telemundo DC and holaciudad.com; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; CrossCurrents Foundation; Amtrak; WMATA; the NEA Foundation; and Hipnotic Records.