American Junkie (Block Party), 4363 N. 75th St. Scottsdale, AZ
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Doors open: 8:00 PM
Show starts: 9:00 PM
Ticket Price: $10 - Purchase tickets here
Age limits: 18+
HOST AND OFFICIAL DJS:
Akrobatik featuring DJ Senbad and DJR
The Roots is as fluid and amorphous as the hip-hop culture that spawned it, ever-shifting and ever-changing. The influential and critically acclaimed Philadelphia-based septet has won numerous accolades for its jazz-influenced, eclectic approach to hip-hop, including two Grammys and a 2007 NAACP Image Award, and its audiences are as diverse as its music, playing everywhere from Lollapalooza to the Montreux Jazz Festival, from Lincoln Center to The Apollo Theater. The group is known for its complex and politically aware lyrical content ranging from violence and its consequences to the crime, poverty, guns and drug culture plaguing its hometown of Philadelphia.
The Brooklyn based band, by way of Phoenix, has come a long way since being named one of MySpace’s 25 best artists in late 2006, Miniature Tigers played over 200 dates last year supporting their debut album Tell It To the Volcano and are now promoting their sophomore album Fortress. The album’s hit single “Gold Skull,” produced by Neon Indian, is described as one hell of a curtain-raising cut, as heavenly harmonies and tension-building effects segue into a sudden explosion of crushed cymbals and powder keg chords.