The Roots to rock Apres X |

The Roots to rock Apres X

Stewart Oksenhorn
Hip-hop group The Roots will headline the Apres X concert in Wagner Park on Saturday, Jan. 29.

The hard-core, hip-hop spirit of this week’s X Games will carry on into the night, well after the last 360 has been spun and the last pelvis has been shattered.The Aspen Skiing Company has (finally) completed announcing its weekend lineup of music performers, and the roster of acts seems a perfect fit for the extreme athletes and audiences coming to town.

Capping the weekend’s entertainment will be hip-hop group The Roots, who are set to headline the Apres X concert in Wagner Park on Saturday, Jan. 29. Opening the 9:30 p.m. show is DJ Z Trip.Previously announced performers are Latin-flavored rap-funk band Ozomatli, who will headline the Wagner Park concert on Friday, Jan. 28. Opening for Ozomatli will be neo-soul singer John Legend. Wrapping up the Skico weekend will be power-pop band Unwritten Law, who will play in the Hi-Fi Concert Series on Sunday evening, Jan. 31, at the base of Aspen Mountain.

All concerts are free and open to the public.The Roots formed in 1987 at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts when drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson made the acquaintance of MC Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter in the principal’s office. Going by the name the Square Roots, the two played their first show in 1989, squaring off against classmates Boyz II Men in a Valentine’s Day battle of the bands.After rounding out the band and recording their debut “Organix” for a small label, in 1995 The Roots recorded “Do You Want More?!!!??!” for Geffen. The album goes against the hip-hop grain by favoring live musicians – including jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman and vocalist Cassandra Wilson – over sampled tracks.

The Roots broke further ground with such critically acclaimed albums as 1996’s “Illadelph Halflife”; 1999’s “Things Fall Apart,” featuring the Grammy-winning single “You Got Me”; and 2002’s “Phrenology.” Rolling Stone says that, with the latter CD, the Roots created a “blueprint for 21st-century pop music.”Last year, the Roots released “The Tipping Point,” based on Malcolm Gladwell’s socio-scientific book of the same name.Stewart Oksenhorn’s e-mail address is

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