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Published: 2013/06/19

The Roots and Jim James Share the Stage in Brooklyn

Jim James and The Roots co-headlined Brooklyn, NY’s Prospect Park Bandshell last night. Though billed as State of the Union: An Evening of Collaborative Performances, the evening ended up featuring separate sets by each act with a few collaborations at the end of the night.

The My Morning Jacket frontman opened the night with his solo band, charging through most of his new album Regions of Light and Sound of God. He also offered two numbers from his Monsters of Folk super group, “The Right Place” and “Changing World” at the end of his segment. Then, New York transplants The Roots offered their trademark mix of originals and covers.

At the end of The Roots’ set, James sat in for a four-song encore. Their collaborative segment included “Dear God 2.0,” The Roots’ rearrangement of James’ Monsters of Folk song, Prince’s
“I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man,” Bill Withers’
“Use Me” and John Lennon’s “Instant Karma.”

James performed in Prospect Park as part of a Withers tribute a few years ago and covered “Instant Karma” as part of Bonnaroo’s SuperJam on Saturday night. He regularly performs “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man” with My Morning Jacket. Roots drummer Questlove is an outspoken fan of both Withers and Prince.

The Roots recorded “Dear God 2.0” on their studio album How I Got Over. They have since bonded with James through his appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The Roots drummer will talk about his new memoir Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove at New York’s Barnes & Noble Union Square later today.

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