Iconic recording artist and performer Usher Raymond IV has been delivering genre-defining music for over 15 years. The Tennessee native best known for his fluid voice and dynamic dance moves has also acted in a wide variety of film, television and stage productions including a Broadway run in 2006 as Billy Flynn in the Tony-winning musical Chicago.
The Roots, the legendary, Grammy Award winning hip hop crew and arguably the hardest working musicians in popular culture, continue to break the mold 25 years after the band was founded. The brainchild of childhood friends Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, The Roots began their career playing bucket drums and freestyling on the streets and competing with Boyz II Men for top honors at The Philadelphia High school for Creative and Performing Arts. Named one of the greatest live acts by Rolling Stone, their career has evolved to include a weekly gig as the house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, hosting sold-out jam sessions across country, collaborating on new works for contemporary performance (Lincoln Center, BAM, Kimmel Center), and consistently churning out Grammy®-nominated albums. And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, the group’s 14th major label album released in May of 2014 delivered continued critical acclaim from bloggers and fans alike, reaffirming the creativity of the outfit notorious for pushing the envelope. In 2015, The Roots took their talents to Broadway. Together, Thompson and Trotter executive produced the cast album for the critically acclaimed Broadway musical “Hamilton”. Hamilton won Best Musical Theater Album in February 2016 adding another Grammy to their resume.