The Roots and Pharrell to Play Charlottesville Concert In Response to White Supremacist Rally

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The Roots and Pharrell Williams are taking part in a benefit concert in Charlottesville, Virginia, to respond to the white nationalist rally that took place there last month.

The event will be hosted by the Dave Matthews Band at John Paul Jones Arena, and the other artists set to perform include Ariana Grande, Alabama Shakes and Justin Timberlake.

In addition, the September 15 event will be free, but folks are being asked to give donations to the Concert for Charlottesville Fund at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. That money will then go to those who were hurt during the protest, as well as their families and other charity organizations.


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Just a little after the rally, Pharrell sent a tweet and expressed his sheer disgust, as did The Roots drummer Questlove.

If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention. #myselfie

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The veteran percussionist says the photos of white men marching with torches will make a perfect cover for a sequel to the group’s album “Things Fall Apart,” released in 1999.

If I were the lazy type to call his next album #ThingsFallApartToo —this would be considered for the album cover #exposethem

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Meanwhile, The Roots are still keeping busy, being the house band on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” plus, earlier this year it was announced that Quest and frontman Black Thought are creating two children’s series for Amazon.

Meanhile, Pharrell recently reunited with Nore, the rapper who introduced him to the world through early songs like “Superthug.” Their new cut, which dropped last week, is called “Uno Mas,” and they also released an animated video for it.

At this time it’s unknown if Pharrell or The Roots will play in other such benefit concerts in the near future, but those wishing to attend the Charlottesville event can get tickets here.

But the first tickets will be given to those who live in and around Charlottesville, plus, the staff and faculty members of the University of Virginia. The tickets will also be available from Tuesday, Sept. 6 to Friday, Sept. 15 at 10.a.m. EST.

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