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riddles
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"Boston Music Scene Suffers Crushing Blow: The Roots Cancel Show 1/31"
Tue Dec-23-08 05:41 PM by riddles

  

          

I moved to the Boston area from San Francisco almost a year ago to be with my mom as she struggles with health issues. I lived in SF for over a decade and was truly blessed to see the amazing plethora of shows that constantly flow through the Bay Area. I saw The Roots 4 or 5 times from the (now closed) Maritime Hall to The Fillmore. Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, Digable Planets, Invizibl Skratch Pickls, World Famous Beat Junkies, X-ecutioners, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, The Coup, Jurassic 5, Public Enemy... I could go on and on and on listing the mind blowing society enhancing hip hop shows that I saw while living in San Fran.

And now here I am, stuck in freaking New England in a cultural/musical void. HIP HOP NEVER COMES HERE!!! I keep my eyes fixed on the concert calendar and am continually shocked week in and week out that the only shows that roll through town are bands: rock, folk, alt rock, indie rock, heavy metal, country, bluegrass, shoe gazing, emo, super sensitive, celtic, swing, punk, classic rock, oldies, hippie jam BANDS!!!

And based on the subject line of this posting, you can imagine where this is all going. The Roots, being one of the best BANDS in America, came to Boston last April and played a show @ Northeastern and I was furious because it was a NE students only show. I tried desperately to get in there, and even had a poster on this very board offer me his extra ticket (until the very last minute when he gave it to his girlfriend or something). I was flatout devastated. However, I was slightly encouraged by the fact that The Roots were coming back with Erykah Badu @ The Orpheum in May. Co-Headlining? Badu opening for Roots? Oh no, The Roots open for Badu and though they sound great, they play for 45 minutes and then it's over. Rising Down 2-3-4, and then we're out: Argh!!! (Side Note: seeing ?uestlove spin @ Underbar afterward was fantastic, even with the mic issues for Black Thought.)

But, what's a hip hop lover to do in the big picture of life behind the New England curtain?

Well, you can further imagine my absolute hysterical happiness when I just so happened to be combing through the local venues upcoming calendars back on December 1st and saw that, low and behold, The Roots are coming to The Showcase in Foxboro, MA on January 31st, 2009!!! Oh my God, it's the best Christmas present ever! I don't think I've ever bought tickets quicker. I have never been to the venue, but it seems like a perfect mid-sized place to see a full show of our favorite band.

And now here I am: crushed by the curse of New England:

"Hello, this is Ticketmaster Customer Service with an important alert for your upcoming event. The Roots, scheduled at Showcase Live on Saturday, January 31, 2009, at 8:00PM, has been canceled.

Your credit card will automatically be credited the ticket price and convenience charges, and should post to your account within 7 to 10 business days. Please note, the $3.00 per order processing fee, any ticketFast, or UPS delivery charges and in-store pick up charges are non-refundable.

If you have any questions, please contact us online at:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/h/asktm.html

Thank you for using Ticketmaster. We appreciate your business!"


I am seriously going to drop to my knees and cry. I don't want a refund! I want The Roots! I want hip hop to come to Boston! I want some freaking well deserved love. Please, ?uestlove, tell me you're coming back. With your upcoming gig as the house band for Jimmy Fallon (congrats BTW), I can't imagine that you guys will be back anytime soon...

I seriously cannot believe this...

Snow up to our waist, dark @ 4pm, power out for days, and now this info arrives 2 days before Christmas...

And I just went to the Showcase site to see if there was an explanation as to why the show was canceled, and from their website it looks as if there was never a Roots show in the 1st place. And the freaking ridiculously lame-ass show replacing them is enough to make me want to never look at another Boston area music calendar again:
http://www.showcaselive.com/event-schedule/jan-09.aspx

"Girl Authority

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Rounder/ZoŽ Records tween girl singing sensation GIRL AUTHORITY - one year older and a little bit savvier - is back with Road Trip, their sophomore CD. All the elements that made GIRL AUTHORITY’s eponymous debut CD such a success (100,000 copies and counting sold to date) remain firmly in place: the nine cute, bubbly girls who sing, dance and have personality to spare; the nicknames designating each girl (i.e. Rock n’ Roll Girl, Boho Girl, Country Girl) with fashion- forward clothes to match; the covers of classic hits and today’s chart-toppers, sung with the same fun and enthusiasm that have attracted a legion of devoted fans across the country; and the groove-infused backing tracks, played by some of today’s most gifted musicians. www.girlauthority.com "



Yep, that sounds about right. Welcome to New England!

The Roots??? Nope, Girl Authority!!!

Knocked Unconscious by The Injustice,
Riddles

  

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Boston Music Scene Suffers Crushing Blow: The Roots Cancel Show 1/31 [View all] , riddles, Tue Dec-23-08 05:33 PM
 
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Dec 23rd 2008
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RE: Boston Music Scene Suffers Crushing Blow: The Roots Cancel Show 1/3...
Dec 24th 2008
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He's the tour manager.
Dec 24th 2008
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RE: Boston Music Scene Suffers Crushing Blow: The Roots Cancel Show 1/3...
Dec 25th 2008
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      RE: Boston Music Scene Suffers Crushing Blow: The Roots Cancel Show 1/3...
Dec 31st 2008
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      As long as it stays on a weekend (Fri, Sat, or Sunday) i'll be happy
Dec 31st 2008
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      RE: Boston Music Scene Suffers Crushing Blow: The Roots Cancel Show 1/3...
Dec 31st 2008
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      Roxy battle of the bands?
Jan 01st 2009
15
OK, we're a week into January...I need to get my schedule straight
Jan 06th 2009
18
January 29th.....in Boston.,,Details TBD
Jan 07th 2009
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      RE: January 29th... in Boston... @ The Roxy!!!
Jan 07th 2009
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           RE: January 29th... in Boston... @ The Roxy!!!
Jan 10th 2009
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           RE: January 29th... in Boston... @ The Roxy!!!
Jan 12th 2009
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           RE: January 29th... in Boston... @ The Roxy!!!
Jan 15th 2009
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RE: Boston Music Scene Suffers Crushing Blow: The Roots Cancel Show 1/3...
Dec 24th 2008
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UGHH.com on the corner of huntington ave and mass ave.
Jan 06th 2009
17
c'man man
Dec 24th 2008
4
understandable shit happens...
Dec 25th 2008
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RE: c'man man
Dec 31st 2008
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      they need all the dave mathews type bands for
Jan 21st 2009
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RE: Boston Music Scene Suffers Crushing Blow: The Roots Cancel Show 1/3...
Dec 29th 2008
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HOB isnt going to be open until at least February
Dec 29th 2008
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      good point
Dec 29th 2008
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           RE: good point
Jan 04th 2009
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                RE: good point
Jan 07th 2009
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                     RE: good point
Jan 07th 2009
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                          RE: good point
Jan 08th 2009
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Still not happy they cancelled a headlining gig and replaced it with thi...
Jan 13th 2009
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RE: Still not happy they cancelled a headlining gig and replaced it with...
Jan 15th 2009
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      no, they're collaborating on some shit we've never seen
Jan 17th 2009
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           its on a thursday so i can't make it...
Jan 24th 2009
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                The concept is killin
Jan 27th 2009
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                     RE: The concept is killin
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