The Roots are hosting a new 4th of July tradition, serving as the house band for some of the biggest names in pop music.
The 2013 lineup boasted their Philly soul sister Jill Scott, Vermont's first lady of rock Grace Potter, another Philadelphian DJ Jazzy Jeff, country wunderkind Hunter Hayes, rising hip-hop star J. Cole, John Mayer gearing up for his first tour in 3 years, and Ne-Yo from Camden, Arkansas by way of Las Vegas. It was an eclectic group of legitimate stars and a really entertaining show which far exceeded the usual lip-sync you see on VH1 that makes you want to vomit.
4th of July Philly Jam 2013 Complete Setlist:
Introduction with The Roots (Act 1)
Questlove & Black Thought Opening
"The Seed 2.0"
DJ Jazzy Jeff turntable breakdown
"Jungle Boogie" outro (Kool and the Gang cover)
Kevin Hart introduction
Jill Scott (Act 2 You The Love Of My Life + 3)
"Home" (originally sung by Stephanie Mills in The Wiz on Broadway, and Diana Ross in the film version)
Grace Potter (Act 4 + 5)
Slide guitar intro
"Nothing But The Water"
"Paris (Ooh La La)"
"Rocksteady" (Aretha Franklin cover)
The Roots with DJ Jazzy Jeff (Act 6)
"The Next Movement"
DJ Jazzy Jeff Breakdown
- "Poison" by Bill Biv Devoe
- "The Breaks" by Kurtis Blow
Black Thought goes in lyrically w Jazzy Jeff
"Good Times" / "Rapper's Delight" by Chic / Sugar Hill Gang
"It Takes Two" by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
Hunter Hayes (Act 7)
"I Want Crazy"
"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" (Sting cover)
J. Cole (Act 8)
John Mayer (Act 9)
"Something Like Olivia"
"Queen of California"
"World To Change"
"Lively Up Yourself"
Ne-Yo (Act 11)
"Give Me Everything"
"Let Me Love You"
The fireworks section was shown on live TV, but cut out of the online full video. It was awesome. The pre-recorded album version of "The Fire" by The Roots was a really good opening song to the fireworks display.