LargeUp TV: Beres Hammond + the Roots at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

December 12, 2012

Words by Jesse Serwer, Video by Jason Zuckerโ€”

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Yesterday, LargeUp got the unique opportunity to roll with Beres Hammond to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, for his first-ever U.S. talk show appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. After watching Beres sit in with the Roots for a version of “One Love, One Life,” the title track off of his superb new LP, we went backstage for a rare conversation with the King of Jamaican Lover’s Rock. We also caught up with the Roots Crew’s Jamaican membersโ€””Captain” Kirk Douglas, keyboardist James Poyser and percussionist Frank Knucklesโ€”yep, there’s three yardies in the Rootsโ€”to get their take on playing with the King of Jamaican Lover’s Rock, and what his music means to them. A rare peek at the roots of the Roots, if you will.

Captain Kirk said it best: “We’ve played with Sting, Bruce Springsteen and, for Beres to come here today, he’s like our Bruce Springsteen. ”

Beres Hammond backstage at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon