Shippensburg homecoming concert to get to 'The Roots' of musica

October 13, 2005|by KRISTIN WILSON

Philadelphia-based rap/hip-hop group, The Roots, will be rocking Shippensburg University's campus Friday at a 10:30 p.m. concert.

The Roots' performance will be the highlight of Shippensburg's homecoming weekend, says Wes Yelley, concert chairperson and a junior at Shippensburg.

"They put on a wonderful show, usually anywhere from two to two and a half hours," says Yelley, who saw the group live at Franklin & Marshall College. The Roots "have a huge underground following. They never quite made it to stardom, but almost any group you talk to they'll say The Roots had some influence," Yelley says.

That's because The Roots have been part of the hip-hop music scene for nearly two decades. Their first major label album "Do You Want More?!!!??!," released in 1995, showed the group's musical philosophy of not using any samples or previously recorded material.


Instead the group focuses on live instrumentation.

The Roots concert will be the first homecoming concert Shippensburg University has ever had, says Darrell Claiborne, director for the university union and student activities.

If you go ...

WHAT: The Roots

WHEN: 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Heiges Field House on Shippensburg University's campus, Shippensburg, Pa.

COST:$20 in advance, $25 at the door. $1 from each ticket goes to Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts.

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 81 north and get off at exit 24 (Pa. 696). Take the Pa. 696 north ramp toward Shippensburg. Turn left onto Pa. 696 and follow for three miles. Turn left onto North Earl Street and turn right onto Old Main Drive. Follow signs to the Heiges Field House.

MORE: Tickets are on sale at the Ceddia Union Building Information Desk or at

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