The Roots to headline Charter Day concert


    During the College of William and Mary’s annual Yule Log ceremony in December, the College announced Hip-hop group The Roots as the headline act for the College’s inaugural Charter Day concert. The concert is scheduled for Feb. 5 in William and Mary Hall.

    The selection of the group, along with the decision to fund a Charter Day concert, is part of a larger effort by the College to increase student participation in Charter Day activities, which have historically attracted interest primarily from alumni.

    The concert will be sponsored by the College’s Student Assembly and Alma Mater Productions. The SA had earlier pledged $50,000 to attract a “big-name” musical act for the concert.

    Brian Focarino ’11, one of the concert’s organizers, said that the selection of The Roots could attract significant student interest in Charter Day activities.

    “I hope that students get excited and come out and celebrate the College,” Focarino said in a press release. “I hope we come together as one big Tribe.”

    Formed in 1987, The Roots has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, and won the 1999 award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the song “You Got Me.” The group currently performs as the in-house band on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

    Tickets for the event went on sale Jan. 14 through the Phi Beta Kappa Hall box office. Tickets are $8 for students with a valid student ID and $25 for the general public.