Saturday nights are prime time to catch a vibe and at The Kelsey Theater, Nappy Roots delivered nothing but that. Serving their magnificent story telling in an intimate venue -the group got to spread their savvy. Starting out with “Melting Pot” dissolving into “Po Folks”, immediately the audience gravitated into a sway from the relatable lyrics being brought to life. Then the favorable bouncy piano ode to just having the best day imaginable comes in the speakers, “Good Day” and activates the groove in everyone. Nappy Roots took the audience into the upward trajectory with that one, and seeing the crowd release their “Good Day Boogie” was irrevocable.
Being a millennial growing up in the northern foothills of Acworth Georgia, Nappy Roots touched my household but I wasn’t fluent in the variety of their vibe. So waltzing into The Kelsey Theatre I had limited knowledge of their impact and message, so to see the audience boogie down, feel every word was something I won’t forget.
Once the experienced group got the crowd boogie’n down, “Country Boyz” kept the night ignited - Free Scales pouring out shots and Skinny DeVille pouring out all he has on stage touched the crowd. And in between songs the members made sure to share their messages of positivity, peace, and unity- which was pleasing to hear.
Songs from their 2015 album “40 Acrez Project” were performed and with the louder bassline and 808’s shaking the building you felt the energy shift. Starting out with the reminiscent feeling inside the audience and bringing them back around to having the vibe some were yearning for on a Saturday night. Not only could Roots make the ‘feel good’ frequency spread around the room but have that mash into party waves, sometimes is a difficult transition. With live performances the artists’ lead the audience through an experience and if the crowd is not wanting to trickle into a different sensation they sure as hell won’t- but the group mastered that mix. Once those lines were crossed, two beautiful fans got to show the feels they caught from Nappy Roots on stage- speakers jumping, bodies twerking, and shots being passed around.
Closing with the highly loved heavy rotation favorite “Awnaw”, which grew into a platinum seller, Roots took the audience home again. Roots put a clever twist on their classic with the conversion of ‘Doesn’t Matter” and “Party for the Ages” – that came with mean EDM Breakdown that finished off the authentic vibrations. With over 15 years of experience in the industry Roots showed their capability of guiding the masses through a hell of a good time while reminding them of the positive pillars to life.
This millennial definitely learned a lot, guess that’s what happens when you go back to your Roots.