The Roots and Walk the Moon to Play Free Verizon Super Bowl Central Party in Downtown Phoenix

Good news for anyone who wasn't lucky enough (or quick enough) to score tickets to the post-Super Bowl taping of the Tonight Show in Phoenix -- or any local fans of the program's house band, The Roots: they're reportedly going to be putting on a free concert in downtown Phoenix the day before the big game.

Word broke yesterday afternoon that the esteemed hip-hop/neo-soul band fronted by Questlove and Black Thought will be one of the headlining bands at the Pepsi-sponsored "Hyped for Halftime" stage inside the massive Verizon Super Bowl Central event that will take over downtown Phoenix from Wednesday, January 28, to Sunday, February 1.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.