Brooklyn was in the middle of a heat wave on Thursday. But that didn’t stop the hundreds of people who gathered to catch a little more heat at the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park for a rare and special performance by Philadelphia’s own Legendary Roots Crew.

BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn summer series, 8/12/21 Photo: JBoogieLove Photography for BK Reader

Sponsored by BRIC‘s free summer-long concert series, Celebrate Brooklyn, Thursday night’s performance opened with soulful soultry singer Felicia Temple, a former contestant on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Temple, a nurse and cancer survivor, brought the crowd to a bubbly simmer, ushering in just the right vibe for one of the best-known and respected hip hop acts in the business.

The Roots then took the stage with lead MC Tariq Trotter aka Black Thought turning the heat all the way up to boil.

Recently, Black Thought and Roots percussionist Questlove have been the executive producers of the acclaimed documentary series “Hip-Hop: The Songs That Shook America” on AMC. Their Brooklyn performance kicked off the beginning of their first tour since the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Check out the photos of the performances here:

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