They say that New Year's Eve brings together strange bedfellows, and that could well be the tagline for a special December 31 concert at a New York City nightclub featuring singer-songwriter Paula Cole and hip-hop impresarios The Roots.Paula Cole and The Roots will team up for a special double bill at the Life club in Manhattan, with Cole scheduled to deliver a pair of sets counting down to the new year, beginning at 8 p.m. The Roots aren't scheduled to hit the stage until the early morning of the year 2000, as the group's set isn't expected to start until 3 a.m. DJing the event will be Grandmaster Flash, Funkmaster Flex, and Kid Capri, all of whom will spin records between sets as well as in separate rooms off of the main performance space. The Roots had originally planned to play Radio City Music Hall with Erykah Badu and D'Angelo, but opted for a more intimate show that would allow them to indulge in some spontaneous, lengthy jams (see "The Roots Pass On Radio City For Small Club Gig On New Year's Eve"). As with all things Y2K related, tickets for the Paula Cole-Roots show will be rather pricey, ranging from $125 to upwards of $350, depending on how many of the performances you want to attend. Advance tickets for the concert are on sale via Ticketmaster.
-- David Basham