What are you most looking forward to tonight?
Wow. Actually getting on stage with The Roots again. It’s been quite some time since I’ve performed on The Tonight Show with them. They’re a fantastic band, one of my favorites of all time.
You’re from California, what’s a 4th of July tradition specific to Cali that we should know about?
Illegal fireworks maybe. In Orange County it’s bad, you have to have a special permit, but Tijuana is so close. Just go down, get some fireworks, bring them up and shoot them off in your neighborhood during sunset, now if you’re too young, you go out when it’s still light out, when you get older, you can go out and wreak havoc in the neighborhood.
How do you usually celebrate?
Early on when I was younger, we had really great celebrations with my family – lots of music, lots of food, a day off from work. A reason for celebration. Everybody can gather together and shoot some fireworks and have fun.
What food, drinks and music need to be at one of these hoppin’ parties?
For me and my family, because my parents are from Panama, and they became US citizens in the ‘80s, the concept of being an American and celebrating the 4th was something that was new, but welcomed with open arms and taken seriously. That said, we weren’t listening to “Born in the USA” (laughs)… We were listening to salsa music. For the food – arroz con pollo, black beans, Caribbean food.
What is essential for your summer playlist to get you in summer mode?
Pool or beach?
I’m more of a beach guy than a pool guy. Especially with where my wife and parents are from with such beautiful beaches – plus I live in LA. As long as I can find somewhere where the water’s clean, I’m good.
Where’s your favorite summer spot?
My family lives part time in Miami, part time in LA, so going to Miami is always a good thing. My wife is from Australia so we go down there as well to celebrate and spend some time.
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