The annual Roots Picnic has expanded to two days — June 2nd and 3rd — at Festival Pier on Delaware Avenue.
Now in its fifth year, the picnic is a one-of-a-kind, genre-bending festival that showcases eclectic collaborations from the latest and greatest of today’s music scene. This year’s two-day festival will feature Wale, Kid Cudi, St. Vincent, Danny Brown, James Murphy, West Philly rapper Chill Moody, hip-hop legends De La Soul, and many more.
The Roots are one of the busiest bands around, and when they are not in the studio or playing shows, they can be seen weeknights as the house band on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” They are also Philly 360° “creative ambassadors.”
The Roots were formed in Philadelphia in 1987 by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson. This multiple Grammy-winning hip-hop neo-soul group was once underground, performing on the streets and clubs in Philly and NYC.
Since the band’s first independent album release, they’ve released 10 studio albums. But commercial success eluded The Roots until their fourth album, “Things Fall Apart,” broke the top ten of the Billboard 200, peaking at #4.
In 2003, The Roots were named one of the “twenty greatest live acts in the world” by Rolling Stone magazine.
Many members of the band have come and gone, but today the Roots consists of Black Thought (MC), ?uestlove (drums), Kamal Gray (keyboardist), F. Knuckles (percussionist), Captain Kirk Douglas (guitarist), Owen Biddle (bassist), and James Poyser (keyboardist).
They have collaborated with a variety of artists like John Legend, Roy Ayers, Marsha Ambrosious, Jill Scott, Cody Chestnut and Erykah Badu.
Previous performers at the Roots Picnic have included Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Esperanza Spaulding, Mac Miller, Little Dragon, John Legend, the Wu Tang Clan, Santigold, Mayer Hawthorne, Elevator Fight, Das Racist, Public Enemy, TV on the Radio, Kid Cudi, The Black Keys, and Vampire Weekend.
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