PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the legendary Roots crew announce that their annual ROOTS PICNIC is returning to Philadelphia's Festival Pier at Penn's Landing on SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017. The acclaimed festival, now celebrating its tenth year, will feature an eclectic lineup with performances by: Pharrell & The Roots (joint headline set), Lil Wayne, Solange, 21 Savage, Kimbra, Gilles Peterson and more (full line up below).
"Ten years ago this started as a concept, an idea, a conversation between me, Tarik (Black Thought), Ahmir (Questlove) and Rich (Nichols)," says Shawn Gee, Roots longtime manager and partner in Maverick Management."It's amazing that it has grown into such a valued piece of the cultural landscape of our hometown of Philadelphia. We were blessed to expand the Picnic to NYC last year, and the brand will continue to grow and evolve, but Philly will ALWAYS be the home, the birthplace of the Roots Picnic. We are super excited to bring a packed lineup to celebrate our 10th anniversary, and as always there will be plenty of surprises and special guests."
The Roots Picnic annually includes some of music's biggest and hottest names that kicks off the summer festival season. Last year's bill featured the likes of Usher, Future and Leon Bridges with a surprise performance by hometown hero Will Smith (with his daughter Willow). Over the last decade, the celebrated festival institution has featured artists such as The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Migos, The Black Keys, John Legend, Janelle Monae, TV on the Radio, Nas, Vampire Weekend, Kid Cudi, Public Enemy, Gnarls Barkley, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Gary Clark Jr., Rakim and many more.
FULL LINE-UP IS AS FOLLOWS:
Pharrell & The Roots
Black Thought & J Period Live Mixtape Featuring Fat Joe Mobb Deep Scott Storch
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
James Vincent McMorrow
Gilles Peterson Featuring Mc Earl Zinger
Tickets are on sale NOW at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster Outlets, Live Nation Box Office or by-phone at 800-745-3000.
About The Roots
The legendary Roots Crew, consists of Black Thought (MC), Questlove (drums), Kamal Gray (electronic keyboards), F. Knuckles (percussion), Captain Kirk Douglas (electronic guitar), Damon Bryson (sousaphone) and James Poyser (electronic keyboard).The Roots have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys, including "Best R&B Album" for Wake Up!, "Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance" for "Hang in There" (with John Legend) and "Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance" for "Shine." This brings the band's GRAMMY nomination count to twelve. Additionally, "The Roots Picnic," a yearly star-studded mix of musicians, has become a celebrated institution. The Roots were named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone and serve as the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
About Live Nation Entertainment
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