Exclusive: The Roots Announce 10th Annual Roots Picnic with …

February 21, 2017 - Picnic Time

The annual Roots Picnic turns 10 this spring, and organizers are bringing Pharrell, Solange, and Lil Wayne to Festival Pier on Jun 3 to celebrate. Tickets went on sale during noon Monday during rootspicnic.com.

For a decade, a annual cruise has driven internal and inhabitant crowds to Philly to hear a best and brightest, old- and new-school hip-hop artists, some of whom (Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy, Usher in a past) get a singular event to group with one of America’s finest, many energetic live bands: The Roots.

“This really speaks to a staying energy of The Roots and a aberration of a cruise as a good festival,” says Roots cofounder Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter. “Not many song festivals last, have a 10-year run, or reason such effect and stay consistently good and removing better.”

Pharrell Williams (Hidden Figures) will join The Roots, along with additional headliners such as nu-soul songstress Solange (Beyoncé’s sister), producer/bassist Thundercat, old-school swat fable Pete Rock, and British poison jazz DJ Gilles Petersen.

Two of the Roots Picnic events engage Black Thought alone. First, there is his annual, morning-of-the-concert Black Thought/Roots Rock 5K gift run for his GrassROOTS Community Foundation

Then there is a Black Thought J Period Live Mixtape showcase – an improvisational DJ/MC set grown in 2016 during The Roots’ initial New York City picnic. “It was a large strike in New York,” says Trotter, “and now each time we do a picnic, only like my 5K, this live mixtape will be partial of a proceedings.”


The 2017 iteration of a Philly Roots Picnic only happens to be something special: a set to underline rappers Fat Joe and Mobb Deep, along with keyboardist-turned-mega-producer Scott Storch. “This is a official, strange Roots reunion with Philly’s possess Scott Storch,” says Trotter.

 

Storch famously got his start as a one-time member of The Roots in their early years (he played and cowrote marks on The Roots’ eccentric tag debut, 1993’s Organix), who left a rope by 1995 for fame, fortune, and a news pages. One of Storch’s initial large tracks, “Lean Back,” a 2004 pound with Fat Joe and Remy Ma, will get a live airing as partial of Thought’s Live Mixtape, along with “many other warn marks and additional unannounced guests,” says Trotter. “That’s what creates a Roots Picnic good – a performances we have designed and a ones that only happen.”

10th annual Roots Picnic line up:

Pharrell The Roots

Lil Wayne a.k.a. Mixtape Weezy

Solange

21 Savage

Kimbra

Black Thought J Period Live Mixtape featuring Fat Joe, Mobb Deep, Scott Storch

Virgil Abloh

Pete Rock

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

James Vincent McMorrow

Noname

Gilles Peterson featuring MC Earl Zinger

Khalid

Michael Kiwanuka

DJ Spinna

PnB Rock

Tunji Ige

Quite Hype

DJ N.O.C.


 

Tickets  are on sale to a ubiquitous open around Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster Outlets, LiveNation Box Office, or by phone during 800-745-3000.




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