Solange, Pharrell and Friends Highlight Epic 10th Anniversary of a Roots Picnic

June 5, 2017 - Picnic Time

Solange performs on theatre during a 10th annual Roots Picnic on Jun 3, 2017 in Philadelphia. (Alfonso Solis/Fusion)

More than 10,000 strain lovers flocked to Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia Saturday for a annual Roots Picnic. This year’s festival noted a 10th anniversary of a unaccepted summer launch celebration and kicked off Black Music Month. Stars of a past and benefaction came out to applaud a ancestral event.

Despite a deficiency of one a biggest headliners (Lil Wayne pulled out last-minute due to medical reasons), hypnotizing performances by Solange and Pharrell done a 2017 Roots Picnic a noted one.

For a initial time in days, speak of meridian change and a Paris accords took a backseat as concertgoers were sanctified with scarcely ideal weather. The whack began with Auto-Tuned sounds from Philadelphia-native PnB Rock, who served as a good warmup with his enterprising set. The tatted artist mingled with his hometown folks following his performance.


Early arrivers were also treated to Chicago artist Noname whose quirky coming is easy to love. Her nasally tinge and smart bars meshed good with a three-piece live band. Irish thespian James Vincent McMorrow won over a mostly unknown throng and gained some new fans by a finish of his set.

Soon-to-be XXL Freshman Playboi Carti showed off his childish exuberance, jumping around a Oasis Stage to marks off his entrance self-titled project. The throng went adult when a newest member of a A$AP Mob achieved his strike “Magnolia,” that was recently featured on an NBA Finals broadcast. Meanwhile, 2016 XXL Freshman 21 Savage got a throng going with a more-laid-back theatre presence, permitting his bass-heavy bangers to do many of a work.

As a day went on, comparison some-more seasoned festival attendees began to record in to see a maestro acts. The mythological Black Thought and Pete Rock achieved classical after classic, drill a younger drivel rappers on how to enunciate. Fat Joe also done a guest coming during a set to perform his reversion chart-toppers “Lean Back” and “Make It Rain.” He stranded around to assistance out with marks from Black Thought and J.Period’s Live Mixtape, along with Mobb Deep and Scott Storch. The brew of nostalgia with a immature rappers supposing a good change of ratchet and righteousness.


Lil Wayne’s termination caused some difficulty with scheduling, and eventually, a listed set times were thrown out a window. Thundercat’s musty sounds were listened from a stretch and Young Jeezy was seen from a large shade as we waited during a South Stage for a angel Solange to descend. Jeezy asked a throng to repute their city by cheering out where they’re from, afterwards soon retorted, “I don’t give a fuck where you’re from,” as his strain “Put On” rang off. The male has trap hits for days.

You could feel a throng removing antsy during a mangle before a headlining performances. Personal space was a unfamiliar judgment as a primarily black and womanlike assembly packaged in to declare a stately Solange Knowles in a flesh.

All of Pennsylvania could substantially hear a shrill screams as a eager thespian floated onto a theatre to a sounds of “Rise,” her intro lane on A Seat during a Table. Being in a participation of black kings and queens singing “Don’t Touch My Hair” and “This shit is for us” from her lane “F.U.B.U.” was one of a many absolute unison moments I’ve ever witnessed. At a time when immature girls are being punished in propagandize for wearing their healthy hair, Solange flaunts her dark and encourages others to do a same. Her summary of self-satisfaction resonated with attendees of all backgrounds, though she done it transparent that some things are meant for her people, black people.

“I adore Solange. She creates me adore myself,” was overheard in a crowd. Tears were issuing from circuitously assembly members. Flanked by security, Solange hopped off-stage and came into a assembly to hold a fans and still didn’t skip a note. She achieved The Proud Family thesis strain a cappella as a object set with a Ben Franklin Bridge in a background. The theatre was officious spiritual.


After a performance, fans were forced to change gears mentally and physically as a throng ran over to a adjacent theatre to hear Pharrell’s upbeat jams. Everyone knows Pharrell has hits, though it’s tough to quantify until we declare his uncover in-person. His prolongation credits make his catalog distinct any other, permitting him to perform damn nearby any song, it seems.

One warn guest after another popped adult onstage during a final hours of a festival. Some guest accompanied Pharrell and a Roots on songs like Noreaga did with “Super Thug,” and Pusha T with “Grindin’.” Others, like a dumb Tyler a Creator, showed adult with no microphone and were simply there to spin adult on stage. The Roots, as always, facilely killed it, proof because they have been a tack in hip-hop for 30 years. By a finish of a night, a Festival Pier had incited into a party.


Festival organizers and performers pulled out all a stops to applaud a decade of Roots Picnics, and a eventuality didn’t disappoint. Here’s to another 10 years.

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