The Roots, Black Thought move Picnic festival to NYC
September 25, 2016 - Picnic Time
The Roots are a Philadelphia band, though mostly report themselves as titular New Yorkers due to their participation on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and unchanging appearances around a city, such as Questlove’s “Bowl Train” DJ nights during Brooklyn Bowl.
The organisation has been putting on an annual Roots Picnic festival in a hometown for 9 years, and now it’s bringing a festival to New York for a initial time.
Held in Bryant Park, a two-day Picnic will be headlined by The Roots behaving with D’Angelo and John Mayer on Saturday and with New York acts including Wu-Tang Clan, David Byrne and Nile Rodgers on Sunday.
amNewYork spoke with Roots co-founder Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter around email.
Why was this a right time to move The Roots Picnic to NYC?
New York has embraced us for years — from a smaller shows in a early days of The Roots to now being during 30 Rock for Fallon any day. It’s sparkling for us to move something that’s truly a family event to a extended family.
How do we collect a acts?
Well, we have a mind trust that consists of myself, Questlove, Roots government and tighten Roots collaborators. We start with an initial email and after that everybody adds to a pot. We have arguments over who should stay and who goes. It’s a fun and exhausting routine though lovely when your idea creates a final lineup.
Are there large differences between putting this on in Philly vs. NYC?
The biggest disproportion is GRASS. Lol. Our idea in Philly is to eventually take a cruise to Fairmont Park. However, it hasn’t happened nonetheless so opportunely for a NYC fans, they’ll get to knowledge a festival in an tangible park. The other large disproportion is NYC is a two-day festival and Philly is one.
Do we devise to do this annually in NYC or do we see this as something you’ll take to a opposite city any year?
We’d adore to have it in New York as mostly as a city will have us. We’re entrance a 10th anniversary in Philly, so it would be extraordinary to see that kind of longevity here. It’s a large undertaking, though if it’s probable in other cities, we’ll be there.
When we play other festivals, were there things we saw that we suspicion we could do improved if we started one of your own?
Not indispensably better, only with a vibe. We’ve been means to move some of a many implausible and different talent together on stage. It’s fun for us to emanate those moments and generally for a assembly to experience.
In your view, what are a keys to a successful partnership with another artist?
Respecting and carrying trust in a chairman you’re operative with. Being peaceful to adjust and follow a artistic routine wherever it’s heading you.
Is there anyone you’ve always wanted to back, though haven’t had a possibility to?
I’d unequivocally adore to behind Sade. She’s unequivocally a dream artist.
Of all a skits you’ve finished on “The Tonight Show,” that is your favorite and why?
I’d have to contend my favorite right now is “The Tarik Adler Podcast.” That’s been a lot of fun.
What else are we operative on?
Well Questlove and we are still operative on a “Hamilton” mixtape. It’s entrance together unequivocally good so stay on a surveillance for that. we also have a few behaving roles entrance as well. I’m staying bustling per a usual.
If we go: The Roots Picnic is Oct. 1 2 during Bryant Park during 1 p.m., 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, $99, Oct. 1 sole out.
Here are some of a large names entrance to a Roots Picnic
Oct. 1: The Roots, D’Angelo, John Mayer, X Ambassadors, Jeremih, Jerrod Carmichael
Oct. 2: Wu-Tang Clan, David Byrne, Trombone Shorty, Swizz Beatz, Deerhoof, EPMD