The Roots Picnic will return to Philadelphia this summer, with the annual party hosted by the hometown band scheduled to take place at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing on June 2. Announced on Wednesday, the lineup for the annual event was once again curated by The Roots, and features scheduled performances from artists including Lil Uzi Vert, Dirty Projectors, 2 Chainz, Brandy, Jadakiss and Fabolous, to name a few. This year’s event will also welcome fans try a Madden and NBA2K video game tournament, explore fashion/art panels and enjoy a podcast stage, which will feature a live episode recording from one of the event’s main organizers, Questlove.
Arguably the biggest name on the bill is none other than comedian Dave Chappelle. The newly revamped Chappelle will look to host The Roots’ headlining jam session, which is also scheduled to include appearances by special guests. Chappelle made two different appearances at The Roots Picnic back in the fall of 2016, when the event took place over two days at New York City’s Bryant Park in addition to its summer run in Philadelphia.
“If I’m out here, two things are true - Kevin Hart couldn’t be here and D’Angelo’s late,” the famous jokester said over the mic in hopes of killing off some waiting time prior to D’Angelo’s delayed headlining performance at the 2016 event. He also delivered a brief stand-up performance earlier that day as part of Neal Brennan’s (“Chappelle’s Show” co-creator) scheduled comedy set.
"This year we’ve tried to vary the non-musical elements of the lineup," Roots manager Shawn Gee said the upcoming event. "We see so many homogenous festival lineups, and we've always prided ourselves on trying to create unique moments for the Roots Picnic attendee that they can’t see anywhere else.”
The Roots have welcomed unannounced guests ranging from Alicia Keys to Mr. Chappelle in the past, so fans should keep their expectations high for whoever the band brings on stage for this year’s event. For tickets and more general information on this year’s Roots Picnic, fans can visit the event’s official website.