The Roots Picnic may not be the biggest annual music festival in the U.S. each year, but when it comes to curating an urban-based lineup with some alternative and indie names also thrown in the mix, there are very few events in music that do it better. On Monday morning the lineup was revealed for the 10th annual Roots Picnic in its hometown of Philadelphia this coming June, and this year's roster looks to be no exception to Questlove’s reputation as a fantastic musical tastemaker.
The biggest names on the 2017 Roots Picnic poster include Lil Wayne, Solange, 21 Savage, Kimbra, and Pharrell Williams, who will be taking the stage with The Roots acting as his backing band, as they typically do with the bigger artists who headline their party.
Other artists set to perform at the one-day festival on June 3 in the Roots’ hometown of Philadelphia, PA, include Pete Rock, Michael Kiwanuka, Thundercat, James Vincent McMorrow, and the Black Thought & J. Period Live Mixtape which features Fat Joe, Mobb Deep, and Scott Storch.
"Ten years ago this started as a concept, an idea, a conversation between me, Tarik (Black Thought), Ahmir (Questlove) and Rich (Nichols)," said Shawn Gee, the Roots' longtime manager to go with Monday's announcement in a statement. "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 annual, multi-city festival typically helps music fans start out their summer vacation at its usual location at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, and will most likely be returning to New York City again this fall for its newly added two-day chapter in the big apple a few months later. The Roots usually sit in as the house band for many of the bigger names who perform, and at the Picnic this past October they played alongside John Mayer, D’Angelo, Alicia Keys, David Byrne, Nile Rodgers, and the Wu-Tang Clan.
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