It’s more than just a concert. It’s culture. It’s Black people, artists, and creators from all over the City of Brotherly Love coming together for one weekend to celebrate the music and the melanin.
A Philly Staple
Since its inception in 2008, the roots picnic has brought forth a Philly vibe and essence unmatched by other big-named festivals and concerts. It just feels different because it is different.
“There’s no egos, everybody really just comes to have a good time, that’s what’s perfect about the Roots Picnic,” producer/engineer and Philadelphia Chapter board member Dilemma told the Grammy’s.
“You get exposed to new music, new artists and you come to be entertained.”
Returning This Spring
This year’s festival takes place June 2nd to the 4th at The Mann Music Center in Fairmount Park and features a dope lineup. Its founders, Grammy-award winning band The Roots are Philadelphia natives. It also gives many local artists a platform to share their artistry and become discovered by new audiences.
The Iconic Headliners
Headlining acts to include Diddy, Philly’s own Lil’ Uzi Vert, and the icon Miss Lauryn Hill performing her classic album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” in its entirety.
Of course The Roots will hit the stage, as well as other Philly natives including rapper Eve and a much anticipated, State Property Reunion.
Dave Chapelle will be bringing all the laughs to the city with a comedy show at The Wells Fargo Center. The legendary Isley Brothers will be sure to serenade the crowd with classics and soul.
The Talent Continues
Today’s trending artists will also be apart of the festivities including City Girls, Glorilla, Lucky Daye, Adam Blackstone, Coco Jones, and more.
“Everybody’s here. The DJs are here, the artists are here, the producers are here, the fans are here, and there’s great energy when other top artists come to Philadelphia,” said Dilemma.
“When everybody’s under the same Picnic roof there’s a great energy, it’s always a good time. The Roots always know how to show Philadelphia and on a great scale.”
For The People
The Podcast stage will feature influencers providing commentary and thought-provoking conversations important to Black culture such as Charlamagne The God, Angela Yee, and Philly’s own Don’t Call Me White Girl.
This is one jawn you don’t want to miss! There’s sure to be plenty of vendors with unique merchandise for sale, delicious food, and drinks.
Most importantly, there’s sure to be a guarantee of soul-touching, hip-shaking, booty-popping, sing-a-long music.
It is the magic of music that it’s all about anyway: how music can bring people together and transcend so many barriers all the while uplifting our souls.
To see the full list of musical artists visit their official website.