Coming into spring in Philadelphia, I have started to look forward to a couple major things (two of which have already been discussed.) I love me some outside boozing and I can’t wait to see who is playing the Roots Picnic- the one day festival du amazing over at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing orchestrated by the Roots. Every year those sneaky and crafty Roots’ fellas throw together a wild and unique cast of characters to join them on stage on what will most likely be a ninety degree day on the mighty Camden River. The Black Keys, TV on the Radio, Santigold, Run DMC, Wiz Khalifa, Vampire Weekend, Nas and many more have hit up the Roots Picnic during it’s four year run.
This year, the fifth year, is absolutely no exception.
De La Soul (backed by the Roots,) Kid Cudi, a DJ set by James Murphy (formerly of LCD Soundsystem and currently involved with another Damon Albarn project,) Tune-Yards, Wale, Diplo, Major Lazer, Chill Moody and more are on board for this year’s festival which, wait for it…happens over two days. Yes, the two day festival is all the rage now. Dave Matthews Band did it. Metallica is doing it. The Roots are going to do it too. Past Roots' Picnics have been just one super long day and you could tell, especially in recent years, that the Roots just wanted more. I know, it’s funny- like I definitely bet at one point someone asked, “do you want more?” To which the Roots must have just smiled and nodded.
This year’s Roots Picnic is June 2nd and 3rd and once again at Festival Pier. Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 16th.
photo of Black Thought from 2011 Roots Picnic by Tim Blackwell