The Roots have announced music acts billed to perform at their upcoming “Picnic” festival in Philadelphia, including Asher Roth, Kid Cudi, Public Enemy and more.
Taking place this summer, the event will kick-off from the group’s hometown.
TV On The Radio, Public Enemy, the Black Keys and Santigold are among the acts handpicked by The Roots to play the band’s second annual hometown “Roots Picnic” on June 6 at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. Public Enemy will perform the classic album “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” in its entirety backed by The Roots and Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band Antibalas. The Roots will also play two sets, opening and closing the festivities. The Roots Picnic runs from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm. (Billboard)
Along with the main headliners, additional rap acts will be on hand to perform at the Picnic event.
The Pipes featuring Zoe Kravitz and Busdriver are also set to play on the main stage, with DJs Cash Money and Jazzy Jeff spinning sets in between the bands. Writtenhouse, Back to Basics, Making Time, Busdriver, Kid Cudi and Asher Roth will all play on a second stage. (Press Release)
Last year’s event featured a variety of musicians, however, Santigold was unable to perform.
The Roots Picnic Weekend kicks-off with the Pre-Picnic Jam Session “The Hors D’Oeuvres” featuring Santogold, The Randy Watson Experience (?uesto, Bilal, Robert Glasper and James Poyser), Janelle Monae, and The Roots. Sadly Santogold will no longer be able to perform at the Picnic on Saturday, so make sure you catch her at Hors D’Oevres Friday night. (MySpace)
Aside from the upcoming “Picnic,” The Roots are currently performing as the house band for “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”
“Initially I was a little leery,” Black Thought said in an interview. “I initially was thinking, Is this just going to be ammo for some other rapper to try to dis me for?’ Like, `Your career is so over now/ You’re a house band for …’ You have to be that many steps ahead of whatever move you’re going to make…[however], It was just sounding better and better as the months went on…The pros outweighed the cons.” (Associated Press)