The outing, celebrating its 8th year, was completely sold-out with over 13,000 attendees. This year marked the first time the festival showcased their eclectic lineup across THREE different stages.
“This was really just one day of good fucking music, front to back, from beginning to end. Festivals probably still suck. Roots Picnic did not” – Noisey
Talent for the picnic included: The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, Erykah Badu (backed by The Roots), The Roots, DJ Mustard, Hiatus Kaiyote, Rae Sremmurd, Chronixx and the Zincfence Redemption, Afrika Bambaataa, Hudson Mohawke, DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire), Raury, King Britt, Bishop Nehru, Moses Sumney, Brianna Cash, Marc E. Bassy, Donn T – with special guest appearances from YG, Freeway, & The LOX.
“…audience members received an almost therapeutic refresher on what soul music can be in 2015: something that has history, meaning and, well, roots — yet still feels alive…” – Billboard
About The Roots
Formed in 1987, in Philadelphia, PA, the legendary Roots Crew, consists of Black Thought (MC), Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (electronic keyboards), F. Knuckles (percussion), Captain Kirk Douglas (electronic guitar), Damon Bryson (sousaphone) and James Poyser (electronic keyboard).
Having previously released twelve projects, The Roots have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys, including “Best R&B Album” for Wake Up!, “Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance” for “Hang in There” (with John Legend) and “Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance” for “Shine.”
The ensemble was most recently nominated for “Best Rap Album” for the 2011 release of “undun.” This brings the band’s GRAMMY nomination count to twelve. Additionally, The Roots have also become the faces of Philly’s “Fourth of July Jam,” an annual concert held during the Fourth of July with the biggest names in music, and “The Roots Picnic,” a yearly star-studded mix of musicians, that has become a celebrated institution during awards season.
Recently The Roots were named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone, became the official house band on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” where they currently perform every Monday– Friday. The Roots celebrated the release of their 11th studio album …and then you shoot your cousin in May 2014