Saturday, June 4
Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing – Philadelphia

Tickets On Sale This Friday, March 4 at 10am!

Starring: The Roots, Nas (backed by The Roots), Wiz Khalifa, Esperanza Spalding (backed by The Roots), Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Man Man, The Dismemberment Plan, Mac Miller, Yelawolf, Little Dragon, J. Period, Nicos Gun & Donn T.

PHILADELPHIA – Today, the Legendary Roots crew announced the 4th annual ROOTS PICNIC will take place at Philadelphia’s Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, June 4th.  The Picnic is one of the hottest shows of the summer, curated entirely by The Legendary Roots Crew to create a unique, genre-bending all day festival in the city of Philadelphia that boasts multiple stages, eclectic collaborations and the latest and greatest of what music has to offer.  This year the main stage will have sets from The Roots, Nas (with The Roots), Wiz Khalifa, Esperanza Spalding and more.

Beloved Philadelphians The Roots are among music’s elite and continue to garner critical acclaim with their every move. This year they snagged up three more Grammys to add to their already packed trophy case.  They’re also one of the busiest bands around and when they’re not performing a show or in the studio, The Roots can be seen every week night as the house band on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”.

After having Public Enemy and Wu Tang members play backed by the Roots at the Picnic in ’09 and ’10, you need an artist of tremendous stature to back those performances up. Nas is that guy – a man many consider one of the top MC’s in the history of the game. From his brilliant 1994 debut Illmatic, to his mainstream success with It Was Written, to his anthemic ability to tell stories, educate and perform, Nas is the stuff of rap legend. This could go down as the greatest performance at the Roots Picnic ever.

Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa may be newer to the scene but has established himself as one of the rap game’s brightest young stars to watch. The artist behind “Black & Yellow” embarked on a stint on the famed “Rock The Bells” tour alongside such legends as Lauryn Hill and Snoop Dogg, which was immediately followed by his nation-wide headlining tour and performing at Bonnaroo and Bamboozled.

Bassist, vocalist, composer and Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding is making her second trip to The Roots Picnic, after blowing the crowd away in 2009. Since her 2008 release of Esperanza, which went on to become the best selling album by a new jazz artist internationally and top the Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart for over 70 weeks, Spalding has not slowed down. Last year, she released Chamber Music Society, which sets her on an upward trajectory to prominence, which culminated by winning a Grammy for best New Artist this year.

Last year’s Picnic was a sold-out affair — among the highlights was the generous serving of The Roots playing back-up band to John Legend and then with Wu Tang Clan’s Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon. In previous years performers have included TV on the Radio, Vampire Weekend, Public Enemy, The Black Keys, Santigold, Gnarls Barkley, Kid Cudi, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and many more.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 4 at 10am and will be available at LiveNation.com, Live Nation Box Office (111 Presidential Blvd, Bala Cynwyd), Festival Pier (Columbus Blvd & Spring Garden St, Phila / day-of-show only) or by-phone at 800-745-3000.

artwork by John P Dessereau, www.johnpdessereau.com


  • jane


    • ryan

      jane is a woman therefore doesn’t know good music. Fuck esperanza spalding, wiz + mac + nas + roots= dope ass concert

    • Ayana

      I normally don’t respond to comments like the one just above mine, but as someone who spends tens of thousands of dollars of college tuition to study/train in Music Composition, be one of the top students in my field, and then to hear a statement like that is rather insulting. So thanks for putting that out there.

    • dylan

      you’re both a couple of fags, this show would definitely not be better without mac miller and wiz, it would be moderately interesting at best

    • Ayana

      I wasn’t talking about the artists. I was referring to the comment he made about women not knowing anything about good music.

    • Emrily


  • Lee

    Going to be dope!

  • Nick

    I agree with Jane ! But it’s going to be dope!

  • Mjreilly10@hotmail.c

    sucks wiz n mac are gonna be there cuz that means sloppy drunk 16 year olds are going to be there .. hopefully they get kicked out and flagged before NAS performs backed by the Legendary Roots .. also hoping MMJB make another appearance

    • Voldemort

      “high” 16 year old ya jackass

    • bri

      hahha agreed with “high” wiz is a smoking kind of artist jackasss

  • nick

    glad Esperanza is making another appearance at the Picnic!!!

    • Kick the tires and light the fires, problem offcialliy solved!

  • Bree

    Wow 9 days before my birthday! This would be my gift to myself! Nice…….

  • Kirby

    Anyone have the presale code for 3/2?

  • Decent video of the Dismemberment Plan playing “Life of Possibilities” at the Metro in Chicago on February 19, 2011 is available here http://wp.me/p11VLN-4G

  • emaleigh

    Would love to check out The Roots Picnic but why does it continue to be at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing? It’s the worst outdoor concert venue in Philly. It’s a makeshift parking lot! No real bathrooms. A tent as a concession area (and the only spot for cover from the elements), and a blacktop lot serving as a general admission concert venue. Ugh. This event could certainly succeed in a different space. Consider moving it next year!

    • Lisa

      Agreed. Festival Pier, well, blows!

  • I’m gonna look into coming down for this!

  • d-plan, little dragon, nas + roots, black thought + j.period…that alone would be a great set. this is gonna be sick

  • c’mon son!

    This lineup could have been so much better with an artist like Blu or Fashawn representing the new age of hip hop, kinda like they had Jay Elec last year, rather than Wiz or Mac, no disrespect, I understand that it will draw a different type of crowd which is cool but c’mon son!

  • dj crossfader

    yelawolf sucks

  • Nova

    Pre sale code PLEASE!?

  • anyone have the promo code?

  • EXCITED!!!!!!! honestly I think the people watching will be the highlight of the weekends events…

  • chocolate’

    Nas and Esparanza…hands down hot ish

  • Traveling all the way from the A for this! Can’t wait!

  • Fred

    Hey Guys!

    I’ve been waiting forever to go to this festival, I’m so excited it’s finally happening! Me and some friends are heading up from NYC, anyone have any suggestions of how to get to the festival?

    • Samantha

      So they not have gps’ in nyc Fred? If ya can’t find the venue then I don’t think you should come there may be some more crazy complicated obstacles once you get there. And shiit finding your way home could be close to impossible.

  • Anyone know how to get media accreditation for this?

  • delco res

    Does anyone know how I could find out the order of the acts for the day? I’d rather not go in too early and have to sit through the kiddy boppers, I just bought the tickets to see Nas and The Roots, although I think Esperanza Spalding would be a solid act.

  • Brian

    Idk what the hell all these ppl are talking about. The only resin I’m considering to go is because of Mac and Wiz is an added bonus. U ppl don’t kno good music…