Questlove of The Roots

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, people. That means summer is here, when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of rolling around in a grassy field with some 10,000-20,000 of his closest friends, losing his mind while the greatest bands the world has ever known blow out some speaker stacks roughly the size of the original World Trade Center. Young ladies, too. Can’t forget the ladies (the ladies, the ladies). What we’re trying to say is: it’s Festival Season and Okayplayer is here to run down the best of the best, the absolute must-sees from Brooklyn to Rotterdam, Montreaux to Philly–all listed in chronological order, with artist info, dates and tickets links, your one-stop shop for getting the most musical bang for your young buck. We got a lotta bands to run through and Summer is fleeting, so…Let’s go!



  • Jason

    Wow, no Summerfest in Milwaukee? Only the worlds largest outdoor music festival with the Roots on 6/29…

    • NARLy

      i agree. i’ve seen the roots perform there 3 times now.

  • Michael Greene

    I’m there especially if Rakim shows up!

  • sites must get $ for setting up their lists where you have to click instead of just putting the info on one page…lol great list tho

  • Luuk

    The picture is of a Dutch Caribian iland named curacou. Not of Rotterdam.

    • Yoren

      Luke, I’m your father

  • ShaZan1011

    You forgot Soundset with Lupe, Atmosphere, Macklemore, Doomtree, Grynch, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T, P.O.S., I Self Divine, Bambu and the list goes on

  • I was searching for Musicfestivals.com and found your blog. Really nice article though. Please keep posting about these things. Thanks, Chris Eric.

  • yeah the roots are definately the band to see!

  • Palaba

    Rock the Bells is a shadow of what it was. Both the venues and talent have been severely downsized.