Culture

The Roots, Michelle Obama Hosting Virtual Roots Picnic 2020

SZA, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, and more will perform on the YouTube livestream.

On Tuesday, The Roots and Michelle Obama announced their plans for June 27th’s Roots Picnic. The former First Lady’s When We All Vote initiative teamed up with the crew to create a virtual festival.

“If you know the legendary,” Questlove wrote on Instagram, “You know the show must always go on NO MATTER WHAT. So with that said…proud to be partnering with forever our lady Michelle Obama and her When We All Vote organization to present the 13th annual #RootsPicnic virtual experience. on Saturday 6PM EST on June 27th!”

 

Artists will perform over YouTube livestream, while a plethora of non-musical guests will also make appearances. The musical lineup features The Roots, SZA, H.E.R., G. Herbo, Earthgang, Polo G, Snoh Aalegra, and Musiq Soulchild. DJ D-Nice will also play a special set during the festivities. Kirk Franklin, Janelle Monae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tom Hanks, Liza Koshy, Chris Paul and Lin Manuel-Miranda will make appearances as well. Tune in to The Roots’ YouTube page to watch the show.

DaBaby, Burna Boy, Thundercat, and more were among the festival’s original lineup. Hometown hero Meek Mill was an original headliner. Originally set for May 30, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the date back to August 1 before organizers decided to officially cancel the festival altogether.

The festival was set to feature live podcast recordings from Kid Fury and Crissle’s The Read, Elliot Wilson’s CRWN, and The Joe Budden Podcast. Stay tuned for further updates on Roots Picnic 2020.

Torry Threadcraft

Torry Threadcraft is a writer who covers music, sports, and culture. You can find his daily ramblings and culinary takes at @dreadcraft.

Share
Published by
Torry Threadcraft

Recent Posts

Beyoncé Announces ‘Renaissance’ World Tour

After rumors that her tour launch would begin this week, on Wednesday, Beyoncé began the… Read More

February 1, 2023

DC is Finally Ready to Compete with the MCU

During a presentation of DC Universe Chapter 1, studio heads Peter Safran and James Gunn… Read More

January 31, 2023

Questlove Will Co-Curate a Hip-Hop 50 Performance During the 2023 Grammys

In partnership with Mass Appeal, Questlove will co-curate the Hip-Hop 50 tribute during the 65th… Read More

January 31, 2023

This AI Generator Will Allow You to Turn Mundane Topics Into a Drake Song

Drake fans are using website AI generator website Drayk.it to make automatic versions of songs… Read More

January 31, 2023

Will Smith & Martin Lawrence Announce Fourth ‘Bad Boys’ Movie

On Tuesday, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence went to social media to announce the fourth… Read More

January 31, 2023

Lil Wayne Is Hitting the Road for ‘Welcome to Tha Carter Tour’

Rap icon Lil Wayne will embark on the 'Welcome to Tha Carter Tour' in April,… Read More

January 31, 2023