Roots Picnic

Classic & Modern R&B Reigns Supreme at Roots Picnic 2022

R&B had a moment at this year's Roots Picnic. Acts ranging from Mary J. Blige to Jazmine Sullivan to SWV… Read More

June 6, 2022

Mary J. Blige to Headline Roots Picnic 2022

Expanding to two days and returning to in-person, Roots Picnic 2022 will feature Mary J. Blige, Summer Walker, Wizkid, Jazmine… Read More

February 15, 2022

Roots Picnic 2020 Was Almost One Of The Last Physical Roots Performances At The Festival

Black Thought said that the planned Roots Picnic performance "may have been our swan song as performers in the festival." The… Read More

November 5, 2020

The Roots Return, Lightning Strikes, and Lil Uzi Unites Philly at the 2018 Roots Picnic

Here's what went down at the 2018 Roots Picnic. Fans, friends, family, and more gathered at Festival Pier in Philadelphia… Read More

June 4, 2018

Roots Picnic 2018: The Existential Crisis Of Hearing A Teen Ask “Who Is Dave Chappelle”?

"Who's Dave Chappelle?" I overheard the question, asked by a teen to his friend — also a teen — while I was… Read More

June 4, 2018

Life is a Parade: Celebrate Prince, ‘Under the Cherry Moon’ in Philly with Screen/Play

 screen/play is linking up with Okayplayer and Questlove for an intimate tribute to Prince and his Under the Cherry Moon… Read More

June 3, 2018

Roots Picnic 2018: An (Un)Official Soundtrack

The warm-up for an all-star weekend. This Saturday, June 2nd, Roots Picnic returns to Penn's Landing for the 2018 installment of… Read More

June 1, 2018

Watch Pharrell and The Roots Blend “Break You Off” and 702’s “I Still Love You”

One last highlight from a historic Roots Picnic with Pharrell The 10th Annual Roots Picnic has come and gone, but the… Read More

July 10, 2017

Watch Pharrell & Pusha T Perform a Clipse Medley with The Roots at Roots Picnic 2017 Virginia storms Philly with a little help from Pharrell, Pusha T and The Neptunes sound Hard to believe it's… Read More

July 4, 2017

Watch Mobb Deep Deliver an Electrifying Performance of “Shook Ones Pt. II” at Roots Picnic 2017

A special performance of the Mobb Deep classic from Roots Picnic 2017 Just a few weeks prior to his sudden… Read More

June 23, 2017

Artists And Fans Alike Came Dressed To Impress For Roots Picnic 2017 This year's Roots Picnic was such a great time and — oh, you weren't there? So you didn't get to… Read More

June 15, 2017

Battle of the Bandz: Instant Photos of Family & Friends at Roots Picnic ’17

In Philadelphia, you can't throw a Questlove signature drumstick without hitting someone who is related to The Roots, grew up… Read More

June 13, 2017

Solange Brings Her Own Blood Moon, Ripens Her Own Crop At Roots Picnic

A few weeks before boarding a Megabus to Philadelphia for Roots Picnic, I stood in the winding heights of The… Read More

June 9, 2017

10 Years Strong, Roots Picnic Remains a Singular All-Star Festival Experience [Recap]

The 10th Annual Roots Picnic was a celebration of timeless and generational talents 10 years is a long time. And… Read More

June 7, 2017

Every Photo You Need To See From The 10th Annual Roots Picnic

The 10th Annual Roots Picnic as told through two of our favorite lenses. Let's not pretend for a moment that… Read More

June 6, 2017

A Dream Come True: Watching Pharrell Up Close At Roots Picnic 2017

I stared hopelessly at the back of the main stage of the Roots Picnic as Pharrell was about to take… Read More

June 4, 2017