Roots Picnic Returns in June with Co-Headliners The Roots and Mary J. Blige
After two years out of commission due to the pandemic, Roots Picnic goes live this June with a stupendous lineup featuring the undisputed queen of hip-hop/soul, Mary J. Blige, co-headlining with event founders The Roots. Expanded to two days on June 4 & 5, the festival is set to take place at The Mann at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA with Wizkid, Summer Walker, and Kamasi Washington also sharing top billing.
Launched in 2007 by seminal hip hop ensemble, house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Philly natives The Roots, the festival is a celebration of black music, art, and culture. Hosted, headlined, and curated by the band, the event will also showcase special presentations of “Soulquarians Jam Session” featuring Keyshia Cole, SWV, and Musiq Soulchild, along with “J Period Live Mixtape” featuring Black Thought, Rick Ross, and Benny The Butcher. Other highlights include performances by Masego, Kirk Franklin, G Herbo, Tierra Whack, Freddie Gibbs, Mickey Guyton, YEBBA, Chief Keef, Robert Glasper & Bilal, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Rakim, and many more.
As in years past, the event will also offer a Podcast Stage curated by Willie The King and Wallo 267. Million Dollaz Worth Of Game, Questlove Supreme, Rory & Mal, and Jemele Hill is Unbothered are among the live podcasts set for the stage.
Co-presented by The Roots and Live Nation Urban, Roots Picnic will be hosted by YouTube, where fans can tune in for performances streamed live through The Roots’ official channel.
“After a long two years, we are excited to announce the return of The Roots Picnic to Philly with two days of music and culture at The Mann at Fairmount Park,” said Shawn Gee, The Roots’ manager, president of Live Nation Urban, and Roots Picnic co-founder in a press release. “This year, Black Thought, Questlove, and I attempted to curate a lineup that broke through the genre barriers that often separate us in Black culture. To be able to book Mickey Guyton, Kirk Franklin, G Herbo, Wizkid, Wallo & Gillie, and Mary J. Blige on the same lineup was a dream come true.”
A special fan club presale for Roots Picnic tickets is live now and can be accessed on the festival’s official website. General sales begin on Friday, February 18 at 10 a.m. ET. For more information and how to purchase tickets, click on the links below.