The Roots Picnic 2024 Preview

The Best Band in Late Night & much more, Philadelphia’s own The Roots bring their The Roots Picnic back home to The Mann in Fairmont Park this upcoming weekend,...
Roots Picnic
Roots Picnic

The Best Band in Late Night & much more, Philadelphia’s own The Roots bring their The Roots Picnic back home to The Mann in Fairmont Park this upcoming weekend, June 1st & 2nd:



SATURDAY, JUNE 1st

Park Stage  

Jill Scott, 9:15 PM – 10:30 PM

Who Is Jill Scott? The R&B singer hit platinum with that album back in 2000, and since has gone everywhere (QRO photos in Australia) & done everything, from Verzuz battle to the DC Universe. Scott (QRO photos at a ’23 festival) now comes to headline Picnic from her friends The Roots (QRO photos at a festival the month prior).

Jill Scott
   

Funkmaster Flex, 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

Legendary DJ and radio host – the first to ever host a hip-hop radio show – Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex comes to Roots Picnic.

Funkmaster Flex

   

Nas, 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM

One of the most consistently strong rappers for more years than you realize has been Nas (QRO photos at a festival). His 1994 debut Illmatic has been consistently ranked as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, and follow-up It Was Written made him internationally famous (as did a ten-year feud with Jay-Z). More recently, he and Damien Marley of reggae fame & family collaborated both on record & live (QRO photos together at a festival), donating all the royalties to African charities, 2020’s King’s Disease finally won his first Grammy, for Best Rap Album (QRO photos at a ’21 festival), and has followed that up with two more King’s Diseases and three Magics (QRO ’23 photos).

Nas
   

The-Dream, 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Terius Adamu Ya Gesteelde-Diamant has written for everyone from Britney Spears to Beyoncé, Justin Bieber to Jay-Z, but he’s also got his own hit career as he’s living The-Dream.

The-Dream

   

J.Period Live Mixtape with Black Thought, 4:30 PM – 5:1 5 PM

Mixtape master J.Period brings his skills live to The Roots Picnic with The Roots’ own Black Thought and Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man & Red Man (QRO photos).

J.Period
   

Also:

Marsha Ambrosius, 3:20 PM – 4:00 PM

BLK ODYSSY, 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Kenya Vaun, 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

DJ Diamond Kuts, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

BLK ODYSSY

   
   
Presser Stage  

Sexyy Red, 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM

One of the breakout artists of last summer, let Sexyy Red come back this summer to take you to “Pound Town”.

Sexyy Red

   

Smino, 6:45 PM – 7:30 PM

The founder of the musical collective Zero Fatigue, St. Louis rapper Smino (QRO ’23 photos) comes to The Roots Picnic (QRO photos at a Midwest festival) behind 2022’s Luv 4 Rent.

Smino
   

Also:

October London, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

077 Quanny, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Q, 3:10 PM – 3:30 PM

Chioke, 2:30 PM – 2:50 PM

Siangie Twins, 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

DJ Aktive, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

October London
   
   
Centennial Stage  

Million Dollaz Worth of Game, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

R&B Only, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

They Have the Range, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Juan EP Is Life, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

The True Confessions Podcast, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Million Dollaz Worth of Game

SUNDAY, JUNE 2nd

Park Stage  

Lil Wayne & The Roots, 9:15 PM – 10:30 PM

New Orleans’ Lil Wayne (QRO photos at his own festival) joined Cash Money Records at the age of nine, and has never looked back. First as part of the southern hip-hop group Hot Boys, and later solo, Wayne has made a massive impact on music & the charts. In 2010 he released I Am Not a Human Being while serving time in jail, and in 2012 he passed Elvis Presley as the male with most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (QRO photos at a Billboard festival). After finally delivering the long-delayed Tha Carter V in 2018, he followed that up Funeral in 2020, and now comes to headline The Roots Picnic with The Roots themselves, celebrating his hometown with Trombone Shorty, PJ Morton & more.

Lil Wayne

The Roots

   

Gunna, 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM

Best known for his collaborations with Lil Baby and Young Thug – not to mention his arrest with Young Thug on RICO charges – the trap hip-hop star is back with new hits like “FukUMean”.

Gunna
   

Babyface, 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Nothing is smoother than Babyface. The acclaimed musician & producer has racked up the Grammys and the Number One hits, and is considered one of the fathers of today’s modern R&B.

Babyface

   

Adam Blackstone, 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Philly’s own Adam Blackstone has been the musical director & performer for, like, everyone: Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Eminem, Janet Jackson, Dr. Dre, and so many others who’d never be left off any other list, but his is just so packed – including Picnic’s own Jill Scott (see above) and The Roots. He comes back home for Legacy Experience, with American Idol star-made-star in her own right Fantasia and Tasha Cobbs Leonard.

Adam Blackstone

   

Robert Glasper featuring Yebba, 3:20 PM – 4:15 PM

Robert Glasper (QRO photos) grew up going to club dates with his mother rather than being left with a babysitter. It’s no wonder he’s grown up into the Robert Glasper Experiment (QRO photos outdoors), who won the 2012 Grammy for Best R&B Album for Black Radio, and now plays The Roots Picnic with Yebba.

Robert Glasper
   

Also:

Shaboozey, 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

N3wyrkla, 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

DJ Diamond Kuts, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Shaboozey

   
   
Presser Stage  

André 3000, 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM

As one-half of the famed OutKast (QRO photos at a festival), André 3000 brought southern rap to the wider world as he shook it like a Polaroid picture (back when Polaroids were still around). After 2006’s Idlewild, André was more active as an actor than rapper – and then last year released an honest-to-god instrumental album, including flute, New Blue Sun, so who knows what to expect at The Roots Picnic.

André 3000

   

Cam’ron, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

Over two-and-a-half decades of hits have come from New York’s East Coast hip-hop hit Cam’ron.

Cam’ron
   

Wale, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Since his discovery by superstar producer Mark Ronson, things have gone very well for D.C. rapper Wale (QRO photos), with mixtapes, collaborations, and even regular ol’ studio albums.

Wale
   

Also:

Baller Alert: Backyard Band featuring Scarface & Amerie, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Leon Thomas, 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Julian King, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

DJ Aktive, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Julian King

   
   
Centennial Stage  

Tonight’s Conversation, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Jerk x Jollof, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Nina’s House Podcast, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

U+Me+RnB, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

DJ Doc B, 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Jerk x Jollof

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