(Photo credit: Marv Watson)
The acclaimed Roots Festival will make its way to New York this October (1 & 2) in Bryant Park.
The Roots will be featured throughout. On day 1 they will serve as the headliners, with special guests D’Angelo and John Mayer. Day to has been dubbed “A love letter to NYC” and will feature live performances from New York acts Wu Tang Clan, David Byrne, Nile Rodgers, and some surprise guests, all backed by Nile Rodgers. Swizz Beatz, X Ambassadors, Trombone Story, Kevin Gates, Deerhoof, Echosmith, Jermih, and DJ Jazzy Jeff are additionally slotted to play. Check out the full festival lineup below.
The festival is only one of many live performances The Roots have planned for New York City this summer. The band will headline Lowdown Hudson Festival in July with Drive-By Truckers have planned a number of other live events throughout the summer. Fans can always catch them as the house band of The Tonight Band with Jammy Fallon.
The event in New York has been in planning for some time. Stacy George, Livenation VP of Booking made a public statement.
“Bringing Roots Picnic to New York City is a project we have been working on for the last 2 ½ years. We needed to find the perfect moment and setting to host such a unique event and we wouldn’t have been able to without amazing partners in Bryant Park and The Roots”
The Roots Picnic got its start in Philadelphia as an affair to kick off the summer music festival season in Philadelphia. The Roots have been performing together since their beginnings in 1987. Formed in Philadelphia, the crew consists of Black Thought (MC), Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (electronic keyboards), F. Knuckles (percussion), Captain Kirk Douglas (electronic guitar), Damon Bryson (sousaphone) and James Poyser (electronic keyboard).
The Roots Picnic (New York) 2016 Lineup
Stretch & Bobbitto
Everyday People feat DJ Moma
Comedy Set from Jerrod Carmichael
Black Thought’s Live Mixtape featuring Styles P x Royce da 5’9 x Freddie Gibbs and DJ J Period
Lil Uzi Vert
Daniel “Bambatta” Marley
Comedy Set from Neal Brennan
DJ Jazzy Jeff
Grits & Biscuits
*Backed by The Roots