The Roots Are On Fire
The Roots are one of those bands that doesn’t really need an introduction. Even if hip hop isn’t your cup of tea, there’s a good chance you know who Questlove is. Not only are The Roots an award-winning hip hop act, they also moonlight as Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show band. On their 11th album, …And Then You Shoot your Cousin, the band continues their legacy of creating great tracks. Read more…
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…and then you shoot your cousin is the prolific Roots’ eleventh album, coming quick on the heels of their 2013 collaboration with Elvis Costello, Wise Up Ghost, and their 2011 Grammy-winning album, Undun. Despite the short time between these releases, The Roots somehow manage to maintain the high bar they set for themselves with the thoughtful and thought-provoking cousin. Read more…
Wawa Welcome America’s 4th of July Jam is back again and this year it’s better than ever. Billed as “the largest free concert in America,” the event goes down over the 4th of July weekend on the Ben Franklin Parkway with the Art Museum as the backdrop.
The Wawa Welcome America festival is a week long series of events. This year, everything kicks off with a new event, the Liberty Block Party, on 6/28. The day long event will feature live music and delicious food, but at this point we still know very little about what will happen aside form its location (The Shops at Liberty Place). Among other free events open to Philadelphians are a parade, and of course, the always popular Wawa Hoagie Day.
But the big event is certainly the 4th of July Jam. As usual, The Roots will be here fulfilling their role as the house band. In perhaps their most impressive lineup yet, this year’s event features Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, Aloe Blacc, Jennifer Hudson, and Ariana Grande. The event will also feature Vicci Martinez, Season 1 finalist from The Voice. Questlove’s Instagram seems to hint at some possible surprise guests. Two years ago, the Philly legends brought out Lauryn Hill.
As usual, the 4th of July jam will be free. But tickets will be available for reserved seated area. You can follow Wawa Welcome America on Twitter for opportunities to win prime seating for the show. The 4th of July weekend is quickly shaping up to be a star-studded event. In addition to all of the talented performers headed to our area for the 4th of July Jam, Mr. and Mrs. Carter will also be in the neighborhood on July 5th for their co-headlining tour.
Wawa Welcome America 4th of July Jam
Friday, July 4
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This week Questlove announced the 7th Annual Roots Picnic. Happening again at Festival Pier, this year’s picnic will here just in time for the start of summer, May 31st of Memorial Day weekend. Shawn Gee, producer of the Roots Picnic said, “We are excited about the lineup we are able to put together this year. The Picnic is one of the highlights of the year for us and its a great way to start off the summer.” The lineup for this year’s Picnic is quite possibly the best one yet. With a diverse group of artists ranging from Snoop Dogg to The War on Drugs, there is definitely something for everyone. Gee says, “Our idea was always to present an eclectic mix of talent that reflects the diversity that exists in fans music preferences.”
Other big names at this year’s fest include Janelle Monáe and Action Bronson. You can also catch up-and-comer Jhené Aiko and local Philly favorite Chill Moody. The Roots themselves will be making at least two appearances at the upcoming Picnic. They will be performing their own set as well as a supporting set for Snoop Dogg. Questlove announced the lineup via a cue-card video you can check out here.
The Roots Picnic is just another addition to an already busy year for The Roots. The have just begun their new residency on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. They are also at work on their 11th studio album, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. Black Thought has stated that the album is almost finished. “It coming soon,” he said. “Hopefully sometime this spring.” The album is a concept album in the same vein as their critically acclaimed undun.
Tickets for the Roots Picnic go on sale Friday, March 7th at noon.
The 7th Annual Roots Picnic
Saturday, May 31
Show @ 1:00 PM
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