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Roots Picnic

The 2023 edition of the Roots Picnic brought with it a surprise Fugees reunion as well as a surprise performance from Jon Stewart
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Roots Picnic Brings Surprise Performances to South Philly and Fairmount Park

Check phillymag.com each morning for the latest edition of Philly Today. And if you have a news tip for our hardworking Philly Mag reporters (or […]

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Why I’m Boycotting the Roots Picnic This Year

According to Visit Philadelphia, this summer’s upcoming Roots Picnic is “loaded with legends and icons” — but all I can see is a tragic lineup […]

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The Roots Picnic 2023 Lineup Is the Fest’s Most Ambitious Yet

Fresh off his big 50 Years of Hip Hop tribute at the Grammys, Roots Picnic curator Questlove has positively outdone himself with the 2023 Roots […]

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When Everything Shut Down, Philly’s Black Community Found New, Revolutionary Ways to Convene

When I was a kid, each summer we drove from Trenton into The City. For us, “The City” equaled Philadelphia, which we sometimes called “Philly” […]

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Questlove Talks the Troc, Cheesesteaks, and His Greatest Fear

It’s good to be Questlove. He’s got his vegan cheesesteaks at Citizens Bank Park. He and the Roots are now in their tenth year playing […]

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The Roots Picnic Should Be at the Mann Center Every Year

Every few years, there’s a seismic shift in the Philly music landscape. Just six months ago, the gorgeously restored 111-year-old Met (formerly the Metropolitan Opera […]

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The Roots Picnic Is Moving From Penn’s Landing to “Greener Pastures”

The Roots Picnic has found a new home in “greener pastures.” Festival organizer and the Roots’ frontman Questlove announced that the long-running Philly event will move to […]

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2018 Roots Picnic: Questlove Announces Date, Lineup

It’s that time of the year, folks: Here comes the annual hype for the Roots Picnic. Roots frontman Questlove took to Instagram this morning to […]

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54 Things to Do This Weekend

FRIDAY, JUNE 2 Elizabeth Zharoff/Xavier Foley @ World Café Live An alluring description for an atypical concert at WCL: “Two emerging composers and recent grads […]

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Pharrell, Lil Wayne, Solange to Headline 2017 Roots Picnic

Pharrell will join The Roots on stage for the 10th-annual Roots Picnic this spring. Live Nation announced the lineup on Monday. The concert will be […]


Shop Talk: See the Best in Philly Street Style From the Roots Picnic

Thousands of R&B fans flocked to Festival Pier last weekend as The Roots Picnic swept through town. As usual, stylish Philadelphians showed out in droves, […]

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9 Concerts to See This Week

Bloc Party @ The Filmore | Wednesday, June 1st  After a three-year hiatus and instrumentalist changeovers, the British indie-rock band returns with a new record, Hymns. Intermixing techno with […]

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Pandora Releases Digital Roots Picnic Mixtape

A local legend is upROOTing from an NBC stage and returning home to rock out for a day. For the eighth year in a row, Pandora […]

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Roots to Bring Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Win Butler to Philly for Roots Picnic

The Roots Picnic has quickly become one of Philly’s great summer concert traditions, a one-day, three-stage festival where the Roots come back to Philly and […]

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PHOTOS: 7th Annual Roots Picnic