Roots Picnic 2016 Lineup Announced by Abbi and Ilana of Broad City

Usher, Future, Leon Bridges, DMX, Willow Smith, Lil Dicky and tons more.


Once again, Questlove and co. have put together a killer lineup of awesome-but-not-obvious talent for their annual show by the river. This year it’ll be Saturday, June 4, at Festival Pier. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Atlanta headliner Future gets top(-left billing), but he’s already playing here between now and then (Feb. 28 at the Fillmore), so I’m thinking the Usher/Roots set will be the highlight of the evening. At past Roots Picnics, legacy acts like Run DMC and Public Enemy have played with the house band; unless I’m forgetting somebody, Usher is the most current artist to land that spot. I’m probably most excited to see gospel/soul guitarist/singer Leon Bridges (born Todd Bridges, poor guy) play the mainstage. And it’ll be nice to see DMX bark live and in person; we usually have to wait for “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” to turn up in another action movie commercial. Where silky smooth R&B/hip-hoppish singer Jidenna may wilt in his blazer under the summer sun, R&B/electropoppy group Lolawolf (featuring Fury Road badass Zoë Kravitz) could shine. Willow Smith probably won’t be allowed to check out the Lil Dicky set without parental supervision, so maybe we’ll spot her famous mom or dad in the area. And once that happens, would a Will Smith walk-on be too much to ask?

Full lineup below:

  • Usher (with the Roots)
  • Future
  • Leon Bridges
  • The Roots
  • Blood Orange
  • Kehlani
  • Kaytranada
  • Swizz Beatz
  • Jidenna
  • Ibeyi
  • DMX
  • Metro Boomin
  • Migos
  • Lil Dicky
  • Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals
  • Willow Smith
  • Lolawolf
  • Everyday People feat. DJ Moma
  • Paris Monster
  • Rich Medina
  • Tish Hyman
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Gogo Morrow

And they got Broad City‘s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson to do the announcement: