As one of the most exciting summer music festivals to hit the Philadelphia region, Festival Pier’s “The Roots Picnic” provides the perfect opportunity to kick start the Philadelphia summer concert season.Â This year, as compared to previous years, the concert’s lineup will be stewing up a predominance of hip-hop flavor, with acts such as Clipse, D.J. Jazzy Jeff (sick!), Rza (sicker) Ghostface Killa and Method Man (illest).Â However, Vampire Weekend, Mayer Hawthorne, and The Very Best balance things out, providing the rock â€˜n’ roll DC to the rap’s AC.Â Things clearly should be charging on the afternoon of June 5th.
Â Last year’s show, co-headlined by Public Enemy performing â€œIt Takes A Nation of Millionsâ€¦â€ in its entirety, as well as personal Wolfman favorite, TV On the Radio, was an unbelievably great time.Â Expect music well into the nighttime hours, and dress comfortably as per weather forecast.Â Also, pack plenty of water and, perhaps, get your drink and/or eat on before entering the gates, because the beer/food prices tend to be prohibitive as the show wears on.Â Although late addition John Legend is sure to cool you out with some soulful piano and vocal grooves, once Black Thought takes up his mic and ?uestlove takes up his drum sticks, you will be best served to be fully hydrated, slightly tipsy and ready to dance.
Â Whether you’re a hipster, hip-hopper, indie kid, or defier of all things taxonomy, the Roots Picnic offers something for everyone under theÂ one (hopefully) clear blue sky.