Roots Picnic 2014

The Roots are having a big year, having just been promoted from Late Night house band to Tonight Show house band. And now they’ve announced plans to bring their Roots Picnic festival back to Philadelphia for the seventh time. As usual, the Roots will headline, and they’ll also back up Snoop Dogg on a co-headlining set. The typically eclectic bill will also feature a ton of artists in heavy rotation on ?uestlove’s iPod. The lineup includes Janelle Monáe, A$AP Ferg, Action Bronson, the War On Drugs, AraabMuzik, Jhené Aiko, Just Blaze, British dance stars Rudimental, and a DJ set from Biz Markie. The show comes to Festival Pier At Penn’s Landing 5/31.

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  1. cool lineup, but war on drugs kinda sticks out like a sore thumb right?

    • $5 says ?uesto heard the Lost In The Dream leak and booked em’ immediately.

      • Their name appears a bit odd on first sight but usually, a few “big” names from the minor leagues (independent and emerging previously independent rock acts) have been in the Roots Picnic rotation. I believe that ?uest is especially likely to fill those spots with popular bands from Philly as Man Man was on the bill one year. Also, if you saw when the War on Drugs played Fallon in support of the last record, ?uestlove showed some brotherly love by playing with them (my point being that he is very aware of them). Other acts that ?uest has championed in the past and played the festival are Tune-Yards, St. Vincent. Vampire Weekend, Grimes, and (the strangest choice) Ariel Pink.

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