The Roots Picnic enlists D'Angelo, John Mayer, Wu-Tang Clan for NYC edition
For years The Roots have curated The Roots Picnic, an annual music festival in their hometown Philadelphia. This year’s festival just wrapped this weekend (including a surprise appearance from Will Smith), but for the first time there will also be a second edition of the festival in New York this October.
To celebrate the expansion, The Roots — who perform every night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon — have lined up a killer schedule for performers, many with direct connections to the band. The first night, for instance, will feature a headlining jam session between D’Angelo and John Mayer. Other guests include the entire Wu-Tang Clan, David Byrne, and Nile Rodgers, as well as comedic performers like Jerrod Carmichael and Neal Brennan.
“We’re Philadelphians; we pride ourselves on being a Philadelphia brand gone universal,” The Roots’ rapper Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter told Billboard. “And we’re kind of honorary New Yorkers because of the Tonight Show gig, so we thought it was a respectful way to pay homage to our second homes.”
In addition to music comedy, the festival (set to take place Oct. 1-2 in Bryant Park this fall) will also include a curated line-up of chefs and pop-up food stalls. “This is gonna be much more than just some music and some expensive water,” The Roots mastermind Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson told Billboard.
Tickets for the picnic go on sale this Friday, June 10, at 9 a.m. on Ticketmaster. Check out the full lineup below.