Posted in music | tour dates on March 19, 2009

by Andrew Frisicano

The Roots

The Roots announced the line-up for their 2nd annual "Roots Picnic" in Philly...

The Roots (2 sets), TV on the Radio, The Black Keys, Public Enemy (who will perform It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, backed by Antibalas and The Roots), Antibalas, Santigold, Busdriver, and Dirty Magazine featuring Zoe Kravitz.

On the second stage: Asher Roth, Writtenhouse, Back to Basics - King Britt & Dozia, Dave P. (of Making Time, etc), Kid Cudi and more.

Saturday, June 6th, 2pm
@ The Festival Pier, Penns Landing
Philadelphia, PA

Questlove-founded site Okayplayer is running a pre-sale with $5 off tickets (using password 'EARLYBIRD') until Thursday (3/19) at 10pm. Then the general sale starts Friday (3/20) at 10 am.

Last year's event featured Gnarls Barkley, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Santogold, Deerhoof, J*Davey, Diplo, Esperanza and The Cool Kids.

In addition to being the new band for "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," The Roots play at Highline Ballroom tonight (3/19) as part of the band's ongoing series of gigs at the venue. Beginning next week Questlove will host his own Thursday night residency at LPR through May 28th. More information on those and other shows in our previous Roots rundown.

Down at SXSW, half of The Black Keys (a.k.a. Dan Auerbach) played last night (3/18) - you can still catch him at Bill's Place on Friday, March 20th and at The Mean Eyed Cat for a Saturday (3/21) afternoon show.

Full press release and poster, plus Public Enemy with The Roots and Antibalas playing "Bring The Noise" on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" below...

Public Enemy & The Roots (& Antibalas) - Bring The Noise on Jimmy Fallon

The Roots

ILLADELPH - The legendary Roots crew today announced the second annual ROOTS PICNIC live in their hometown of Philadelphia! The main stage will host The Roots (2 sets), TV on the Radio, The Black Keys, Public Enemy, Antibalas, Santigold, Busdriver, and Dirty Magazine featuring Zoe Kravitz.

Asher Roth, Writtenhouse, Back to Basics - King Britt & Dozia, Dave P. (of Making Time, etc), Kid Cudi are set to perform on the second stage.

The Grammy-Award winning hip-hop stars and newly minted house band of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," have recently been called "the flame keepers of hip-hop authenticity" by the New York Times. Known for their incessant touring, mind-blowing live shows and conscious and creative lyricism, the Roots will perform two sets of their impeccable live sound at the Picnic.

TV on the RADIO is touring behind Dear Science, 2008's most critically acclaimed release. Dear Science was named "best album" of 2008 by Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly and Pitchfork Media's reader's poll.

And in a very special performance, Public Enemy will perform It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back along with Antibalas and The Roots - the first time this album will be recreated backed by a live band. Q Magazine summed up It Takes a Nation best when they said, "5 stars. Indispensible - the greatest rap record of all time. A landmark. A classic."

The Black Keys are an American blues-rock music duo consisting of vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney. Their latest album ATTACK and RELEASE was produced with Danger Mouse. The band recently performed two sold-out shows at Electric Factory as part of their most recent tour.

Santigold (formerly known as Santogold) was easily one of 2008's most exciting breakout artists. Her album and singles "Creator" and "L.E.S Aristes" were smash hits with critics, fans and artists wanting more as she hit stages and records with artists as diverse as Jay Z, Coldplay, Bjork, MIA, Beastie Boys and many more. Recently featuring on the opening week of JIMMY FALLON - Santigold attended high school in Philadelphia and spent time performing as the lead singer of the punk band STIFFED.

Last year's inaugural Roots Picnic featured Diplo, Gnarls Barkley, The Cool Kids, Deerhoof, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - all performed along with The Roots.

(thx rahohn)



Comments (37)

Wow! Glad I live around 10 mins away...see ya!

ps - Go Phils!

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2009 11:16 AM

Too poor to live in the city?

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2009 11:17 AM

That's a great Saturday afternoon.

Posted by anonymous2 | March 19, 2009 11:21 AM

ASHER ROTH?!!?!?!?!?!?!??!

has anyone heard his music before? "college" girl rapin'-promotin' vomitron.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2009 11:27 AM

Oh well. Was psyched to go until I saw Santogold on the lineup. I'll pass. Why does this talentless old ass hag get so many incredible opportunities?

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2009 11:28 AM

Solid lineup!

Posted by tremags | March 19, 2009 12:11 PM

"Too poor to live in the city?"

Actually I grew up in Philly you d-bag f-tard.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2009 12:12 PM

Why does Philly get to have all the fun?

When and why did Brooklyn get so vanilla? It used to have flavor. The Northside festival. C'mon! How is that different from any other? It will be the exact same bands, or types of bands that play every weekend in Williamsburg or at other indie rock Festivals. Quest, Roots, please help us save Brooklyn, or is it too late?

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2009 2:16 PM

Just take the train into Philly for the show. Seriously, I live here and it will be a great time! This is the kind of event that seems like it will be a fun-filled, excellent day. Hope to see ya all there!

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2009 3:11 PM

Absolutely making my way down. Should be a great time.

I like Philly

Posted by ROCK STARchitect | March 19, 2009 3:15 PM

How much are tickets? And is it feasible to make a day trip of it (i.e. not staying over in phily AND getting a train/bus back after show)? I've never been to Philly, this seems like the perfect kind of reason to visit the City of Brotherly Love.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2009 4:41 PM

i went last year and it was awesome. we took a greyhound back to NYC but they fucked us over and we got stuck at the bus station until 3am. good times. but yeah, it is pretty possible to make it just a day thing if you feel like having a long night afterwards.

Posted by jason | March 19, 2009 4:45 PM

China town bus = $20 round trip

Posted by Brussel Sprout | March 19, 2009 5:32 PM

The roots have really deserve to be known!

Posted by Seosurfer | March 19, 2009 6:00 PM

well said, seosurfer.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2009 6:24 PM

...and all smilers will be shot.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2009 6:46 PM


Posted by BROOKLYN | March 19, 2009 6:49 PM

seriously... don't smile at this show.

you'll get shot. dead. see how the roots are serious... that's the goal, kids.

no smiling.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2009 7:06 PM

... great line up i live it!

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Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2009 11:00 PM

This lineup got some crunch and some thump fo that azz. Black Keys AND The Roots ? That's gonna be delicious.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2009 8:21 PM

the Riddler is gonna be there??

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2009 1:20 AM

Got my tickets! gonna party in Philly Friday and Saturday then driving straight to Jones Beach on Sunday for NIN/Janes Addiction. Should be an awesome weekend! :) I can't wait.

Posted by Ken | March 30, 2009 9:35 AM

what time is it over?

Posted by ananymous | June 3, 2009 8:21 PM

Anyone know if we can bring blankets to sit on or chairs. How bout food?

Posted by jake | June 5, 2009 11:28 PM

Awesome information, thanks a lot. I had the pleasure of heading to Philly and saw their set, back in June it was great.

Posted by Gold Price | July 30, 2009 3:37 PM

I've never been to Philly, but this seems like a reason for me to visit!

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