Roots Picnic Lineup Announced

Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson announced the 4th annual Roots Picnic on Monday night on his Twitter feed. It's happening at the Festival Pier on Saturday June 4th, and the lineup is on the poster you see before your eyes.  "Black and Yellow" rapper Wiz Khalifa and Nas (both backed up by The Roots) join the titular Philadelphia hosts in a more hip-hop-centric bill than in previous years, when Vampire Weekend and Gnarls Barkley have been marquee attractions. Jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding returns (this time as a best new artist Grammy winner) to give ?uestlove a run for his money in the big hair sweepstakes, and Ariel Pink, the Dismemberment Plan and Philadelphia's own Man Man head up the indie rock contingent. Rapper Mac Miller and ?uesto's sister Donn T. are also on the bill. The full press release is here at

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