Dan Gross: The Roots Picnic returns

PHILLY HIP-HOP HEROES The Roots will perform their own set and also back Naughty By Nature at the annual Roots Picnic, June 1 at Festival Pier.

Last year's event was two days long, but this year's is one day solidly packed with an eclectic lineup.

Artists include Gary Clark Jr., Grimes, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Solange (aka Beyonce's sister and star of "Bring it On: All or Nothing") How to Dress Well, the Gaslamp Killer and more.

This is the sixth annual Roots Picnic and marks one of the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" band's few local shows.

The group is expected to again serve as house band at the free Wawa Welcome America! Festival concert July 4 on the Parkway.

Tickets are on sale at noon Friday at Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation (111 Presidential Blvd.) in Bala Cynwyd, at the TLA (334 South) with no service charge or by calling 800-745-3000.


Hamels' charity store

Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels and wife Heidi have expanded their Hamels Foundation to include a retail store. The new space at 880 W. Lancaster Ave. will also serve as the foundation's office. It will offer memorabilia autographed by Cole Hamels and Phillies teammates, clothing, jewerly and other items to raise money for their foundation ,which aids schools in inner-city neighborhoods in the U.S. and schools in Africa.


Another athlete charity

Eagles lineman Todd Herremans recently dropped off cases of hot chocolate, coffee and energy drinks to first responders in Seaside Heights, N.J., who helped out during Hurricane Sandy.

Herremans also toured the boardwalk and beach areas that were devastated by the storm.

His charitable foundation is planning events and fundraisers to help rebuild the affected areas.


Bath salt horror film

"Bath Salt Zombies" director Clint Weiler is dedicated to his low-budget horror movie, but made the wise decision not to smoke bath salts for research purposes while writing the script.

Not that he didn't think about it. Weiler says a friend convinced him not to try the substance tied to a few cannibal-style assaults last year. Weiler wrote and produced the film, directed by Dustin Wayde Mills. It screens Feb. 6 at the Balcony Bar at the Trocadero (1003 Arch) and will be out on DVD through Pottstown's MVD Entertainment on Feb. 19.

To see a trailer, visit tinyurl.com/bathsaltzombies.


AGT singer at Ortleib's

"America's Got Talent" finalist Drew Stevyns performs Feb. 8 at Ortleib's Lounge (847 N. 3rd).

There's a $5 cover for the show, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m.


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