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The 10th annual Roots Picnic serves up a tempting lineup

The Roots are throwing another big party in Philly this summer.

The Legendary Roots Crew just announced the lineup for the 10th-annual edition of beloved summertime fest the Roots Picnic, set for June 3 at Philadelphia’s Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. Joining Questlove, Black Thought and Co. will be an all-star cavalcade of boundary-pushing artists both new and established, including Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne, Solange, 21 Savage, Kimbra, Pete Rock, Thundercat and Virgil Abloh. Black Thought will team with J. Period, Fat Joe, Mobb Deep and onetime Roots player Scott Storch for a “live mixtape” freestyle. Other participants include breakthrough British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka, Bronx producer A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Irish singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow and Chicago poet and hip-hop artist Noname.

If you can’t commit to summer in Philly, there are still tickets available to the second day of the Roots Picnic in New York City. The Roots/D’Angelo/John Mayer-anchored first day has been sold out for a while, but October 2 tickets remain, offering another stellar lineup: the Wu-Tang Clan, David Byrne and Nile Rodgers backed by The Roots; plus Swizz Beatz, Deerhoof, EPMD, Lil Uzi Vert, DJ Jazzy Jeff and many more. Make plans.

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