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The Roundup: Your Guide To Turn Up The Roots Picnic Weekend

  • Posted By: Shahida Muhammad
  • May 21, 2013
    • Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia
      • Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Kennedy

This year's Roots Picnic is sure to go harder than ever. The sixth annual showcase is returning with an eclectic mix of some of the hottest artists in hip-hop, soul, jazz, blues and country. Get ready for swagged out performances by Gary Clark Jr., Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Trinidad Jame$, Solange and a show-stopping set with hip-hop legends Naughty By Nature backed by The Roots. The Roots Picnic is not just a show, it’s an experience. Make it a weekend to remember with this selections of things to do, places to stay and tips on where to catch a good grub. Whether you’re stopping through or call this your home, there’s plenty do.

Roots Picnic Weekend Happenings

The Roots Mural Dedication

Friday, May 31

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

World Communications Charter School

512 S. Broad Street


If there’s one thing Philly is known for, it’s having a wide selection of murals across the city. So, it’s only right that the famous paintings highlight the city’s exceptional homegrown talent. Join The Roots crew to celebrate an all new mural created in their honor. Designed by Amber Art and Design featuring Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, the mural pays tribute to the world’s most well-known hip hop band, in the place where it all started.

Kelly Rowland & The Dream

Friday, May 31

Theater of the Living Arts

334 South St.

9:00 p.m.

Need a dose of R&B? Check out Kelly Rowland and The Dream, as they bring their crooning skills to the TLA. Ms. Rowland is sure to kick things off with a sultry set of her hits and maybe a few new joints, while the The Dream debuts more tracks off his upcoming release, IV Play.  Purchase your tickets now if you want to be in the building and rock out with both artists.

Roots, Rock, Run 5K Walk/Run

Saturday, June 1

Registration: 8:00 a.m.

Race: 9:00 a.m.

Harding Middle School

2000 Wakeling Street

Why not get in a quick workout before you hit up the weekend attractions? Join Black Thought of The Roots and the GrassROOTS Community Foundation for the First Annual ‘Roots, Rock, Run’ 5k community walk/run. The event supports the CHICKS health and wellness program for girls at Harding Middle School.

The 6th Annual Roots Picnic

Saturday, June 1

Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Spring Garden Street
Who isn't hype for the Roots Picnic? For the past six years, the livest acts in music have come to Festival Pier to deliver one of the illest showcases in entertainment. It doesn't get better than that! This year's Roots Picnic lineup has finally been announced, and the performances are sure to go harder than ever. The sixth annual showcase is returning with an eclectic mix of some of the hottest artists in hip-hop, soul, jazz, blues and country. Get ready for swagged out performances by Gary Clark Jr., Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Trinidad Jame$, Solange and a show-stopping set with hip-hop legends Naughty By Nature backed by The Roots.

Roots Picnic Official Afterparty

Saturday, June 1

10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Underground Arts

1200 Callowhill Street


Jay-Z said it best: “after the show it’s the afterparty”. Get your fix of live music at the year’s Roots Picnic then head over to Underground Arts. The night will feature DJ Phsh, Questlove and other industry friends. Get your ticket asap! Space will be limited, so be sure to arrive early.

DJ A-Trak: Roots Picnic Afterparty 

Saturday, June 1

9:00 p.m.

SoundGarden Hall

520 N. Delaware Avenue
No one ever wants the Annual Roots Picnic to come to an end, so while the night is still young, head over to SoundGarden Hall for a live showcase by DJ A-Trak to squeeze in a little more fun. Not many DJs can headline a party themselves, but the Canadian mixer has built up quite a reputation. Catch him in all his glory after the Roots Picnic.The lineup also includes DJ Elvis Suarez and the Love City DJs. Take in the live sounds and lookout for a-list artists stopping through after the Picnic as well. If you're a beat lover, aspiring mixer or down to hit the dancefloor, get a ticket to reserve your spot in place to enjoy it all here.


Pier Entertainment Presents: Spring Music Fest

Saturday, June 1

Show: 8:00 p.m.

Aftershow: 12am - 2am

The Blockley

38th & Chestnut Streets


The Roots aren’t the only ones bringing live performances to the city. If you’re not afraid to step outside the box when it comes to your music tastes, you won’t want to miss out on Pier Entertainment’s Spring Music Fest. The showcase offers five genres in one night, bringing together the top emerging artists in R&B, Rock, Soul, Pop and Country. Enjoy an eclectic night of music including artists such as by Zeek 'The Experience', NeJcion, Modern Colour, Jaremy Isaac & The Hangover, Halfro and Selina Carrera. Kick it up a notch with special VIP Passes, which include exclusive seating, catering, red carpet photos with the artists and of course a Swag Bag. Industry afterparty to follow immediately. Get your tickets here.

American Dreaming Pop Up Mall

Sunday, June 2

2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Dreaming Building [618 North Front Street]


Wind down your weekend with a little retail therapy, and check out the American Dreaming  Pop-Up Mall. The popular shopping experience brings together the cities newest and brightest clothing, music and art entrepreneurs. With free admission, guests can peruse through an assortment of handmade accessories, vintage clothing, one-of-a-kind handbags, and more. The event brings together a great mix of the city's young artistic crowd and makes for great networking as well.

Where To Stay

If you plan on staying a while, check out these cool places to lay your head in style:

Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

433 Chestnut Street

Keep the night going on Hotel Monaco’s rooftop Stratus lounge, with one the best views in the city.  Enjoy the modern renovation to this historical building, and get your money’s worth as you take in the fancy design and the hotel’s famous four-star amenities.


Le Méridien Philadelphia

1421 Arch Street

Artistic and chic, take in the hotels abstract art and bold black-and-white look. Guestrooms are decked out in sleek furniture, with all the modern necessities such as iPod-docking stations and flat-screen TVs.

Hotel Sofitel

120 S 17th Street

Historic with up-to-date feel, Hotel Sofitel is a great spot to stay in the mix while having a peaceful place to crash. Right in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, the French inspired layout and dining options, can add a splash of culture to your stay.

Get A Bite To Eat

We’ve got your cravings covered. Stop through these local diners and cafes to get in a quick bite to eat during your down time.

Sabrina’s Café

Three convenient locations (in Bella Vista, Fairmount and University City), offer a tasty brunch all day, every day. Get your favs like french toast, pancakes and yummy omlettes. Switch things up with polenta fries or tofu scramble.

Green Soul Cafe

A healthy take of soul food favorites, Green Soul Cafe offers “the bridge to better eating”. Take advantage of the free WiFi,  and enjoy delicious smoothies, burgers, salads and soups.

Sam’s Morning Glory Diner

Nothing tops homemade buttery biscuits. Get your fix along with the diner’s creative brunch and breakfast selections all served with a side of their renowned biscuits.

Continental Mid-town

Get in a good grub at this chic urban diner known for it’s rooftop seating options. Try out their popular mid-day treats, such as the bananas foster belgian waffles or a turkey club with caramelized apple mayo. 

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