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The Legendary Roots Crew may be everywhere these days, including playing as the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but the iconic hip-hop band always brings it back to their hometown of Philadelphia.
The Roots are once again taking over Festival Pier in Philly this summer with their signature music festival — the Roots Picnic. That's right. The 7th Annual Roots Picnic was just announced, and we have all of the details for you to start making some plans.
The Roots handpick the entire lineup, and it's always packed with some of the hottest names in music — from hip-hop to indie to R&B and more. The Roots always deliver year after year. You never know what's about to go down at the Picnic. Last year, we got to see history made when legendary hip-hop group Naughty By Nature reunited. And, then there was the random water gun fight with Solange. Or, that time when there was an impromptu dance party with Diplo in the second stage tent when rain tried to stop the Picnic. And, not to mention surprise guests hitting the stage every year. They always have them, and it's always epic.
Want to be there? We've got you. Be on the look out for some ticket giveaways from us on philly360.com. And, if you're headed to Austin for SXSW, we're giving away a pair of tickets and a weekend in Philly for the Roots Picnic. You can find us at Death and Taxes and Visitphilly.com Present East End on Thursday, March 13, at Cheer Up Charlie's. Chill Moody and some other Philly acts will be hitting our stage.
So, who made the cut this year for the lineup?
Snoop Dogg (backed by The Roots)
The War On Drugs
Biz Markie (DJ Set)
Electric Wire Hustle
(More to be announced)
Insider Tip: Grab tickets and book a room. There will be events happening the night before and after the Picnic. Details to come.
The Latino scene in Philly is heating up this weekend with events around Day of the Dead aka Día de los Muertos, a Mexican tradition that celebrates life through music, dance, art and more. Here are a few of our picks for the weekend.
Day of the Dead First Friday Party
When: Friday, November 1,
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
More Info: Facebook invitation
Stop through this Day of the Dead party at Underground Arts for a night filled with music, art and culture.
El Rey Celebrates Day of the Dead
When: Through Sunday, November 3
Where: El Rey, 2013 Chestnut Street
More Info: www.elrayrestaurant.com
El Rey is getting into the Day of the Dead spirit with a host of dead-themed bites that will send chills down your spine, in a good way of course.
Distrito Celebrates Day of the Dead
When: Through Sunday, November 3
Where: Distrito, 3845 Chestnut Street
More Info: www.distritorestaurant.com
Iron Chef Jose Garces will be going in this weekend with Day of the Dead-themed happenings at Distrito, including a Friday night DJ, Saturday cocktail specials and a “you made it out alive brunch” on Sunday.
Day of the Dead Celebration at the Penn Museum
When: Saturday, November 2, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: Museum admission
More Info: www.penn.museum
The Penn Museum is also taking in Day of the Dead activities. You can expect a day packed with music, dance, demos and more. Stop in and get your culture fix.
Philly, are you ready? Because it's about to go down.
AXE is bringing its fans an exclusive series of intimate "One Night Only" parties in four cities across the US, and Philly is one of the stops. Some of the biggest names in hip-hop will be taking over undisclosed venues in each city.
AXE teamed up with J. Cole, A$AP Ferg, Meek Mill, Wale, Kaptn and French Montana for its surprise "One Night Only" party series. Who will Philly get on October 25?
Note: You won't know which hip-hop artist(s) will be coming to the Philly party until that night.
Trust us, these tickets will be hard to come by. That's why we're hooking up FIVE winners with tickets to the "One Night Only" party! Click here for the official rules.
Here's some never before seen footage from this year's Roots Picnic that was too good for us not to share with you. When we were backstage at the Picnic, our friend Laiya St.Clair of Hot 107.9 ended up getting an exclusive of Marsha Ambrosius interviewing Robert Glasper in our Philly 360° Twenty Grand Lounge.
Watch it here.
Philly 360° Creative Ambassador, owner of Duafe Holistic Hair Care and A-List hair stylist for stars like Jill Scott and Janet Jackson - Syreeta Scott - is hosting an event for naturalistas.
Stop through Syreeta Scott's Summer Hair Soiree: Champagne, Cupcakes & Conversation event tomorrow for the launch of Duafe Haircare featuring De'Funk & Drywash, and you'll get to check out Duafe's new product line. Plus, who doesn't like getting advice and tips for your hair and some swag to take home? Don't miss this event. And, Hot 10.7's Laiya St.Clair will be hosting.
Tuesday, August 13
6:30 - 9 p.m.
Duafe Holistic Haircare
3502 Scotts Lane (Sherman Mills)
It's about to get soulful in Philly. Stop through Philly SoulStock tonight at Nicetown Park for an evening packed with up and coming talent. On the lineup: Gourdan Banks, MPrynt, Jeremy Isaac and Hangover, Suzann Christine, Lee Mehkai, Dave Watson, Vent, Anthony Hall, Courtney Danger, Sharee Lynette, Chartel, MG, Justin Graham, Robbie Casablanca and Wordspit.
This event is free. And, it's a BYOC event - bring your own chair.
Friday, August 9
5 - 9 p.m.
4301 Germantown Avenue
The Roots’ camp brought us two days packed with events to celebrate Independence Day in Philly. They kicked off the party with “The City”, an all-day music and fashion festival at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, hosted by Hot 107.9 radio personality and Fox 29 Entertainment correspondent Q-Deezy and Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Brandon Pankey.
Many of Philly's up and comers took the stage and showed off why Philly is a city known for its music scene - including Interscope Records’ Cody Wise, Modern Inventors, Bok Nero, headliner GoGo Morrow and more. RCA Records recording artist Sterling Simms even surprised the crowd when he hit the stage for an impromtu performance. See the full breakdown of who performed here.
In between music sets, festival goers were treated to runway shows from Philly Fashion Week designers.
And of course, vendors lined The Piazza to give the crowd a taste of Philly including Kings Rule Together, Jr. Music Exec, Neo Daviso, These Pink Lips, Blues Babe Foundation, Anbrea's and more.
Check out the video below to see how the Philly Fourth of July Jam got kicked off.
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