Summer is right around the corner in Philly. That means the opening of Spruce Street Park, wooder ice, Phillies baseball and for our concert lovers, the kickoff of another season at Festival Pier. With the opening of Festival Pier comes the annual Roots Picnic. Now on their 10th year, Philly’s own homegrown band, the Roots has curated another star studded lineup for Philly Hip-Hop fans. We are breaking down the 5 most anticipated acts to catch at this Saturday’s picnic. Grab your tickets while you still can right over HERE. This is a festival you will not want to miss!
Pharrell x The Roots
What more has to be said? Two legendary performers will join forces for what should be one sensational performance. The Roots, in classic picnic fashion, will be accompanying the highest billed artist for a once in a life time, live performance. The iconic Hip-Hop group will provide Pharrell with an epic live band, truly making this set a one of a kind experience. As if seeing Pharrell wasn’t already legendary enough. This marks his second performance in Philly since Made in America Festival back in 2014. It is also Pharrell’s only concert he is set to perform at this entire year. So fans will not want to miss their one opportunity to catch this legend. This will without a doubt be one of the best performances you can see in Philly this summer! Get ready to sing along with Pharrell and the Roots.
Hip-Hop icon Lil Wayne will take the stage at this year’s 10th annual picnic. Although the legend hasn’t released new music in quite some time, that doesn’t mean he still cannot put on a classic performance. The New Orleans rapper recently put on an electrifying performance at last year’s Made In America festival as well as surprising fans during Drake’s Summer Sixteen tour stop in Philly. Get ready to hear timeless classics like “A Milli”, “6 Foot 7 Foot”, “Got Money” and others from the illustrious installments of Tha Charter. While we all sit and wait with great anticipation for Tha Carter 5 or something new from Weezy, fans can certainly get their fix in for the rapper on Saturday.
In a year in which Beyoncé stole the show from just about everyone with her album, Lemonade, another Knowles was ready to step right up and deliver with a bang. Little sister, Solange, created quite the name for herself over the past year without any help from her big sis. After releasing her third studio album, A Seat at the Table, it instantly became one the best R/B albums of the year. It even gave the Louisiana native her first number-one album in the United States. This made her and Beyoncé the first sisters to have both had US number-one albums in a calendar year. Only a limited number of performances and festivals are on slate for this year but luckily enough she’ll be stopping by the picnic. You won’t want to miss your chance to check Solange performing her greatest work yet!
In an era of Hip-Hop where lyrical value has depreciated significantly, Noname shines brightly. Today’s Hip-Hop has been largely criticized by many as a simple formula that has found massive success. Create a song with a memorable hook, a catchy beat and boom you have an instant hit. People will most likely want to listen regardless of the real value and meaning behind the lyrics. Thankfully, we still have artists like Noname who’s lyrics have a much deeper meaning behind it all. Whether she’s rapping about the continuous problems that dwell on the typical Chicago native, dealing with life/death and her battle with love, fans can truly relate and feel connected by her passion. Coming off her massive debut project, Telefone, Noname has already accumulated quite the fan base. Make sure you get their early as the stage will easily be jammed packed for this one. Noname is bound to turn some heads with her stellar performance.
Coming off his third studio album and biggest project to date, Drunk, Thundercat is ready to share this work of art with the Philly crowd. After already selling out Union Transfer back in March, fans are definitely ready to see this stud perform once again. Through 23 tracks infusing funk with R&B, he takes us on an epic journey inside the mind of his own. Starting the album off a bright note with some humor, he gives listeners a little bit of a pep talk. “Comb your beard, brush your teeth … beat your meat, go to sleep.” It is very clear though that the beginning of this album would be the only joyous thing about it. As the album progresses he dives deeper and deeper into the darkness he faces. Dealing with issues of death, police brutality, expiring friendships and more; Thundercat tries to answer the many unsolved questions African-Americans’ face in today’s society. With massive features from Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Wiz Khalifa, Kenny Loggins and more; Drunk is already shaping up to be a work of art that music fans will be talking about for a while. If you’re there early, make sure you grab a drink and vibe out to some jazzy tunes.