6th Annual Roots Picnic Line-Up & Date Announced

Starring: The Roots, Gary Clark Jr., Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Grimes, Naughty By Nature (backed by The Roots), araabMUZIK, DJ Premier, Solange, Trinidad Jame$, The Gaslamp Killer, Hit-Boy, How to Dress Well, Joey Bada$$, Robert Glasper, Sonnymoon, Lushlife, Jennah Bell & more

The legendary Roots crew announced their annual ROOTS PICNIC is returning to Philadelphia’s Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, June 1st. The festival is celebrating its sixth year with an eclectic lineup over two stages that Roots Picnic fans have come to expect – boasting performances by: Gary Clark Jr., Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and a show-stopping set with Naughty By Nature backed by The Roots. Philadelphia sons, The Roots, are the hardest working band in music.

The Grammy winners continue to be at the top of their game through the mastery of live hip-hop, ingenious lyricism and eclectic collaborations. Their unique style simply goes unmatched in the studio and on stage. They are also one of the busiest bands around, and when they’re not performing or in the studio, The Roots can be seen every week night as the house band on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”.

Gary Clark Jr. has swagger.  The guitar virtuoso, whose roots run deep in blues, jazz, soul, country and hip-hop influences, has taken 2012 by storm and continues to amaze in 2013. Clark is a spotlight act at festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza – and can now add performing at The Roots Picnic to his growing list of accolades. His hit “Bright Lights,” along with his album Blak and Blu, perfectly showcase his smooth vocal style and the poise of a veteran musician at only 28 years old.

Seattle duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is making serious waves in the hip-hop word with their electrifying live shows, skillfully blended music and innovative music videos. In support of their debut full-length album The Heist, they embarked on a completely sold-out 70-city tour and saw the album fly to the very top of the iTunes and Billboard charts. Hip-hop vets, Naughty By Nature, have smashed through mainstream barriers while still remaining true to their roots in rap.

Their 20+ years in music has earned the trio the titles of Grammy Award winners and platinum-album selling artists. Since their self-title debut album in 1991, Naughty By Nature quickly assaulted the charts with their No. 1 hit “O.P.P.” Since then, these three “Kings of The HipHop Anthem” have remained a large part of the American hip-hop legacy. Last year’s Roots Picnic was a sold-out success! Among the highlights were performances by Rakim (performing Paid In Full) and De La Soul – both backed by The Roots – and James Murphy’s fiery DJ set, just to name a few.

This year will again bring the eclectic flavor of the best that music has to offer. In previous years, performers at The Roots Picnic have included: The Black Keys, John Legend, members of Wu Tang Clan, TV on the Radio, Vampire Weekend, Public Enemy, Santigold, Gnarls Barkley, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Nas and many more. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 25 at 10am and will be available at Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Box Office (111 Presidential Blvd, Bala Cynwyd), TLA (334 South St., Philadelphia/ Service-charge-free) or by-phone at 800-745-3000