The 8th annual Roots Picnic is headed to Festival Pier this Saturday, May 30. Major names are set to perform at the all-day festival (The Weeknd and Phantogram, anyone?), but the lesser known artists will undeniably rock Penn’s Landing just as hard. The Questlove-curated lineup includes longtime Philly favorites and emerging young artists. Here are five not to miss.
DJ Windows 98 recently performed at Austin’s SXSW (video below), and although you might not have heard of the name, underneath that black bandana is Arcade Fire lead singer Win Butler. His SXSW set, entitled “Naive Melodie,” infused electro beats with African and Haitian music. Butler tweeted a link to the video with the caption, “Pretty good example of what we do.” We’re excited to hear the undeniably eclectic sound that he’ll bring to Festival Pier.
You might’ve caught Philly soul queen Brianna Cash at last year’s Wawa Welcome America’s Philly 4th of July Jam on the Parkway. Cash clearly impressed the crowd on the Questlove Stage, and we’re pumped to see her on the roster for The Roots Picnic. She is currently collaborating with The Ill Fated Natives, and you can hear her chilling vocals on their first single, “Beautiful Energy.”
LA-based soul-folk artist Moses Sumney has been called a “rising young musician,” an “artist to watch out for” and “self-taught and for many years too shy to share his music.” We’re happy to finally get a taste of what he has in store, because Sumney wows at first listen. Take his latest single, “Seeds,” for example. It’s captivating and haunting, and we can embrace this deliciously mellow vibe this Saturday.
Yes, Donn T is Questlove’s sister, and even more proof that musical genius runs in the family (in case you’re unfamiliar with the lineage, Questlove and Donn T are grandchildren to the Dixie Hummingbird’s Beachy Thompson, and the offspring of Lee and Jacqui Andrews). She released her sophomore LP, Flight of the Donn T, in April, on her own label, D Tone Victorious. She’s a musical force to be reckoned with, a vocal powerhouse whose alternative soul sound could make a music festival seem like an intimate gathering.
Originally from South Philly, DJ/producer King Britt has been making music in the city for over 20 years, so if he’s not already a household name, it’s time to make him one. Once a student at Temple University, King Britt has gone on to work with Radiohead and Miles Davis.
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