May 1, 2013
Take note, music fans. The Roots Picnic, the annual music extravaganza from our hometown hip-hop heroes, returns for its sixth year on June 1. With a reputation as the hardest working band in music, The Roots deliver a blockbuster day of concerts every year. This year’s show is set to hit Festival Pier at Penn’s [...]Read more»
October 26, 2012
The Mural Arts Program’s Roots Mural Project has been working for more than a year now to put together plans for the special mural dedicated to the GRAMMY® award-winning band The Roots. At last, the design by lead artist Ernel Martinez is ready to be unveiled, this Saturday, October 27, as part of Mural Arts [...]Read more»
June 28, 2012
Earlier this year, the Mural Arts Program announced plans for The Roots Mural, a brand new mural in the South Street district to honor Philadelphia’s continuing music legacy. The mural, to be installed and dedicated later this summer, will tell the story of the beloved hip-hop band from past to present. As part of Wawa [...]Read more»
June 12, 2012
On June 2-3, The Roots hosted the annual Roots Picnic at Penn’s Landing for the fifth consecutive year, and once again, Philly 360° was on location to cover all of the action. In part four of their behind the scenes video series, Philly 360° caught up with Philadelphia-based producer/DJ Diplo for an exclusive interview, [...]Read more»
Watch the video above to meet rapper Tariq Trotter, aka Black Thought, the lead vocalist of The Roots, and learn what he wishes more people knew about in Philadelphia.
Black Thought and his bandmate Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson started The Roots here in Philadelphia in 1987. They’ve since won Grammy Awards, have a mural being painted about them on South Street and are currently the house band for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC.
And save the date for two upcoming opportunities to see Black Thought perform live in person: the Roots Picnic returns to the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing with an expanded two-day festival this year June 2-3; and Wawa Welcome America’s annual July 4th Concert and Fireworks on the Parkway, headlined by The Roots.
Watch the video above to meet rapper Tariq Trotter, aka Black Thought, the lead vocalist of The Roots, and learn what he wishes more people knew about in Philadelphia. Black Thought and his bandmate Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson started The Roots here in Philadelphia in 1987. They’ve since won Grammy Awards, have a mural being painted [...]Read more»
April 9, 2012
So you remember that Questlove of The Roots makes fried chicken now? It’s good. Bon Appétit included it on the magazine’s list of the “25 Things to Eat, Drink and Cook in 2012.” Well, Questlove knows David Chang, the chef behind New York’s Momofuku restaurants, who also happens to make a pretty legendary fried chicken. [...]Read more»
March 15, 2012
Exciting news! This June, the Roots Picnic returns even bigger and better than ever. The highly anticipated annual music festival, now in its fifth year, has expanded and will be taking over Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing for TWO days, June 2-3, with its always eclectic mix of artists. This year’s lineup once again highlights [...]Read more»
February 29, 2012
Remember the Mural Arts’ new Roots Mural that is coming later this year to 6th and South Streets? It’s a big deal. Not just for the Mural Arts Program but for The Roots as well. And the group knows as much. In an interview with WHYY, Black Thought, aka Tariq Trotter The Roots frontman, placed the honor above receiving a Grammy: “Grammy-shrammy — I’m not excitable about many things in life. This is something I’m very excited about. I’m a Philadelphian.” Well said, Tariq. We’re pretty excited too. [Newsworks]