Family first… at least that’s what the conservatives believe in. And this weekend so did I, so when I could not make it to the superawesome Roots Picnic (thanks to my peoples at two.one.five magazine and The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. for the tickets), I thought it best to send a hungry young blogger who I know is always ready for a road trip (damn, I miss those days) .
My boy Kevin Clark was kind enough to trek down to Illadelhphia to cover the show for me. Here’s his review:
What could be better than listening to the new Jay-Z song? Going to the City of Sisterly Love (trust me, it’s crazy!) to hear Questlove and The Roots celebrate art, life and music at the 2nd Annual Roots Picnic.
Philly’s Penn’s Landing was full of positive energy as the Live Nation-sponsored event had a little bit of something for everyone. While perennial all-stars like TV on the Radio and Public Enemy kept music lovers on their feet, underground acts like Francis and the Lights (aka Herman Munster & Vanity 6) gave an upbeat start to the first half of the festival.
The Roots though started the show off promptly going through their closet full of hits and were even joined on stage by New Kids on the Block’s own Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg & Jordan Knight. The former bad boy of rap still showed he had skills as he went toe-to-toe with Black Thought in an impressive freestyle session. As Jordan watched on, Shaquille O’Neal’s favorite dance crew, The Jabbawockeez, came out to support Illadelph’s greatest band with some less-than-impressive moves.
Women, free beer, a lot of free beer and some crazy tunes bumped from the main stage and the tent area. Santigold kept her buzz going strong while Cleveland’s own Kid Cudi cemented his hype by chuggin’ beer (arguably the underlining theme of the night) to the chagrin of his growing fan base.
Questlove’s hope for bringing more eyes to the burgeoning Philly music scene brought this experience to life and for a first-timer, seeing Public Enemy on stage live is an experience to see! Who else can rock a venue without any bling on better than Chuck D?
The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. and Okayplayer together have created an event by and for Philadelphia. And while everyone is holding their breath to see if Hov will bless Summer Jam one more time, The Roots Picnic is an experience that will continue more and more as time goes on.
UPDATE: Kevin was good enough to snap a few flicks at the evnet. Check them out below: