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The Roots Picnic

Saturday

Jun 3, 2017 – 12:00 PM

Philadelphia PA
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  • The Roots
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Solange
  • Lil Wayne

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The Roots: While most modern hip hop acts have shied away from playing actual instruments, The Roots have made a hugely successful career out of it. Their unique brand of hip hop and soul with a full band (including horn section) has led to sold-out tour dates and four Grammys. In addition to their own acclaimed albums, The Roots have also participated in acclaimed collaborations with artists like John Legend, Erykah Badu, and Duffy. As The Roots continue to evolve and grow, nothing seems too out of the ordinary for this groundbreaking hip hop collective.

The Roots was formed in 1987 by vocalist Black Thought and drummer Questlove while they were friends in high school. The duo began performing around Philadelphia and New York City, gathering a line-up of musicians that would change frequently throughout the band's career; including beatboxer Rahzel. After gathering a following of both hip hop and alternative fans with strategic tour dates, The Roots roared onto the mainstream with the release of Things Fall Apart in 1999. The album quickly went gold and won The Roots their first Grammy that year, and was followed by a performance at Woodstock '99. The Roots' political and social commentary began to grow stronger and stronger beginning with Game Theory in 2006 and continued on their next few albums.

The Roots album, Wake Up!, combined the group's increasing social commentary with the smooth R&B sounds of John Legend; an undeniably winning combination. After a collaborative album with Betty Wright, The Roots released their 13th album, Undun. The record was a concept album, following a man named Redford Stephens who's seduced by a life of crime. After a collaboration with Elvis Costello, the band released ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, which satirically dealt with the subject at violence in America.

Solange: HI THIS IS SOLANGE. I WAS BORN JUNE 24, 1986 IN HOUSTON TX. IM THE YOUNGER SISTER OF BEYONCE KNOWLES. AND HAVE A SON NAMED DANIEL JULEZ SMITH JR. I WILL BE HAVING A CD THATS COMING OUT CALLED "Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams".I AM THE executive producer of the CD, updated hip-hop inspired nursery rhymes, and the music featured in all of the toys. MY SON IS THE FACE OF BABY JAMZ.

Lil Wayne: He’s a four-time Grammy winner, with sales of over ten million to his name – a name which, in the past, has been tied to more than its fair share of controversy. However, what cannot be contested is the sheer musical genius of this rap superstar. Eventful is where you'll find all the latest on Lil Wayne tour dates and concerts 2011.

Michael Dewayne Carter, Jr. aka Lil Wayne, came from humble beginnings - born and raised in the infamous Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans. He began his career at the tender age of 12, when his indisputable talent was spotted by Cash Money Co-CEO, Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams. With a sneaky suspicion that one day Lil Wayne tour dates might become a major hot ticket item, Williams took charge of the young rapper, guiding him as he embarked on the road to stardom.

Lil Wayne made his first real foray into the game in 1993, as part of a duo which later in 1997 became a four-piece. As the ‘Hot Boys’, the group sold over half a million records. With a solid base understanding of the workings of the industry, Lil Wayne released his debut album as a solo artist in 1999. It went on to sell over two million copies, the huge demand for Lil Wayne tour dates right across the county equally reflective of the artist’s mass appeal.

While his star had been on the rise for some years prior to 2008, this was when Lil Wayne secured his spot amongst the music elite with the release of his album, Tha Carter III. The record sold one million copies in its first week alone, and earned Lil Wayne eight Grammy nominations, four of which he won. His signature imagery, wit and rhyming patterns have resulted in Lil Wayne tour dates becoming some of the most anticipated events on the rap music calendar.

As buzz about the rapper continues to grow, each new Lil Wayne concert schedule brings with it more tour dates and bigger venues, taking the rapper from coast to coast, north to south and right across the globe. Indeed, it seems fitting that the Lil Wayne concert schedule is as busy as his music is diverse; over the years, he has collaborated and performed with the likes of Usher, Akon, Destiny’s Child, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Eminem.

With the most recent Lil Wayne concert schedule currently rolling out, fans of the rapper will want to stay informed on if and when he’s coming to a venue near you. Don’t miss out– make Eventful YOUR source for all the latest news and up-to-date information on Lil Wayne tour dates 2011 and beyond.

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