Summer has officially begun in Philadelphia thanks to the 6th Annual Legendary Roots Picnic this past weekend. This festival has become a ritual in Philly culture. People flocked from everywhere to enjoy the day at Festival Pier in Penn’s Landing.
The festival, brought to us by Philly’s own the Roots, with a collection of artist from both the new and old school was an extreme success. Headlining acts included a range of artist including the Roots, Naughty by Nature, Solange and Trinidad James, new comers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, surprise guest Meek Mill and many more.
The Roots picnic was sponsored by Vitamin Water, which was a bonus since the heat surpassed the 90 degree mark. Although it was hot, people were not bothered by it, instead enjoying the day’s festivities. Fans know that anything the Roots puts together are sure not to disappoint, that’s one of the reasons why they have such a loyal following.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka was also there in support of charity serving drinks for a dollar which will go to Triple Threat Mentoring. Triple Threat Mentoring is a non-profit empowering youth who are under privileged by providing them with arts, academics and athletics. Their goal is to empower urban youth to develop confidence, character and life skills.
The Roots were also given a huge honor this past Friday by The Mural Arts Program. A mural, titled “Legendary,” was added to Broad South Street. It towers six stories high and stretches 60 feet wide. The larger than life collage includes various Roots album covers and musical performances, and includes all the members’ achievements to date.
Ernel Martinez of Amber Art & Design was the mural artist. He said it took his team a year and a half to complete. They worked in collaboration with Mural Arts and The Roots management. The mural pays tribute to the world’s most well-known hip-hop band and Philadelphia’s hometown heroes.