The Roots and Michelle Obama announced their plans for June 27th’s Roots Picnic. The former First Lady’s When We All Vote
initiative teamed up with the group to create a virtual festival.
Artists will perform over YouTube livestream; he musical lineup features The Roots, SZA, H.E.R., G. Herbo, Earthgang, Polo G, Snoh Aalegra, and Musiq Soulchild. DJ D-Nice will also play a special set during the festivities. Kirk Franklin, Janelle Monae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tom Hanks, Liza Koshy, Chris Paul and Lin Manuel-Miranda will make appearances as well. Tune in to The Roots’ YouTube page to watch the show.
DaBaby, Burna Boy, Thundercat, and more were among the festival’s original lineup. Hometown hero Meek Mill was an original headliner. Originally set for May 30, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the date back to August 1 before organizers decided to officially cancel the festival altogether.