The Roots Host John Mayer, David Byrne & Countless Others In Debut NYC Roots Picnic [Gallery]

first_imgThe Roots Picnic The Roots Picnic made its first-ever appearance in New York City’s Bryant Park this past weekend, and it was a great success all around. Usually taking place as a one-day event in June in Philadelphia, the Roots decided NYC needed some love, and blessing the city with a two-day version of the festival that boasted an impressive list of native musical heroes like, music icons, and a few of the Roots best friends. While the event had an emphasis on hip hop with a set by EPMD, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Black Thought and J.Period with NYC rap icons like Kool G Rap, and a performance by beat-master Swizz Beats, the lineup boasted a diverse mix of talent from across the musical spectrum, with Trombone Shorty (who brought out special guest Mystikal), X Ambassadors, Deerhoof, and comedian Neal Brennan all turning in stand out performances.However, it was The Roots who stole the show on both evenings. Starting at 7:30pm each night, the band played a 2.5 hour headlining set each night with a variety of incredible special guests. Saturday’s show featured a wild performance with John Mayer, D’Angelo, Common, Rahzel, Pino Palladino, and a brief appearance by Dave Chappelle, while Sunday’s show found the Roots backing up four iconic artists in David Byrne, Nile Rodgers (and Chic), New York’s own Alicia Keys and the Wu-Tang Clan (with a special appearance by comedian Amy Schumer to introduce the Wu). Both nights featured tons of huge hit songs that turned the Roots Picnic into something more reminiscent of Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, a true collaboration of like-minded musicians all seeming to have the time of their lives up on that stage.Year one of the NYC Roots Picnic was a wild success, and we hope it returns next year for a second edition. Thankfully, we had photographer Bahram Foroughi on site to capture these images below! Load remaining imageslast_img

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