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The Roots Picnic & Tour Dates

The Roots Picnic & Tour Dates

THE ROOTS PICNIC
June 7th at Philadelphia’s Festival Pier
The Roots to host Gnarls Barkley, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings,
Santogold & more!

Nationwide Tour with Erykah Badu in support of
The Roots’ 10th New Album Release Rising Down- out April 29th.

Grammy award-winning, hip-hop trailblazers The Roots are offering their hometown fans in Philadelphia a day of music featuring some of the industry’s hottest acts. On June 7th, an eclectic group of artists will descend upon Festival Pier for the city’s most exciting concert lineup of the year. As curators of the event, The Roots sought a diverse roster from their circle of peers- artists they have known since their youth and past & present collaborators.

Joining The Roots are Gnarls Barkley, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Santogold, Deerhoof, J*Davey, Diplo, Esperanza and The Cool Kids. Gates open at noon, and the show starts at 2:00PM. General admission tickets are $49.50 and can be purchased now at all Ticketmaster locations, LiveNation.com and Charge-by-Phone 215-336-2000/ 856-338-9000/ 302-984-2000.

In addition, don’t miss The Roots live on Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars. Hosted by Jon Stewart, this star packed special will be televised LIVE from The Beacon Theatre in New York City on Sunday, April 13th at 8:00PM EST. The band then heads back to Philadelphia to appear on The Colbert Report on April 15th as he covers the Pennsylvania primaries. On April 28th, The Roots hit The Late Show with David Letterman to perform “Rising Up.”

The Roots will be touring non-stop this year including dates supporting Erykah Badu and a headline appearance at America’s largest Earth Day celebration- the Green Apple Festival 2008- at the National Mall in Washington, DC. The band will be joined by friends Chrisette Michelle, Will.i.am, Doug E. Fresh and Neyo. Additional festivals include All Points West, Summerfest and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. For a complete list of dates, see below.

The Roots are set to release their highly-anticipated 10th album- Rising Down- on April 29th via Def Jam Recordings. Known for their prolific lyrics and live instrumentation, the Legendary Philadelphia crew is composed of Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter (vocals), Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (keyboards), Frank Knuckles (percussion), Kirk “Captain Kirk” Douglas (guitar) and Owen Biddle (bass).

Catch The Roots in the following cities:

April
11 Killington, VT- Pickel Barrel Nightclub
12 Boston, MA- Northeastern University
16 West Lafayette, IN- Purdue University
17 Pittsburgh, PA- Carnegie Mellon University
18 St. Louis, MO- Webster University
20 Washington, DC- Green Apple Festival @ National Mall
23 Raleigh, NC- Duke University
24 Myrtle Beach, SC- House of Blues
25 Charlotte, NC- Amos’s Southend Music Hall
26 Towson, MD- Tigerfest @ Towson University
29 New Haven, CT- Yale University

May
2 Memphis, TN- Beale Street Music Festival
3 New Orleans, LA- Jazz &Heritage Festival
4 Detroit, MI- Fox Theater*
6 Montreal, QC- Cepsum @ University of Montreal*
8 Boston, MA- Orpheum Theater*
9 New York City, NY- Radio City*
10 Baltimore, MD- Pier Six Concert Pavilion*
11 Allentown, PA- Crocodile Rock
14 Washington, DC- Constitution Hall*
15 Washington, DC- Constitution Hall*
16 Norfolk, VA- Chrysler Hall*
17 Richmond, VA- Landmark Theater*
20 Boca Raton, FL- Mizner Park*
23 Atlanta, GA- Fox Theater*
24 Chillicothe, IL- Summer Camp Music Festival
25 Los Angeles, CA- UCLA Jazz and Reggae Festival
27 Nashville, TN- Ryman Auditorium*
29 St. Louis, MO- Fox Theater*
30 Chicago, IL- Chicago Theater*
31 Chicago, IL- Chicago Theater*

June
2 Denver, CO- The Fillmore*
4 Eugene, OR- Cuthbert Amphitheater
5 Seattle, WA- Marymoor Park*
7 Philadelphia, PA- The Roots Picnic @ Festival Pier
8 Oakland, CA- Paramount Theater*
10 San Diego, CA- Humphrey’s*
12 Los Angeles, CA- Greek Theater*
13 Birmingham, AL- City Stages Festival
14 Phoenix, AZ- Mesa Amphitheatre*
17 Houston, TX- Verizon Wireless Theater
18 Dallas, TX- Nokia Theater
19 New Orleans, LA- House of Blues
22 Rochester, NY- Rochester International Jazz Festival

July
4 Milwaukee, WI- Summerfest 2008
20 Commerce City, CO- Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Aug
8 Jersey City, NJ- All Points West Festival @ Liberty State Park

* w/ Erykah Badu
All dates subject to change.

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