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Common × Seun Kuti × Black Thought – When We Move

Seun Kuti, son of Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and an Afrobeat legend in his own right, accompanied superstar American rappers Common and Black Thought on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on August 19th.

The trio debuted “When We Move,” the first single from Common’s upcoming album A Beautiful Revolution (Pt. 2), available September 10th. The track features Seun as a vocalist and saxophonist alongside Black Thought, cofounder and MC of The Tonight Show house band The Roots. A sequel to the 2020 release of A Beautiful Revolution (Pt. 1), Pt. 2 highlights talents such as multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Brittany Howard, singer PJ, guitarist and singer Marcus King, guitarist Isaiah Sharkey, and poet Morgan Parker.

Seun joined the studio performance at Rockefeller Plaza virtually from the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria, where he played live. Founded by Fela, the original Afrika Shrine was a club that served as a cultural gathering spot from its 1972 opening until his death in 1997. The Kuti family built the New Afrika Shrine in 2000, creating a newer and larger community hub in the same ethos as the Shrine.

Led by Fela’s daughter Yeni, The New Shrine features weekly performances from his son Femi and monthly performances from Seun alongside Egypt 80, his father’s former band that he now leads. It is also the host of Felabration, a weeklong music festival created in memory of Fela and held during his birthday annually. The 24/7 venue is a massive draw for visiting musicians, including Bootsy Collins, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Skepta, and Bono.

Merging the history of African jazz, soul, and funk music with the contemporary hip hop and rap scene, Seun and Common celebrate the longstanding influence of Black culture. While Pt. 1 was intended to “channel all of our pain and outrage into something productive, inspirational, and good,” said Common to Rolling Stone. “Pt. 2 was created with hope and inspiration in mind,” said his recent statement. “The spirit of the album was meant to emulate what a greater day would sound and feel like.”

Check out the full performance on YouTube.
Clips on The Tonight Show Instagram & Twitter and Common’s Instagram Story.

Listen to the studio version of “When We Move,” available for streaming now. A Beautiful Revolution (Pt. 2) available for preorder and save.

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A Hip-Hop Master Class Featuring Black Thought

Bringing the culture to some of the world’s most hallowed halls, Black Thought will host “School of Thought: A Hip-Hop Master Class Featuring Black Thought” at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) October 25-28, 2021. This will be the second installment of his free workshop series in partnership with the Hall. The program welcomes 10 finalist applicants aged 18-35 to participate in a multi-day master class led by the legendary MC for GRAMMY Award-winning platinum-certified hip-hop luminaries. The Roots as he dispenses invaluable knowledge when it comes to spitting bars and industry game.

Applications may be submitted now through September 7, 2021 at this link and you can find more info HERE.

In addition to including special guests such as iconic producer Sean C and more, Black Thought will headline a public showcase of the students under his tutelage on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the Weill Music Room in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing. Tickets, priced at $20, go on sale August 30, 2021. Following the showcase, Black Thought leads an intimate conversation with surprise guests on Friday, October 29 for young artists who participate in WMI NeonArts program, offering rare insight into his own incredible journey and sharing wisdom he’s picked up along the way.

In Spring 2022, he takes “School of Thought” all the way to Washington, D.C. Continuing the partnership with WMI and teaming up with The John F. Kennedy Center as part of The Roots’ own For the Culture Artist Residency, Black Thought will guide another 10 MCs in Our Nation’s Capital. He’ll offer sessions about lyricism, flow, style, and delivery in addition to studying the history of hip-hop and providing private coaching.

Dates and further details will be revealed soon for the free master class at The John F. Kennedy Center.

“School of Thought” launched at Carnegie Hall during 2019 as a different kind of master class driven by the vision of one of the game’s most dynamic rhyme architects.

The concept has grown and evolved with each iteration as it continues to uplift and unlock doors for a new vanguard of elite rappers.

School is about to be in session.

The confirmed and current schedule of the for the Culture Artist Residency program is enclosed below.

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BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL

THE 43rd ANNUAL BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL STUNNED ON OPENING NIGHT FEATURING HEADLINER ARI LENNOX, A SURPRISE PERFORMANCE BY J. COLE, KAMAUU, ADELINE AND NESTA AT PROSPECT PARK

BRIC AND NYC PARKS UNVEILED THE OFFICIAL RENAMING OF THE “LENA HORNE BANDSHELL” AS PART OF THE CITY-WIDE INITIATIVE TO HONOR THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN NYC

BRIC, the Brooklyn-based leading arts and media institution, kicked off their 43rd annual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival with an official return to live, in-person performances. While last year’s season of the free concert series was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and reinvented as a virtual two-day event, this season will follow in BRIC’s tradition of bringing the Brooklyn community together by celebrating the culture, music, and people that make the borough one of a kind.

The evening commenced with opening remarks from BRIC’s President Kristina Newman-Scott, the Executive Producer of Celebrate Brooklyn! Lia Camille Crockett, Comptroller Elect Brad Lander, President of Prospect Park Alliance Sue Donoghue, and NYC Parks Commissioner Mitch Silver. Commissioner Silver announced the official renaming of the Prospect Park Bandshell to the “Lena Horne Bandshell.” With a strong endorsement from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, the historic concert venue has been renamed in honor of Brooklyn-born Lena Horne, who was a social justice and civil rights activist, trailblazing dancer, actress and singer in theater, film and television. The renaming supports BRIC’s commitment to championing diverse culture-shifters and elevating artists from around the world and around the block.

Queens-based artist Nesta opened the night of incredible music performances, paying homage to his Jamaican roots with an R&B twist, performing songs including “Str8 From The Heart,” “Poison,” “Brag,” “Frontin’,” “Why Not Love,” and “Already There.” Next, the politically conscious rapper, poet, and Brooklynite KAMAUU had his fans on their feet and singing word for word during his set, which featured songs “Purl,” “Bamboo,” “Switch Up,” “Ivy,” “Sunbogalo,” “Jambo,” his crowd-pleasing reinvited cover of “Hey Ya,” “Clover,” “Icarus,” “Gold,” and “Mango,” featuring French-Caribbean singer and bassist Adeline, who joined him on stage. KAMAUU also performed a special preview of an unreleased record for the fans.

Finally, headliner Ari Lennox graced the stage with soulful renditions of her songs “Whipped Cream,” “Broke,” “New Apt,” “Facetime,” “Chicago Boy,” “I Been,” “Up Late,” “40 Shades,” “Speak to Me,” and a medley of old favorites, “Goat,” “Backseat,” and “Night Drive.” Towards the end of her set, Ari Lennox treated the crowd to an unbelievable surprise performance with artist J. Cole, who sang his verse on her hit-single “Shea Butter Baby.” The Brooklyn audience was filled with palpable excitement and resounding cheers for J. Cole, who praised Ari Lennox before leaving the stage. The night ended with Ari singing “BMO,” and the energy of the park overflowed with pure joy.

The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival will continue through September 18 with upcoming performances including The Roots, Wizkid, D-Nice with special guests, Glass Animals, Skip Marley, Vijay Iyer, Rita Indiana, Mr. Eazi, Trombone Shorty, Junglepussy, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Yaeji, and more!

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Trey Anastasio Band Announces US Tour Dates

Trey Anastasio Band released fall tour dates, including a two-night-stand at Radio City Music Hall.

Trey Anastasio Band (TAB) announces its long-awaited return to the road with an upcoming series of live dates. The tour begins September 17 at Thompson’s Point in Portland, ME and then travels through a two-night-stand at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on October 2 and 3. The upcoming run marks the first TAB tour for new bassist Dezron Douglas, who joins the band following the recent passing of original member Tony Markellis. Presales begin Wednesday, July 14 at noon ET. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 16. 

Last year saw Trey Anastasio Band release a new live album, Burn It Down, a three-dimensional sonic time capsule that captures the explosive eight-piece band on their January 2020 tour. Produced and mixed by Vance Powell (Phish, Chris Stapleton, Jack White), the 15-song collection shows TAB at the peak of its powers, combining their trademark tight musicianship with unbounded performances. Burn It Down is available now at all digital outlets and vinyl will be available on August 20. 

TOUR DATES

Sep 17 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point

Sep 18 – Boston, MA @ Leader Bank Pavilion

Sep 19 – New Haven, CT @ Westville Music Bowl

Sep 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met

Sep 22 – Charlottesville, VA @ Ting Pavilion

Sep 24 – Wilmington, NC @ Riverfront Park Amphitheater

Sep 25 – Charlotte, NC @ Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

Sep 26 – Asheville, NC @ Rabbit Rabbit

Sep 28 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live Outdoors

Sep 29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE Outdoors

Oct 1 – Washington, DC @ Anthem

Oct 2 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall

Oct 3 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall

TREY ANASTASIO BAND

Trey Anastasio – Guitars / Vocals

Cyro Baptista – Percussion

James Casey – Saxophone / Keyboards / Percussion / Vocals

Natalie Cressman – Trombone / Vocals

Jennifer Hartswick – Trumpet / Vocals

Russ Lawton – Drums

Dezron Douglas – Bass Guitar

Ray Paczowski – Keyboards

ABOUT TREY ANASTASIO

Over the past three decades, composer/guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio has forged a multi-faceted career, winning acclaim in rock, classical and theatrical circles. He is a founding member of Phish, one of today’s most successful and innovative rock bands. In the summer of 2017, Phish completed a residency at the world-renowned Madison Square Garden in New York – an unprecedented 13-night run known as The Baker’s Dozen. Phish’s total number of performances at the famed arena currently sits at 64.

Anastasio has received GRAMMY® nominations for his recordings with Phish and for his solo work. He has collaborated with such artists as Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Toots and the Maytals, B.B. King and The Roots, and – as part of the trio Oysterhead – Les Claypool (Primus) and Stewart Copeland (The Police). He co-wrote the music for the Broadway musical Hands on a Hardbody, which received a Tony nomination for Best Original Score in 2013. In the summer of 2015, Anastasio joined the surviving four members of the Grateful Dead for five stadium shows, which celebrated the band’s 50th anniversary and served as their farewell shows.

Anastasio has performed his original compositions with numerous symphonies. The New York Times hailed his Carnegie Hall performance with the New York Philharmonic as “that rarest of rarities, a classical-rock hybrid that might please partisans from both constituencies.” In 2014, he debuted a new piece for guitar and orchestra, entitled Petrichor, on a West Coast orchestral tour that concluded with a performance at the Hollywood Bowl, marking his second performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In April 2019, Anastasio released his 14th solo album, Ghosts of the Forest, which Rolling Stone said was “built around psychedelic guitar liftoffs, ambitious arrangements, and extremely personal lyrics.” Between Me and My Mind, a film documenting Trey’s creative process debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and played a sold-out limited-run engagement in theaters this past summer.

Save Our Stages

By: Gabrielle Archuleta

With Covid-19 making an impact on businesses, the live music industry has been among those hit the hardest. The loss in revenue is estimated to be $8.9 billion, along with the comedy and performing arts entertainment. More than 90% of independent venues are at risk of being permanently shut down. The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is working hard to get emergency relief funds out to these venues in dire need. With the help of YouTube, NIVA and Save Our Stages created a virtual concert to help raise money, which will benefit these independent venues. The list of venues is on their website. Artists from around the country have joined together in an effort to raise awareness and save the stages they once performed in.

These venues have supported many big artists and have even launched careers for many. Not only are the artists feeling the impact, but the employees behind the scenes are as well. From the sound to the stage crew, many of them are left without a job and fear what will come next. Fans are left with tickets to be refunded and the uncertainty of future shows to come. This leaves the music industry shaken when it comes to the revenue that concerts bring. Concerts generate more money than streaming music on popular platforms such as Spotify, Apple music and Pandora. Popular artists such as Drake have made $23.7 million in one year from streaming, yet his last tour, Summer Sixteen featuring Future, grossed $85 million. Save our stages is the saving platform for artists, fans and lovers of music to support the venues we know and love and keep the live music alive.

Kicking off their first ever virtual event, an exclusive trailer narrated by Neil Young released footage featuring various iconic artists performing in these at-risk venues and some of the earliest known footage of Neil Young performing at the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, CT. This 3-day virtual event lasted from October 16th-18th. Day one started out with Alec Benjamin performing at Hotel Café in Los Angeles, CA. There was no audience, just the performers. Some talked of past show experiences and selling out venues. Following him was Billie Eilish’s brother, Finneas who is breaking out on his own, releasing his first single called Can’t Wait To Be Dead. Other artists for day one included, Sebastian Yatra, Dizzy Fae, Macklemore, YG, and Dillon Francis. Marshmellow and Demi Lovato hit the stage at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA. They performed their hit single together It’s Okay Not To Be Okay, as well as talked about their experiences in independent venues they’ve played in and seen other artists play in. Macklemore performed in Seattle, WA singing hits that included Ten Thousand Hours, Glorious, Good Old Days and a few others during his thirty-minute set. While G-Eazy took pieces of his hits and performed over a dozen songs in his set at The Independent in San Francisco, CA.

Day two kicked off with an even bigger list of performers. Sixteen artists each in their own independent venue to perform in. Jason Mraz was the first up, singing the best of his songs from I’m Yours to I Won’t Give Up out of the Belly Up Tavern in San Diego, CA. Rise Against brought the rock style back to the stage singing six of their hits from the Metro in Chicago,IL. Miley Cyrus played at the Whiskey-Go-Go in Los Angeles, CA wearing all black Rockstar attire. Though she had a short playlist, it was filled with fun energy. Also playing out of Los Angles from Troubadour, the Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl talks about his first experience at the Toubadour and meeting Bret Michaels for the first time. They start out with Skin and Bones continue with My Hero, These Days, Times Like These and end it with everyone’s favorite Everlong. The Roots performed a longer set list that lasted a little over an hour at the Apollo Theater in New York, NY. Wrapping up day two was Major Lazor performing out of Gramps in Miami, FL. He had a setlist similar to length of The Roots lasting a little over an hour and promoting Save Our Stages throughout his set. To many of these artists, the venues that are at stake are not only where they got their start in the music world but also where they discovered music. Demi Lovato mentions one of her first concerts was at an independent venue where she had seen Paramore.

The final day came with some big names. Little Big Town plays at the Exit/In in Nashville, TN. They talk about their first show and replayed one of their classic songs, Boondocks as an encore. The last song is a fan favorite, Girl Crush. Dave Matthews performs solo at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA. His setlist includes a new song that is played for the first-time live called the Ocean and the Butterfly. The Lumineers wrap up this event, taking it back home to Colorado at the Boulder Theatre in Boulder, CO. Reminiscing on the songs they’ve played in small independent venues and how great songs such as Ophelia came from those experiences and performing them.

Save our stages is not just important to the artists, but to the fans and music lovers all over the nation. There are over 2,000 venues that have joined the National Independent Venue Association to help save theses venues and keep not only the jobs that come with it but the live music experience we love and miss. Though this virtual event is over, the fight is not. Save our venues has raised over $1,000,000 and has a set goal of $5,000,000. The funds will be administered by the Giving Back Fund, a non-profit organization. The money will go to the venues in dire need and in fear of being shut down. With the help of all the artists who participated along with Youtube, NIVA and every person who donated, we can only hope that enough money is raised to save these venues.

BLACK THOUGHT RELEASES EP “STREAMS OF THOUGHT, VOL. 3: CANE & ABLE”

“Black Thought, the rapper, MC for The Roots and freestyle genius, goes all-in on the latest installment of his stunning Streams of Thought trilogy” – NPR

Renowned, legendary MC for GRAMMY-Award-winning, platinum-certified, hip-hop luminaries The Roots, Black Thought releases today his new EP, Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able, and is available at all digital retailers. The third installment, including lead single “Thought Vs Everyone,” continues the critically acclaimed “Streams of Thought” series launched by Black Thought.

Listen/download “Steams of Thought Vol. 3: Cane & Able” HERE.

Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able was produced entirely by Sean C (JayZ, Diddy, Pusha T, Joey Badass). The thirteen-track collection sees Black Thought continue to hone his inimitable and impenetrable improvisation. The EP includes features with heavy hitters like Swizz Beats, Portugal The Man, Pusha T, ScHoolboy Q, The Last Artful, and Dodgr.

Black Thought teamed up with a Black American visual artist for the cover in service of a mission to elevate hip-hop to high art. This time, he worked with Khari Turner who created a stunning portrait inspired by the MC for the album cover.

Khari Turner’s work right now is a diary of struggle and overcoming struggle. He explores the history of Black defeat, Black revolutions and Black accomplishments coalescing through mark making, realism, and expressionism.

Black Thought’s previously released “Streams of Thought, Vol. 1&Vol. 2” have set the stage for the follow-up’s arrival. A tastemaker-approved phenomenon, Pitchfork, proclaimed it, “a small testament to his sustained excellence. “Rolling Stone, and more offered praise. In addition to bowing in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Top Independent Album charts, “Thought” and “Twofifteen” both surpassed 2 million Spotify streams each.

Streams Of Thought, Vol. 3 Track List

About Black Thought

As Co-Founder of The Roots, a critically acclaimed solo artist, actor, writer, producer, and creator, Tariq Trotter, aka Black Thought, has quietly affirmed himself as one of the most prolific, prescient, and powerful voices in hip-hop. Over the course of his career, he has won four GRAMMY Awards and three NCAAP Image Awards. Not only did he deliver eleven applauded albums with The Roots, but the group also joined The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon as the house band and is now a beloved mainstay of late-night television.

Beyond collaborations with everyone from Eminem, John Legend, J Dilla, and Big Pun, Linkin Park, Logic, and Fall Out Boy, he co-produced the multiplatinum GRAMMY-award-winning, original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton. Alongside fellow The Roots co-founder Questlove, he launched the production company Two One Five Entertainment, executive producing the AMC documentary series, Hip-Hop: The Songs That Shook America. Teaming up with Academy-Award-winner John Ridley, he makes his theater debut with the musical “Black No More” in 2021.

His presence has also seamlessly translated into roles in film in television such as HBO’s The Deuce. Black Thought’s solo career accelerated at full speed with his “Streams of Thought” series in 2018. Pairing him with a legendary producer for each release, “Streams of Thought, Vol. 1 with Wonder generated millions of streams as Pitchfork proclaimed he “is somehow still improving decades after his peers’ primes, which in hip-hop sounds almost as crazy as a professional athlete doing the same.”

He joined forces with Salaam Remi on “Streams of Thought, Vol. 2” before returning with producer Sean-C for 2020’s Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able. Marking his debut for Republic Records, it features collaborations with Portugal The Man, ScHoolboy Q, as well as the lead single “Good Morning” feat. Swizz Beatz, Pusha T, Killer Mike. Lyrically dexterous, politically provocative, and consciously incisive, Black Thought encourages the game to move forward with him yet again.

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The Roots Session 12

The Roots 12th Solo Session

The Roots announce the 12th installment of their series, The Roots Jam Presents Solo Sessions. The 12th episode includes performances by Adeline and Samora Pinderhughes. Adeline is a French-Caribbean singer, bassist and prolific songwriter who produces her own music with co-producer Morgan Wiley. Samora Pinderhughes is a composer, pianist and vocalist known for his use of music to examine sociopolitical issues and fight for change.

The episode is hosted by Captain Kirk (of the legendary Roots crew) and will be available on Monday, August 10th at 6pm EST. Now on their 12th episode, the Roots Jam Presents Solo Sessions is an artist performance series highlighting emerging talent. In the spirit of the legendary Roots Jam Sessions, the band is opening up its platform to feature one song performances from music artists that are handpicked and curated by the band. Stay tuned for the newest installment for new music and new artists to enjoy from the safety of our homes.

The Roots Jam Presents Solo Sessions 11

The Roots announce the eleventh installment of their The Roots Jam Presents Solo Sessions, including performances by Khemist and Aja Monet. Khemist is a Philadelphia based MC, Poet, songwriter, and musician, whose latest EP, Khemtrails, was just released June 19th this summer, in honor of Juneteenth. Aja Monet is a poet whose work explores gender, race, migration, and spirituality, and she follows in the long legacy and tradition of poets participating in social movements. She is currently working on her next full collection of poems entitled Florida Water.

The episode is hosted by Captain Kirk of the legendary Roots crew and will be available on Monday, August 3rd at 6pm EST. This series is part of the custom content being delivered to fans during this time via The Roots YouTube Channel. All content is created by The Roots and produced by their production company, Two One Five Entertainment, in partnership with Live Nation Urban and available HERE

The Roots Jam Presents Solo Sessions is an artist performance series highlighting emerging talent. In the spirit of the legendary Roots Jam Sessions, the band is opening up its platform to feature one song performances from music artists that are handpicked and curated by the band; artists that The Roots feel you should know. The pillars for The Roots Jam sessions are creativity and discovery and it is these same tenants that fueled the creation of Solo Sessions. Click HERE to view episode 10.

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The Roots Jam Presents Solo Sessions

The Roots announce the tenth installment of their The Roots Jam Presents Solo Sessions including performances by Quincy, who recently created an EP featuring a duet with his father, Al B. Sure!, a re-work of his father’s 1988 hit “Nite and Day,” and North London R&B powerhouse vocalist Sinéad Harnett. The episode is hosted by Captain Kirk and will be available on Thursday, July 16th at 6pm EST.

This series is part of the custom content being delivered to fans during this time via The Roots YouTube Channel. All content is created by The Roots and produced by their production company, Two One Five Entertainment, in partnership with Live Nation Urban and available here.

The Roots Jam Presents Solo Sessions is an artist performance series highlighting emerging talent. In the spirit of the legendary Roots Jam Sessions, the band is opening up its platform to feature one song performances from music artists that are handpicked and curated by the band; artists that The Roots feel you should know. The pillars for The Roots Jam sessions are creativity and discovery and it is these same tenants that fueled the creation of Solo Sessions. Click here to view episode 9.

During this time, The Roots have been developing weekly content around The Roots members that varies from short form storytelling to live conversations, as well as performances and podcasts. This will continue in the coming weeks with content featuring other influential artists, authors and creatives.

Be sure to watch The Roots Jam Presents Solo Sessions featuring Quincy and Sinéad Harnett, available at 6pm EST on July 16th here.

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“When We All Vote” Festival

This Saturday, in partnership with Michelle Obama’s national, nonpartisan nonprofit organization, When We All Vote, The Roots are launching the 13th Annual Roots Picnic as a virtual broadcast experience exclusively on YouTube at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT HERE. Announced today, there will also be a pre-show executive produced and curated by The Bridge (Tina Farris and Suede) at 5:45 PM ET broadcasting exclusively on The Roots YouTube Channel and featuring performances and special content by several heavy-hitting newcomers.

Artists confirmed include Bam Marley, Brianna Cash, Daniel Sebastian, Iman Omari, Infinity Song, IV Jay, Jac Ross, Jayla Darden, JD & Domi, Justine Skye, LOONY, Nissi, Raye, Riela, RMR, T.Nava, Sampa the Great, Savanna Christina, Shawn Smith, YelloPain, Victory Boyd, Infinity Song, AquilDawud and SUSU. Additionally, you can check out The Roots Picnic playlist on Spotify. Fans can anticipate performances by The Roots, H.E.R., Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, SZA, Kirk Franklin, Snoh Aalegra, Earthgang, G Herbo, Polo G, D Nice and Musiq Soulchild (backed by The Roots) and appearances by Michelle Obama, Lin Manuel Miranda, Chris Paul, Common, Liza Koshy, Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Janelle Monáe, and Elaine Welteroth. The event is Executive Produced by Shawn Gee (Live Nation Urban), Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tarik Trotter (Two One Five Entertainment), and Dan Parise (DPS). Hosted by Questlove, Black Thought, and Michelle Obama, the picnic will be filled with amazing performances by a diverse group of young highly popular hip hop, R&B, and gospel artists with the goal of engaging and reaching 500,000 eligible voters.

When We All Vote volunteers will sign up to text voters throughout the show through Outvote, a web and mobile organizing platform used to reach unregistered voters. Volunteers can sign-up to learn how to reach voters before the event here. In addition to music, this event will include pre-recorded segments with musicians, athletes, social media influencers, When We All Vote Co-Chairs and The Roots sharing one simple call to action, register to vote. Fans can subscribe to The Roots Official YouTube Channel and tune into the broadcast stream HERE.

PayPal is proud to power The Roots Picnic Marketplace, a collection of Black-owned businesses from across the United States so fans can meet the owners, shop, and donate throughout the event. PayPal recognizes the critical role that these businesses play in our economy, and this partnership builds upon PayPal’s commitment to support Black-owned businesses and fight economic inequality. Additional sponsors for the event include Cîroc, the official vodka partner, Glossier, the official beauty partner and Lowes, the official home improvement partner. The partnership between The Roots and When We All Vote comes from a shared ethos of wanting to reach the most underrepresented community of people when it comes to voting, black people between the ages of 21-35.

Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote and The Roots have a common goal, to educate and inspire communities to use their voices and vote to make a difference. Right now and continuing throughout the broadcast, there will be a call to action to allow fans to register to vote HERE or by texting ROOTS to 56005.

*Throughout the broadcast, this will be available in the form of a link in the live chat section allowing fans to register to vote in real-time while enjoying the show. Additionally, When We All Vote volunteers will work throughout the day and during the show to text and engage 500,000 eligible voters. *Text 56005 to receive periodic updates from When We All Vote. Text HELP for help, STOP to end. Msg & Data rates may apply.