Roots Picnic Expands Into NYC – D’Angelo, John Mayer, Wu Tang Clan, David Byrne, Nile Rodgers & More

The acclaimed music festival, Roots Picnic, will expand into New York City onOctober 1 & 2, 2016 at the historic Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan. The Roots Picnic produced by Maverick and Live Nation in partnership with Bryant Park Corporation, will feature a mix of new and old.  On October 1, The Roots will perform a headline set with special guests D’Angelo and John Mayer.  On October 2, the headline set will be a “Love Letter to NYC” which will feature performances by seminal NYC acts such as Wu Tang Clan,David Byrne and Nile Rodgers, plus a few surprise guests, all backed by The Roots. Additional performers throughout the weekend include, Swizz BeatzX AmbassadorsTrombone ShortyKevin GatesDeerhoof,EchosmithJeremihDJ Jazzy Jeff, plus comedy sets by Jerrod Carmichael and Neal Brennan. A complete festival line-up is listed below with more artists to be announced soon.  In addition to the two-day festival, The Roots will host special live music events throughout the city this summer.  Stay tuned to www.rootspicnic.comfor additional details regarding the festival and other special summer events. Limited early bird 2-day passes as well as single day tickets go on sale Friday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m. at

 “This is the culmination of a 2 1/2 year journey that we have embarked upon with our partners at Live Nation to bring The Roots Picnic to NYC”, said Shawn Gee, partner in Maverick Management and co-founder of The Roots Picnic. “We launched the brand in Philadelphia 9 years ago and plan to continue to build and grow the Philly event in the future. The NYC version of the Picnic is unique in that our partnership with Bryant Park will extend beyond the 2 days of the festival with other events. This is truly an artist curated event, as the band picks every artist that appears in the lineup and our headline sets are always unique collaborations that one can only experience at The Roots Picnic.”

 “Bringing Roots Picnic to New York City is a project we have been working on for the last 2 ½ years. We needed to find the perfect moment and setting to host such a unique event and we wouldn’t have been able to without amazing partners in Bryant Park and The Roots” said Stacie George, Vice President of Booking for Live Nation in New York. “We’re excited to be holding this historic event within the intimate setting of Bryant Park with NYC as the backdrop.”

 Dan Biederman, Executive Director of Bryant Park Corporation said, “We’re delighted to be working with LiveNation and The Roots to bring these exciting events to Bryant Park. The eclectic lineup of talent offers something for everyone.”



Line up below subject to change.



The Roots


John Mayer

X Ambassadors

Kevin Gates


Stretch & Bobbitto

Everyday People feat DJ Moma

Comedy Set from Jerrod Carmichael

DJ Questlove

Lady Leshurr

Emily Wells



Chill Moody



The Roots

Wu Tang Clan

David Byrne

Nile Rodgers

Trombone Shorty

Swizz Beatz



Black Thought’s Live Mixtape featuring Styles P x Royce da 5’9 x Freddie Gibbs and DJ J Period


Lil Uzi Vert

Daniel “Bambatta” Marley


Comedy Set from Neal Brennan

DJ Jazzy Jeff

Grits & Biscuits

Bibi Bourelly

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