The Roots to stage virtual festival with Michelle Obama

Derrick Santistevan

Hip-hop stars The Roots are taking their yearly music festival, Roots Picnic, online and turning it into a citizen registration drive with the assistance of former U.S. First Girl Michelle Obama.

Frontman Questlove, otherwise referred to as Ahmir Khalib Thompson, and his bandmates had to hold off the summer season event in their home town of Philadelphia due to the coronavirus pandemic. When We All Vote, they have actually now chosen to stage a virtual version in collaboration with Obama’s non-partisan non-profit.

Obama will sign up with the drummer and rapper Black Idea from another location to co-host the 27 June show, which will include sets by the similarity SZA, Roddy Ricch, H.E.R., Lil Child, Kirk Franklin, Musiq Soulchild, and The Roots themselves.
In a press declaration, Shawn Gee, who functions as The Roots’ manager and President of Live Country Urban, stated:”Our goal is to aggressively impact change and we’re going to have some fun while doing so”

He added that the festival is “incredibly proud to partner with Mrs Obama’s When We All Vote” which he hopes the association will”ensure our audience has the resources they need to register and vote in November’s election” When We All Vote Handling Director of Communications and Culture Stephanie L. Young stated celebrations played a role in developing modification,
“To change the culture means we have to be in the culture, and iconic events like Roots Picnic, a celebration of the most influential artists of today, is just that”

The digital Roots Picnic will consist of extra looks by Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kerry Washington, Janelle Monae, and Tracee Ellis Ross, to name a few.

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