The 13th annual “Roots Picnic” will be joining , like many other concerts this summer, the virtual experience platform as an attempt to keep everyone as safe as possible while still connecting during COVID-19. The event will take place on June 27 at 8PM EST and will stream on The Roots’ youtube channel. The event will have musical acts along with speakers including Michelle Obama.
The Roots Picnic is partnered with Obama’s nonprofit, “When We All Vote” and will be helping people sign up to vote by texting viewers through a platform that targets unregistered voter. This event won’t replace the usual festival, which is still postponed, but will be additional content. Organizers of the festival urge people to, “Please stay tuned for more updates on the 2020 festival.”
The musical acts include H.E.R, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, SZA, Kirk Franklin, Snoh Aalegra, D-Nice, Polo G, G Herbo, Musiq Soulchild, and Earth Gang. The Speakers include Michelle Obama, Janelle Monáe, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, Tom Hanks, Liza Koshy, Chris Paul, Elaine Welteroth, Lin-Manual Miranda, Deon Cole, Coach K, Wallo267, and Ghetto Gastro.