The Roots return as the house band for the “The Largest Free Concert in America” alongside showstoppers Queen Latifah, Daryl Hall, Common, Joe Jonas and more!
Mayor Michael A. Nutter recently announced a “star”-spangled entertainment line-up for the Philly 4th of July Jam, “The Largest Free Concert in America,” and cornerstone event of the 10-day Wawa Welcome America! festival. Four-time Grammy award-winning band, The Roots, will once again serve as the house band for the Philly 4th of July Jam, with the band’s drummer, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson serving as Musical Director. Joining The Roots will be a talented array of the brightest and boldest musicians in the nation including Queen Latifah, Daryl Hall, Common, Joe Jonas and more at Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
RIGHT PHOTO: Queen Latifah.
“The Philly 4th of July Jam is the grand finale of our Wawa Welcome America! festival and the largest free concert in the United States,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “This year, it will be nothing short of spectacular as The Roots and Daryl Hall come home to Philly and we welcome Queen Latifah, Common and Joe Jonas to the City of Brotherly Love to offer Philadelphians and visitors from around the world a music experience they’ll never forget.”
Visitors will enjoy nearly every genre of music from R&B and hip-hop to pop and more from this all-star cast of musicians. Following this spectacular performance will be an amazing fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Musical Director ?uestlove of The Roots said: “We are very excited to be back again as the headlining band for the Philly Fourth of July Jam. It is an amazing event and we are proud to be an integral part of the show. You can expect an Independence Day celebration full of music right on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway—Philly is the place to be for the 4th of July.”
Leading up to the Philly 4th of July Jam concert is the highly anticipated, day-long Party on the Parkway. The action starts at noon on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval, featuring blocks and blocks of exciting and educational activities, games, entertainment and food for the whole family until 7 PM.
The festival will feature three themed music stages and a wealth of music programming throughout the day, sporting events, dozens of food vendors and a Go 4th and Learn area presented by Radio Disney which brings education to life through interactive games, make-and-take arts and crafts, and a Radio Disney Music Stage.
For more Wawa Welcome America! event highlights visit www.welcomeamerica.com.