Although the weather was murky and it was slightly chilly out, New York City had a solid turnout for its first Roots Picnic ever. Bryant Park was filled with a diverse group of music fans, food stands, and performances. There were so many notables moments. However, here are our four highlights from this past weekend.
Chargaux Won the Hearts and Ears of Many
A live performance collective called Chargaux won over the ears of listeners with their soulful sound and charismatic personalities. The duo engaged with the audience through funny commentary and memorable lyrics, especially one hilariously memorable verse: "What does that emoji mean? He sent an eggplant, girl." So, it comes as no surprise how unforgettable this group is, especially since this ensemble's sound was featured on several major projects including Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid m.a.a.d City and J Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive.
Dave Chappelle Surprised Everyone With a Guest Appearance and a Joke
It's always good to see famous comedian Dave Chappelle, even if he isn't doing stand-up anymore. Initially, he started out saying that he will not be telling jokes, but of course as a funny man, he couldn't stop himself. He poked fun at Donald Trump, calling him the "white Malcolm X."
The Beloved John Mayer and his Performance
Fans were in awe watching singer-songwriter John Mayer back on the stage again, singing songs such as "Paper Doll," "Waitin' on the World to Change," and more. By the time Mayer performed, Bryant Park was filled with highly excited fans, and he did not disappoint.
Artists Touched on the Presidential Election and Serious Issues
Several artists and guests took the time to speak up about this year's presidential election and serious issues of police brutality in our nation. Some decided to speak in between sets, while others used their music to project their message. Both Emily Wells and Chappelle made comments about the presidential election, touching on the importance of voting. Black Thought and Common gave powerful bars and messages about black lives and police brutality. Whether it was through music, through a speech or jokes, it didn't go unnoticed.