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June 20, 2011

Roots Festival schedule released; Talib Kweli to close festival Saturday night

Talib Kweli, Chuck Brown and Anthony David will perform Saturday at Baltimore's first Roots Festival.

The multi-faceted event, which started June 22 and also includes an outdoor festival and workshops at community centers in West Baltimore and MICA, is meant to draw attention to the area in West Baltimore affected by the unsuccessful "Highway to Nowhere" project. 

On Saturday, it's the music portion of the event, which will take place over the 52 acres of green space that sits atop the "Highway to Nowhere," specifically at Franklin and N. Gilmor streets.

The schedule for the main stage, where the headliners will perform, is below. Organizers recently posted it on the festival's website. 


3 p.m. - Chuck Brown

5 p.m. - Anthony David

7 p.m. - Sunni Patterson

7:30 p.m. - Southern Roots Collective

9 p.m. - Talib Kweli

There will also be two other stages. Organizers have a comprehensive schedule of other acts on their website.

Photo: Talib Kweli performing in 2009 (Reuters)

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Posted by Erik Maza at 1:09 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Local music


Nice. Sort of balances out the lackluster Artscape schedule.

So the Roots aren't playing?

... this morning i woke up, feelin brand new, i jumped up...

looking forward to this...

for those not familiar check out 'get by' video and free mp3 at

Feel like I'm gonna get mugged if I go and watch the concert.

I do not live in this area of Baltimore but I am inpressed with the energy and quality of this festival. I will be there.

Somebody asked me about 3 years ago to be a part of this concert. Had no clue what they were talking about

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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