The Roots Picnic returned to Philadelphia last weekend. Fans got the surprise of a lifetime when Lauryn Hill and Fugees hit the stage for a special reunion concert. Check out a gallery of photos from their special performance inside.
Hill surprised fans Saturday night (June 3) with a special Fugees reunion concert during the 2023 Roots Picnic. The annual music festival took place at Philadelphia’s The Mann Center, Saturday headliner Ms. Lauryn Hill brought out her former band-mates Wyclef Jean and Pras.
Backed by The Roots, the Grammy Award-winning trio performed their classic hits like, “Zealots,” “Ready Or Not,” and “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” This special reunion happened during Hill’s set, which began with her solo standout “Everything Is Everything.” The lyrics, “Everything is everything, what is meant to be, will be,” resonated with the rest of the set. The show ended with a spirited performance of “Fu-Gee-La.”
In a special tribute social media post, Questlove showed his appreciation for Roots Picnic and the special reunion, reminiscing on how it all started.
The caption read:
“What A Night.
In 1993 an unknown band called the Fugees (at the request of the record label i interned at @ruffhouserecords) opened up for us at #TheTrocodero in Philadelphia—-this was one of their first gigs since signing to a major label. They were there to help us celebrate our signing to @geffenrecords. Their #BluntedOnReality got released in early 93.
We got our deal in Dec 93 & man…..
Now 30 years later & look at us now. What a journey. @MsLaurynHill did us a solid by letting us not only letting us celebrate with her the classic #MiseducationOfLaurynHill but she also made a moment by bringing together her bredren @WyclefJean & @PrasMichel ……in what could possibly be one of the last times we will see this institution together in this setting.
I’m giving all the gratitude for making this miracle of a night happen. On what woulda been my father’s 87th birthday.
Although this year was drama filled, it was also one of the least stressful picnics ever (did I mention I got to live out my dream backing @TheIsleyBrothers earlier?)
For those w FOMO, not to be outdone——@Usher will rock the house tomorrow. There are still tickets.
Thank You All With The Upmost Sincerity.
Thank You To EVERY LAST PERSON on the staff be you caterer or caretaker from Shawn Gee to the lowest intern. Thank you All!”
Check out the gallery below:
1. Guess Who’s BackSource:Taylor Hill
2. The One and Only Lauryn HillSource:Taylor Hill
3. Yes Ma’amSource:Taylor Hill
4. Fugees ReunionSource:Taylor Hill
5. Wyclef Jean Doing What He Does BestSource:Taylor Hill
6. The Gang’s All HereSource:Taylor Hill
7. DawwwwSource:Taylor Hill
8. Spotlight on the FugeesSource:Taylor Hill
9. So Much LoveSource:Taylor Hill
10. Queen LaurynSource:Taylor Hill
11. The EnergySource:Taylor Hill
12. Pras Back Like He Never LeftSource:Taylor Hill
13. A Beautiful Moment In Music HistorySource:Taylor Hill
14. What A Way To Celebrate Black Music Month TooSource:Taylor Hill
15. The Reunion Hip Hop NeededSource:Taylor Hill
16. You Just Had To Be ThereSource:Taylor Hill
17. More Of This Celebrating 50 Years Of Hip HopSource:Taylor Hill
18. Oooo La La LaaaaSource:Taylor Hill
19. 2023 Roots Picnic Was A MomentSource:Taylor Hill
20. HugssssSource:Taylor Hill
21. All-Stars Link UpSource:Taylor Hill
22. They Left It All On StageSource:Taylor Hill
23. Let Em Know Ms. Lauryn HillSource:Taylor Hill
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