Roots to anchor Philly’s Fourth of July Jam

Speaking at the African American Museum in Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 26, Mayor Michael A. Nutter planted the seeds for this year’s Wawa Welcome America! Festival’s Philly 4th of July Jam with an announcement that the concert lineup will feature The Roots, Miguel and Jennifer Nettles.

“The City of Philadelphia is proud to welcome such a diverse and talented group of musicians to our city this Fourth of July,” said Nutter in a press release. “With this stellar lineup, ranging from hip-hop and R&B to country, the 2015 Philly 4th of July Jam is sure to be one of the best yet. The events we have planned for the entire Wawa Welcome America! Festival, including the impressive concert on the Fourth, will prove to the world what we have always known: that Philadelphia is the foremost place to celebrate our nation’s birthday.”

Formed in 1987 in Philadelphia, The Roots have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business. Recently, The Roots were named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling StoneThe group currently serves as the official house band on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” where they perform every Monday through Friday. This year’s guest artists will join The Roots on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a series of nonstop, electrifying performances, the release said.

Singer, songwriter, and producer Miguel spent a handful of years behind the scenes before he became one of pop-R&B's most significant artists. His first single "All I Want Is You," was a Top Ten hit on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart when it was released in 2010, and the album of the same title reached the Top Ten of the R&B Albums chart. Miguel’s second album, “Kaleidoscope Dream,” debuted in October 2012 and its lead single, "Adorn," became a Number One R&B single. Kaleidoscope Dream was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Urban Contemporary Album, while "Adorn" was nominated for three awards, including one it won, for Best R&B Song. The following year, the album's "How Many Drinks?" was nominated as well.

Jennifer Nettles is widely-known as the lead singer of the multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning country duo Sugarland. For more than a decade, the band enjoyed commercial success with the albums “Twice the Speed of Life,” “Enjoy the Ride,” “Love on the Inside” and “The Incredible Machine.” As a member of Sugarland, Nettles received a number of honors, including five ACM Awards, six CMA Awards and two Grammy Awards. In 2014, Nettles released her first solo album, “That Girl,” which featured the work of legendary producer Rick Rubin.

“For Wawa Welcome America! 2015, our biggest goal is to provide our guests with the best possible experience throughout all eight days of the festival,” Desiree Peterkin-Bell, city representative and executive director of Welcome America, Inc., said in the release. “We have some terrific events leading up to the Fourth of July, and the performers secured for the Philly 4th of July Jam will serve as the perfect ending to our celebrations.”

The 2015 festival calendar provides eight days of entertainment for Philadelphia residents and visitors alike from June 27 to July 4. This year’s schedule brings festival attendees free, family-friendly events in the days leading up to the Fourth of July, and will prove why Philadelphia is the best place to celebrate America’s birthday.

Other organizations and attractions will also host free events throughout the city during the festival week and even extending past the Fourth of July. The Wawa Welcome America! website plans to list these partner events. Wawa joined the festival as the title sponsor in 2010. For more information, visit or







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