Dan Gross: Roots to tune up July 4 again

Posted: April 12, 2011

THIRD TIME is a charm. The Roots will again perform at the annual July 4 Wawa Welcome America! festival on the Parkway.

Mayor Nutter and city and festival representatives will announce the musical guests this morning at 10:30 at City Hall and we're told Roots leaders Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter will attend the announcement to reveal who will perform with them at the show.

The festival will also include a concert with Aaron Neville and Gerald Veasley at Penn's Landing, among its several days of programming.

The Roots performed the past two years on July 4, first opening for Sheryl Crow, then for the Goo Goo Dolls. If you can't wait until July 4, the group will again host the Roots Picnic, on June 4 at the Festival Pier at Penn's Landing. The ticketed concert features more than a dozen acts including Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Man Man, the Dismemberment Plan, and Esperanza Spalding, who became an enemy of Justin Bieber fans after being honored as best new artist at the Grammy Awards.

Tickets are on sale now.

Charles Dutton filming here

Actor Charles Dutton is in town through April 21 starring in and directing "Must Be the Music," a film he also wrote. The "Roc" and "Get on the Bus" actor plays a recording-studio mogul named Big Mike Watson in the hip-hop murder mystery. Tariq Trotter and fellow rappers Jadakiss, Trina and Ms. Jade, and singer Pleasure P are also among co-stars as is Lisa Wu, formerly of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." "Bad Girls Club" cast mate Cat Washington, in the news recently for a few scrapes with the law, also appears in the film, which is shooting for a few days at Sigma Sound (212 N. 12th), which recently added a soundstage to the famed long-running recording studio.

In other movie matters

* Brian Anthony Wilson, who played

the detective on Bradley Cooper's trail in "Limitless," is shooting a short film, "This Man's Life," for writer/director Tom Walton. The film, co-starring Matthew Nadu, has been shooting around Upper Darby, Walton's hometown, including a scene at Busty's Tavern (8013 West Chester Pike) a few nights ago.

* Cast and crew from Kennedy Kenrick

and Penn State grad Sean Kirkpatrick's "Cost of a Soul" attended the local premiere of the film, part of the Philly CineFest, Sunday night at the Ritz East (125 Sansom). Kirkpatrick shot the film last year about two Iraq war veterans returning to their tough neighborhood around North Philadelphia, with a $100,000 budget. It recently won the Relativity Media's Rogue and AMC Theatres Big Break Movie Contest and will be released nationwide on 50 screens on May 20.

The Countess coming Saturday

"Money can't buy you class," as Countess LuAnn de Lesseps sang, but it can buy you accessories at the new Jewelbilee location at the Metroplex in Plymouth Meeting, where, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, the "Real Housewives of New York" star signs copies of her book "Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair." For more info, visit jewelbilee.com.

Model drops $$$ in A.C. (This story has been changed; the corrected text is below.)

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model Irina Shayk spent nearly $10,000 on an 18 karat white-gold pendant Saturday night at the Hearts On Fire boutique at the Water Club in Atlantic City, where she hosted a party at mur.mur in the adjacent Borgata. Shayk dined at chef Michael Schulson's Izakaya before her club gig and in the morning got massages for herself and her mother at the Water Club's Immersion Spa.

Dr. Oz's family ties

Dr. Oz had a good reason to speak Saturday at Temple University's Lemole Integrative Medicine Lecture Series: Dr. Gerald Lemole is his father-in-law. Oz, a Penn grad, credits Lemole with his interest in complementary medicine, since he studied with him long before Oz married Lemole's daughter Lisa.

Oz's lecture "It's All About You," covered the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Besides his TV show, which airs on CBS3 at 9 a.m. weekdays, Oz is vice chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University.

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