The Roots will
host their Third Annual Jam Session and the crew is encouraging vocalists, musicians,
and aspiring artists to take part in the five-hour session Feb. 7 at Key Club
in West Hollywood, CA.
This year's gathering
will be hosted by Roots frontman Black Thought, comedian Dave Chappelle, and
actor Don Cheadle. The invitation-only event is presented by Dave Chappelle's
Block Party in association with Live for Darfur.
parties are a little too stuffy and are limited to performances by one or two
artists,” says Roots founder and drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson.
“We created this event in order to put the focus back on the music and
give major artists as well as new talent a chance to take part in a business
and musical exchange.”
guest list includes Jay-Z, Common, Will Smith, Mos Def, Will.I.Am, Talib Kweli
and Kanye West, among others. As with last year's session, the event will be
produced by Okayplayer.com,
Goodtime Girl Productions and Keldof Productions.
Live for Darfur,
co-chaired by Don Cheadle and Djimon Hounsou, is a worldwide campaign that rallies
high-profile artists to help raise awareness of the crisis in Darfur, Africa.
More information is available at www.savedarfur.org.