The Roots Host Third Annual Jam Session

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.

“Most industry

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.”

The anticipated

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,

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.

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