One of the most exciting weekends of the year for music fans— the weekend of the Grammy’s— just got even better! The legendary live band The Roots will be playing their annual Jam Session on Friday, February 12th, and they will be joined by Jimmy Fallon, who will host the event. Fallon and The Roots are already a team, of course, as The Roots are the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
The Jam Session will benefit OpportunityNation, whose focus is to “refresh and rebuild the American Dream” by providing a voice for the people to be heard by leaders on local and national levels. The charity is a sibling of sorts to the Michelle Obama-backed ServiceNation, as both were launched by Be The Change.
Fallon is in good company as the host of the event, as past hosts include Don Cheadle, John Legend, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Dave Chappelle. Past performers and attendees of the event include Jay-Z, Norah Jones, CeeLo, Prince, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Black Eyed Peas, Beyoncé, Mos Def, and many more.
It’s great to see these guys putting such an amazing event together, and to have the late-night team performing together for charity. Plus, Fallon and The Roots probably put together a much cooler, hipper show than David Letterman and Paul Schaffer. Just sayin’.