George Clinton and Bilal, photo by Vickey Ford for Okayplayer + Sneakshot
Featuring Gary Clark Jr., Tori Kelly, Andra Day, John Legend, Lenny Kravitz, Leon Bridges, Alessia Cara, George Clinton & Much More
2016 marked the 10th year of Roots Jam Sessions, the super-exclusive musical fiesta that touches down in Hollywood smack in the middle of awards season (The Grammys, The Oscars, etc.). It’s that magical time of year when star talent converges on LA and "The Roots and Special Guests" means almost anything could happen--the only guarantee is that it will represent the best of the best in the world of music.
Sponsored by Beats By Dre, Serato, and Martell Cognac the sessions were held in Hollywood at an intimate venue that has a capacity of just about 200 persons. For three consecutive nights, guests were treated to earcandy from a plethora of their faves and ours. Some of our breakout performances so far, include Alessia Cara's "Here"; Moses Sumney's "Say Yes"; Tori Kelly's "Butterflies"; Andra Day's Kendrick Lamar cover, and last but certainly not least-funky, Lenny Kravitz reprising his monster hit "Are You Gonna Go My Way" in an extended Roots-assisted live version.
Okayplayer TV has a full highlight video--narrated by OKP founder Questlove--of all the performers over the course of three days including...(drum roll, please): Gary Clark Jr., Tori Kelly, Bilal, Tinashe, Jeremih, Andra Day, John Legend, Lenny Kravitz, Lianne La Havas, Leon Bridges, Alessia Cara, J Angel, Kehlani, Bibi Bourelly, Nelly, George Clinton, Lil Dicky, Yuna, Freddie Gibbs, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jazmine Sullivan, Tish Hyman, and, of course, the legendary Roots Crew. It all seemed like a dream, to think that all of these artists graced the stage in one venue, in one long weekend. The vibe was so electric, with the crowd kept on their toes between sets. "Who will be next?" we kept asking ourselves, and with each new guest, the surprise turned into excitement, and then pure energy that exuded from set to set.
OKP TV’s Full Highlights Video Of The Roots Jam Session 2016
Additional Roots Jam Session Videos