Luxetips Events! Annual Roots Jam Pre-Grammy’s Celebration
The Grammy’s will take place this Sunday night and Pre- Grammy’s celebrations are in full swing. In honor of the Grammy’s, today we have a guest post from Renee J. Ross from Cutiebootycakes. She attended the annual Roots Jam in L.A. featuring amazing artists! Read about her fab night below
I am here in sunny, fabulous and warm Los Angeles, a huge departure from the cold of the East coast that I am used to. The city is buzzing as pre-Grammy award parties abound. Artists from all of the country have descended and are sharing their talents with the Los Angelenos. Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the annual Roots Jam session sponsored by Martell and I was literally blown away by all of the talent in the room. The event was held at the Hotel Cafe and a select group of only 150 people were in attendance. Celebrities were in the crowd and of course on the stage!
The show opened with Seth of the Tonight Show, he was a total hoot and made us all laugh with his antics and rendition of the Wonder Woman song. When he disrobed and had on a Wonder Woman outfit, I nearly fell on the floor, it was all in good fun and the first act was Lola Wolf with lead vocalist Zoe Kravitz. This young woman is not only gorgeous but has a great voice too!
The Roots graced the stage next and as usual they killed it! After performing a few of their songs they called out a special guest to the stage, Queen Latifah! She blessed us with a rendition of UNITY that moved the crowd. It was great to see the Queen in all of her glory back to her rapping roots.
Nick Jonas was a surprise guest and the crowd loved his crooning. It was great to see him perform and witness his evolution as a solo artist.
Next up was inspirational rapper LeCrae he is an Atlanta homie that I have the pleasure of knowing personally. This Grammy nominated artist is both humble and extraordinarily talented, a brilliant mix in the fast paced life of being a public persona. He rocked the stage and had the crowd begging for more.
Philly MC Meek Mill slayed it. It was obvious that he was happy to be back on stage (he noted that this was his first performance since being incarcerated) and his lyrical freestyle was bananas! His political storytelling about the police, relationships and prison was so moving. I was not familiar with him before last night but he has a new fan in me.
I was thrilled when Jamie Fox came out and jammed with the Roots singing his classic Blame it on the Alcohol. He was funny and witty as ever and his singing was of course, great.
Next we were treated to some old school music from Kool and the Gang. They started their set with Summer Madness and everyone in the house was swaying to the sounds. You know a group is legendary when they’ve been around since the 1960s and continue to move fans both new and old.
One of my all time favorite artists Bilal graced the stage. His fantastic range and musicality really are amazing. In his singing you can hear the influence of my absolute favorite musician, Prince and just seeing Bilal brought a smile to my face.
The show closed out with the talented Liv Warfield. She has a tremendous voice and an undeniably larger than life stage presence. The Roots really outdid themselves with the lineup. Although I’ve never attended a Roots Jam in the past, I can tell you that I hope to return to Los Angeles next year to see the artists that jam with them. It was a fun filled event that left me wanting for more!