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The Roots, Common, Dead Prez and Mos Def are among the artists slated to head out on the road in October and November as part of an Okayplayer tour that also will feature Dilated Peoples, Talib Kweli, DJ Hi-Tek, Jill Scott, Jaguar and Bilal Oliver.
According to tour organizers, each of the three-hour shows will be built around a jam session in which the Roots will provide the musical accompaniment, while each of the other acts performs its own respective material or collaborates with other performers on the bill.
The outing takes its name from okayplayer.com, the online community that plays host to the likes of the Roots, Common, D'Angelo and others. In the spirit of the Web site, the tour will include an interactive element featuring activity stations set up with laptop computers and community-based educational information.
The itinerary is being hammered out, although the tour is tentatively slated to play at least 20 cities during its two-month run, including stops in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, as well as a host of college towns.
Elon Johnson, with additional reporting by David Basham