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Dave Chappelle Recruits the Roots, Janelle Monae for Radio City Shows

DJ Premier, Busta Rhymes and Erykah Badu will also perform during three-night stint

Dave Chappelle performs in Mountain View, California.
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May 28, 2014 11:00 AM ET

It's been a decade since Dave Chappelle held his legendary Brooklyn Block Party (captured on the 2005 film directed by Michel Gondry), performing stand-up alongside music from a who's who of neo-soul and hip-hop artists. And with the 10th anniversary of that event approaching, Chappelle will be resurrecting that dual format for a three-date run of performances at Radio City Music Hall, from June 24th to 26th, accompanied by the Roots, Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes and DJ Premier – along with a full orchestra. Full details are available at the Radio City website.

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The three-night stint will kick off on the 24th with a performance by the Roots, with the 25th including Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier and Monáe. Badu will finish out the run with a set on the 26th. More guests are expected to be announced. A ticket pre-sale for American Express Card Members will begin on Thursday, May 29th at 10 a.m. EST until June 1st at 10 p.m. EST; general public tickets – starting at $79.50 – will be available at Ticketmaster starting Monday, June 2nd at 10 a.m. EST. 

These shows will follow Chappelle's sold-out five-night stand-up stint at Radio City, which runs from June 18th to June 22nd, but will not feature any musical guests. 

Badu and the Roots are both Chappelle veterans. Both acts played the comedian's 2004 Block Party and appeared as musical guests on Chappelle's Show during its acclaimed run on Comedy Central. (Roots drummer Questlove even appeared alongside John Mayer during a hilarious sketch in the show's second season.)

Chappelle returned to the stand-up circuit in 2013, delighting his rabid fanbase after having spent several years away from the comedy world.

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