Keys, Kracker, Bacon, Seagal To Play Benefit

Newcomers Alicia Keys and Uncle Kracker will join a pair of actors-turned-musicians at the Aug. 29 Charity Jam benefit at the Hard Rock Cafe in Universal City, Calif. Along with performances by Keys a

Newcomers Alicia Keys and Uncle Kracker will join a pair of actors-turned-musicians at the Aug. 29 Charity Jam benefit at the Hard Rock Cafe in Universal City, Calif. Along with performances by Keys and Kracker, the event will feature the Bacon Brothers (actor Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael), and a band fronted by actor Steven Seagal.

Proceeds from the Charity Jam will benefit Best Buddies, an organization that helps people with developmental disabilities. The event is sponsored by the Hollywood Charities Foundation. For ticket information, contact (310) 274-4344 or Ticketmaster.

The event falls in the midst of a brief Bacon Brothers West Coast tour that will last through a Sept. 3 appearance at the Sausalito (Calif.) Arts Festival, to be followed by a slate of East Coast dates. The group is out in support of its third album, "Can't Complain," released in June via the Rounder-affiliated independent label Zoe. For more information on the album and tour, visit the band's official Web site.

As previously reported, Seagal has been working on his debut album in Kingston, Jamaica, with Wyclef Jean handling production. According to the actor's official Web site, the set will feature guest appearances by Leon Russell and Aaron Neville, among others.

Seagal is also scheduled to perform during the third annual Sashi concert Aug. 26 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, to benefit the Mona Rehab Children's Charity. Sean Combs, Tyrese, and Carl Thomas are also involved, according to the event's official Web site. The concert caps five days of activities in Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.

Keys recently debuted on top of The Billboard 200 with her J Records debut "Songs in A Minor." The album is currently at No. 3 in its sixth week on the chart. Uncle Kracker's "Double Wide" (Top Dog/Lava/Atlantic) peaked at No. 7 on The Billboard 200, and is currently resting at No. 54 in its 31st week on the tally.