DJ Questlove gave Miami a spoonful of almost a century’s worth of music on Aug. 19, 2013 in the courtyard of the speak-easy inspired bar, Blackbird Ordinary. Best known as the drummer of Philadelphia’s hip-hop/neo soul band, The Roots, Questlove didn’t waste any time educating the audience about the evolution of music since the 1930s.
This should come as no surprise considering he refers to himself on Twitter as, “your favorite twitterer’s favorite music snob.” Nonetheless, Questlove’s image stays true to his ‘roots’ as he appeared on stage with a green animated tee embossed with “Community,” accompanied by a signature comb pick to tame his fro.
It seems that catching a DJ set from Questlove is somewhat of a rarity for Miami music lovers, as they appeared to not know what to expect. Questlove had to croon within 15 minutes of mixing that, “It’s time to get some drinks and socialize -- I’m not doing a drum solo here!”
As he embarked on a 5 hour set, Questlove went easy on the crowd at first by featuring snippets of songs from the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Outkast, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and more.
Once everyone was in their melodic comfort zone, Questlove began to throw some curve balls by interspersing the oldies. Just to make sure the crowd was still with him, he asked the audience during Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” if they knew who was singing. Moreover, the crowd was more responsive than ever when tracks such as “Rock (We’re Gonna)” by Billy Haley & His Comets and “Rockin’ Robin” by Michael Jackson came on.
Being that the crowd only grew larger as the night went on, people on the streets must have overheard Questlove’s distinguished ‘turntablism’ echoing onto the streets. To put it best, Questlove did a great job at honoring his musical influences and the artists who continue to evolve each genre of music throughout the years.