In case you’ve been Rip Van Winkled these last few weeks, The Roots are playing the Miller Lite Oasis at Summerfest this Friday, July 4. But even bigger is the news that, afterward, drummer Amhir “?uestlove” Thompson will be doing a DJ set at Stonefly (735 E. Center St. / Milwaukee).
Uh, what? For real? YES, for real.
For the uninitiated, this is a pretty special event. Kind of like when Kraftwerk chose Milwaukee as one of only four cities it was performing in this past year. Only for Hip-hop. Thomspon’s rubbed musical elbows with everyone from J Dilla and Jay-Z (the recorded an entire “Unplugged” album together), to John Paul Jones (watch this) and Al Green (he produced Green’s latest album– one of the best Green’s recorded in years). He also has a tendency to share tales online of both his unique international crate digging finds, and MP3s of projects that either haven’t yet happened, or never will. (*cough* D’Angelo’s third album *cough*).
Tickets are $15, while they last. Element Everest and Sose will be your hosts for the evening, and the ubiquitous Kid Cut Up opens up on the turntables. The show starts at 10 p.m., so if you’re smart, you’ll get there as soon as humanly possible.