More than just a heady musician and drummer, Ahmir Khalib Thompson, better known as Questlove turns 50 years old today. The backbone to Philadelphia hip-hop and neo-soul band, The Roots, Questlove finds himself these days as part of the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC alongside The Roots, oftentimes partaking in some of the night’s comedic sketches. Proving to not be a one-trick pony, in 2013, he released his memoirs entitled Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove, an exceptional piece of work that combines both auto-biographical anecdotes as well as Questlove’s interpretations and critiques of the history of modern hip hop and pop.
In celebration of Questlove’s birthday today, we take a look at several appearances Questlove has made at the Brooklyn Bowl over the years, including performances with Soulive, D’Angelo, Elvis Costello, Galactic, Anders Osborne, George Porter Jr., The Shady Horns, and more.
“Wanton Song” > “Trampled Under Foot” with Bustle In Your Hedgerow – 8/12/11
“Hip Hug Her” with Galactic and Eric Krasno – 6/23/11
“Lady” with D’Angelo – 3/4/13
“I Want You” with Elvis Costello – 9/16/13
“Africa” with Soulive, Anders Osborne, George Porter, Jr. & The Shady Horns – 3/19/15