Questlove & D'Angelo "Brothers In Arms" Show - Philadelphia, July 3rd 2013

Sandra Baptista

by Sandra Baptista

Published July 8, 2013

Questlove was back in Philly last week, as most know, for the third annual 4th of July Jam, billed as the “largest free concert in America” featuring The Roots, Jill Scott, Grace Potter, John Mayer, J. Cole, and Ne-Yo televised nationally on VH1, streaming online here at Zumic and produced by Live Nation. In a lead-up to the 4th of July Jam, Questlove jammed at Philly’s Theatre of Living Arts on July 3rd with the other half of the former SoulQuarians, his brother in Soul D’Angelo.

As reported by Billboard, the set started with the duo playing Gang Starr’s 1992 “Ex Girl to the Next Girl” which morphed into a remix of D’Angelo’s hit debut “Brown Sugar”. They continued a seamless, soulful jam session covering Sly & The Family Stone’s 1971 “You Caught Me Smilin”, followed by Prince’s 1985 “Pop Life”, and “Fantastic” by Slum Village. Commenting on the set Questlove said, “We definitely want to pay respect to the greats”.

The “Brothers In Arms” live performance that is Questlove and D’Angelo played at Brooklyn Bowl earlier this year and more recently at the First Avenue Mainroom in Minneapolis on June 23rd. The live performances are building the anticipation for D’Angelo’s upcoming album which Questlove is producing. The album has been almost finished for the past year according to Questlove, whenever he's been asked. The crowd in Philly heard no new material. Based on the positive reaction and massive encore request as D'Angelo and Questlove left the stage, the fans do want more. It feels like we have a funky and soulful future together. Let's keep this To Be Continued...


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