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MusicTown: Wolf Howls and Drum Solos at the Kimmel Center.

April 17, 2011

Tonight, the crowd at the Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center witnessed possibly the longest drum solo the Center has yet to experience thanks to ?uestlove’s collaborative composition: Philly-Paris Lockdown.

With ?uestlove’s encouragement, the audience also gave their best wolf howl for the renowned Philly artist.

Paris Lockdown was arranged by Philly’s own Larry Gold along with composer Daniel Felsenfeld.

?uestlove, the drummer for the The Roots, shared the stage with a small orchestral ensemble, saxophonist David Murray (whom ?uestlove hailed as “The new Coltrane”), and Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle from Brooklyn’s Dirty Projectors.

Paris Lockdown was the vividly emotional depiction of The Roots emergence in Paris, shortly after Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994, ?uestlove explained.

Keren Ann, the featured French vocalist,  painted the uncertain landscape of The Roots experience in Paris. ?uestlove recounted The Roots living gig-to-gig and simply trying to survive while dealing with complete abandonment at the same time.

?uestlove didn’t miss the chance to show off his groovy drum skills, as the piece came to a close with an epic drum solo from The Roots drummer.  The performance was rewarded with a standing ovation.

?uestlove waved from behind his fire-truck red drum set and flashed a large, jolly grin.

Paris Lockdown was immediately followed by a Post-Show party in the Perelman Theater.  The party featured none other than ?uestlove himself spinning in honor of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.  ?uestlove was joined by local favorites DJ AfroDJiak and Rich Medina as they blew the roof off the Perelman Theater.

– Text and bottom image by Megan Matuzak. Top image of ?uestlove by Sarah Hull.

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