DJ & Dance

DJ ?uestlove

When: Thu., March 15, 9 p.m. 2012

In addition to being a prodigious Twitter user and drummer for hip-hop band The Roots, ?uestlove is also well-established as a DJ. His specialty is creating narratives and propelling themes through mixes, such as the seamless Seventies-era soul soundtrack he wove on his 2002 album Babies Making Babies. The idea, it seemed, was to mix cloying pop songs like Deniece Williams' "That's What Friends Are For" with genuinely gorgeous serenades -- e.g., the opener "Quiet Storm" by Smokey Robinson. He also made a sequel to Babies called Misery Strikes, which projected a somewhat dismal view of relationships (songs included Al Green's "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" and The Delfonics' "I'm Sorry"), though it also revealed ?uestlove's snide sense of humor. Well-respected in the jazz, soul, and hip-hop worlds, he'll deliver what's sure to be a rousing set this Friday, Mar. 16, at The Independent (628 Divisadero St., San Francisco). Co-sponsored by Ankh Marketing and Another Planet Entertainment, the show also features DJ Mark DiVita. 9 p.m., $30.

Rachel Swan

Price: $30

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