On Wednesday, July 3, at 9:45 p.m., The Roots will perform at the BMO Harris Pavilion during Summerfest 2019. It’ll be a great show. Then, immediately following the set, Roots drummer Questlove will race over to The Cooperage for a special DJ appearance. It’ll be a great show, too.

Questlove’s appearance will be presented by Milwaukee Film’s Black Lens initiative, as part of its Groove Theory program. DJ Bizzon and Dope Folks Records will play in support. Tickets are $12 for Black Lens Council members (available now), $15 in advance for Milwaukee Film members (available June 5), $15 in advance for the general public (available June 7), and $17 at the door (good luck). More info can be found HERE. (Not a Black Lens member? Sign up HERE.)

Here’s a press release:

Black Lens, a core initiative of Milwaukee Film, has secured DJ Questlove to perform at this year’s Groove Theory event on Wednesday, July 3, at 10 p.m. at The Cooperage.

A signature Black Lens series, Groove Theory celebrates Black arts and culture through musical performance. Past events blended film and music with a showcase of classic Black movie soundtracks and biographical films.

Best known as the co-founder and drummer of hip-hop/neo-soul group The Roots, Ahmir Khalib Thompson—known professionally as Questlove—is also a celebrated cultural commentator and music journalist, writing extensively on the evolving role of the arts in American culture. He is the musical director for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” where his Roots crew serves as house band. The 4-time GRAMMY Award winning musician is also a co-producer for the Broadway musical “Hamilton.”

Past music credits include producing for artists such as Eminem, Elvis Costello, Common, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Jay-Z, Nikka Costa, and more recently, Al Green, Amy Winehouse, and John Legend.

“We’re thrilled to welcome a nationally recognized artist like Questlove to our Groove Theory event this summer,” said Geraud Blanks, Black Lens director for Milwaukee Film. “This is an incredible opportunity for more of our community to see the scope of what Milwaukee Film does and its commitment to diverse voices through programs like Black Lens.”

In partnership with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, The Cooperage and Step Up World, the DJ Questlove show follows The Roots’ Summerfest performance. Opening DJ sets are from DJ Bizzon and Dope Folks Records.

Tickets go on sale for Black Lens Council members on Wednesday, May 22, through the Milwaukee Film website at mkefilm.org/questlove. As available, tickets will open to Milwaukee Film members on Wednesday, June 5, and to the public on Friday, June 7. Tickets are $12 for Black Lens Council members, $15 in advance and $17 at the door. Limited tickets are available.

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