Show Recap: Questlove at Ankh’s 7th Anniversary Celebration
August 15, 2011
Long nights are not a big deal for Questlove and the Roots. In 2009 once, I saw The Roots do a solid two hour performance sometime after midnight in the Highline Auditorium in Manhattan after rushing back from a show at Madison Square Garden, where they opened for Dave Matthews. And before that, they just finished taping Jimmy Fallon–three shows in a day, not counting whatever rehearsal time they had in the morning. So for Quest to come to San Francisco, perform a just-before-dusk set at Outside Lands outdoors, then coming back to do a DJ set at Public Works for nearly five hours, might just seem mildly taxing in comparison. The amazing part, however, is he went on from 10:30pm to 3am, past the usual San Francisco 2am curfew, when the entirely packed and constantly-kinetic dance floor dwindled to a handful of people who somehow managed to keep dancing.
Saturday night also brought The Black Keys, who also finished their set at Outside Lands, and Kamal Grey and Frankie Knuckles from the Roots, who all had their time on stage. Camp Lo’s DJ Mark Divita warmed the stage and kept the party moving upstairs in the second room. Overall, it was a successful night for the people of Ankh, who celebrated their seventh anniversary that night.