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D’Angelo and ?uestlove are Brothers In Arms on the night before the 4th of July

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The unique musical kinship of Michael Eugene Archer and Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson can be traced back to an ages-ago incident when, during a Roots set when they opened for the Fugees and Archer, aka D’Angelo, was in the crowd, ?uestlove turned a drum solo he always performed into a percussive SOS in the name of Prince. See, ?uest had inadvertently thrown some shade at D’Angelo when they first met, Thompson being a self-professed R&B snob and all. Then he listened to D’s record, at which point he kicked himself and thought, I gotta fix this.

That he did—and, thankfully, they’ve been jamming ever since, sometimes on stage, sometimes in the studio and sometimes at big blowout festivals like Bonnaroo. Last year, the duo sold out the Brooklyn Bowl as Brothers in Arms, a slow-building voyage that wandered through, primarily, D’Angelo content, with his soulful falsetto and funktastic keys manipulation getting perfectly cribbed by ?uest keeping time. And really, it makes perfect sense when you think about it. Can’t you just hear ?uestlove’s drums lifting up gems like “Lady” and “Brown Sugar”? We all know that ?uest’s an exceptionally busy man, so we’re pleased as punch that he and D were able to squeeze a pre-4th TLA gig into their schedules. No doubt it’ll sell out too—if it hasn’t by press time.

11pm. $35. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. TLAphilly.com.

Plus, there’s this that happened once upon a time:

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