One of the biggest/nuttiest Prince fans around, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots has agreed to helm the after-party for the Revolution reunion and benefit show Feb. 19 at First Avenue. The drummer and leader of the "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" house band will be DJ-ing in the main room following the performance by Prince's "Purple Rain"-era band. Tickets ($10) are on sale now and will go toward the same heart organizations as the Revolution's so-called "Benefit 2 Celebrate Life."
Revolution drummer Bobby Z, whose rebound from a near-fatal heart attack in 2010 spawned this first-ever local reunion of the band, said Questlove has been a longtime friend and wanted to take part in some way. "He kept in close contact even when I was in the hospital," Bobby said. They have been talking about the DJ stint since October, but Questo only just cleared his schedule last week. One more reason to clear your own schedule on Feb. 19.