Howard Gilman Opera House
Friday, April 20
Better than: Celebrating "4/20."
Questlove's "Shuffle Culture" eventat which ten or so musical acts performed a handful of songs each, but never more than one at a time, as if the set list itself were on shufflewas at once strange and familiar. On one level, the premise was anticipatory, predicting a future where concertgoers won't have the time or patience for a low-concept, single-band show. On the other, one could see the evening's roots: in the mixtape, the DJ set, the all-star benefit concert, the R&B revue. And it was this marriage of old and newanalog and digitalthat permeated the night, a constant reminder that, as Q-Tip famously told his daddy, things go in cycles.More »