TL:DR - It's not always a good idea to dance in the rain if that rain is purple.
Was hype to go see Questlove tear it down at the Loft last WKND. I bought my tix over a month in advance, which I hardly ever do for anything.
WERC crew kicked things off right with a set that had the energy up and everybody dancing. By the time Questlove came out the place was packed, but it was clear his heart was heavy.
He quickly grabbed the mic to say a few words (the only time he actually spoke all night) about Prince's influence on the culture and asked that we help him get through the night by dancing and celebrating his life together to which we all agreed.
But less than 15 minutes into his set, it was clear to everyone in the room that, after having just finished playing drums with The Roots band at 420 Fest, he was both physically and emotionally exhausted.
What followed was about 90 mins of running through as many Prince songs as possible (all playing for about 20 - 30 seconds each b4 coldly transitioning to the next classic). The room tried to dance it out and feed off the energy of the music, but as time passed it felt less like a dance party and more like a group therapy session in which you could hear multiple strangers commenting on how they were still in disbelief that Prince was gone.
Quest wasn't into it. The room slowly started to thin out and by the time his set finished, 80% of the people had left.
I felt like Saturday was one of the realist displays of how big of an impact Prince has had on our culture and, as more stories continue to come to light about the person he was, you can't help but feel the loss regardless of your connection to the music.
The night ended with Questlove silently leaving the stage as the music faded. "Rock with You" by Michael Jackson began playing over the loud speakers to signal that the night was over and ironically, some people started dancing again on their way out. It was like nobody could deal with hearing anymore Prince at the moment.
I look forward to a time when we can collectively move out of this period of shock and be able to celebrate Prince's genius from a place of pure joy.