Questlove spins at Dreamland Sunday night

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson mixed old school swing, 90's hip-hop, and 80's pop during his show Sunday night. — Photo by Michelle Williams

In downtown Oak Bluffs the sound of booming bass could be heard from the street while Questlove performed at Dreamland on Sunday night, Aug. 26.

Ahmir Thompson, who performs as Questlove, played a four-hour set while 200 to 250 people listened and danced in the 5,300-square-foot club.

Questlove became well known as the drummer in the Grammy Award winning group The Roots. Known for mixing traditional hip-hop sounds with live instrumental performances, The Roots has performed since 1987, and has been the house band on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon since 2009.

On Sunday, Questlove traded his drumsticks for a turntable and laptop and performed as a DJ.

Though The Roots is known for mixing jazz and hip-hop, Questlove went beyond the two genres. He shifted from the Jackson 5’s “ABC” to 80’s hit “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Though unexpected, the eclectic mix got the crowd dancing.

During his first trip to the Island, Questlove visited Inkwell Beach, tried lobster ice cream at Ben and Bill’s Chocolate Emporium, and ate clam chowder at Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company in Oak Bluffs, according to his Twitter account.