If you've somehow missed attending one of Brooklyn Bowl's weekly parties, July 10 should be thrice-marked in your calendar. Advertised as the "most searched Google term in the NY metro area in 2011," Brooklyn Bowl is a 23,000 square-foot venue with 16 bowling alleys and 10 Brooklyn-brewed beers on tap.
Boasting appearances by former president Bill Clinton, ex-NY major Michael Bloomberg and a surprise show by Kanye West, the Bowl has been home to some memorable moments, including this anniversary event. The bowling alley-bar-restaurant-concert venue hybrid is famous for hosting some of the coolest events in all genres, including salsa, psychedelic rock, classic rock, mariachi, reggae and drum & bass. Thursday nights at the Bowl are emblematic of that aural diversity, mostly because the walking encyclopedia of all-things music is at the helm.
For the last five years, Brooklyn Bowl has been home to Bowl Train, a DJ-based dance-party event led by the musical selections of ?uestlove with a name cheekily derived from the ubiquitously classic television program, "Soul Train." Bowl Trainers can dance, bowl, eat, drink and party alongside the superstar DJ all while listening to impeccably curated tunes. ?
DJ ?uestlove (pronounced Questlove) began his musical career in South Philadelphia, where he became the drummer and DJ for arguably the greatest hip-hop band of all time, the Roots. As their popularity began to grow, so did ?uest's list of professions. He can be described not only as a drummer and DJ, but also a music journalist, college professor, bandleader, record producer, actor, associate producer, songwriter, author, shoe designer and even a dead body on "Law & Order." His encyclopedic knowledge of music was put to the test (which he passed, duh) when he taught a course titled "Classic Albums" at New York University. Quest has risen from the subterranean South Philadelphia music scene into the living room of millions of Americans, as the co-leader of Jimmy Fallon's house band, along with Roots front-man Black Thought. Now one of the most recognizable personalities in American media, ?uestlove remains humble and accessible enough to return to the Brooklyn Bowl every Thursday to serve up hours-long sets of music spanning eras, genres, tempos, and countries.
Although Bowl Train occurs weekly and never disappoints, this particular installment is being marketed as a special five-hour event, with a cover charge of only $5 and Brooklyn Brewery selections for the same price. Doors open at 6pm for this 21+ event, allowing guests to get all the bowling and eating in before ?uestlove starts his 9 p.m. show. The Brooklyn Bowl is located at 61 Wythe Ave. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For more information, including tickets, click here.