Questlove to Headline Innovation Live Kickoff Party

Questlove during the 2016 BET Experience
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Questlove of The Roots performs onstage during The Novo Late Night concert during the 2016 BET Experience on June 25, 2016 in Los Angeles.

With the 2016 election a few calendar flips away, the Republic and Democratic National Conventions will bring the party to Cleveland and Philadelphia, respectively, this month. 

Innovation Live, a platform that aims to merge the worlds of technology and politics through a series of music shows, panels and events at the national conventions, has tapped esteemed DJ/producer Questlove to hold down the tunes at their kickoff party this Sunday (July 17). Quest will host a 10 p.m. set at Cleveland's historic Tequila Ranch for the event, sponsored by Snoop Dogg's cannabis-centered media platform Merry Jane, the University of Pennsylvania, My Democracy among others

A rep for Innovation Live tells Billboard that the event is in no way affiliated or endorsed by The RNC and that Questlove happened to coincidentally be in town during the same time period. Questlove also does not endorse The RNC. 

Watch Questlove's Billboard Music Awards Tribute to Prince

Apart from serving as The Roots' bandleader on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the music savant born Ahmir Thompson released the foodie-centric book Somethingtofoodabout in April. 

Other happenings include conversation around innovation and public policy at Cleveland's Drop Bar from 12 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday (July 21), as well as the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday (July 26) and Thursday (July 28) from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

The Democratic National Convention runs from July 25-28 while the Republican National Convention will take place from July 18-21. 



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