Questlove cancels, reconfirms appearance at Bucks County’s ‘Best Prom in America’

Roots co-founder Questlove will be in Bucks County this weekend to make an appearance at what has been called the “Best Prom in America,” after all.

The Philly native and Tonight Show bandleader earlier this week was forced to cancel an appearance at Pennsbury High School’s senior prom, which is set to take place Saturday, according to CBS3. Following Questo’s cancelation, Pennsbury School District communications coordinator Ann Langtry told the station that the school was “pursuing alternative arrangements” for the evening.

“Despite receiving an email on Wednesday from his representatives about technology concerns, we reassured them that we were prepared to fulfill all contractual obligations and have Questlove join our students at the ‘Best Prom in America,’” Langtry said. “We are now actively pursuing alternative arrangements for our students to enjoy the spectacular evening they deserve.”

However, the Roots percussionist apparently had a change of heart, and informed students via social media today that after “adjusting some things,” he’d be at the prom.

#BestPromInAmerica not that i believe in using social media as a means to primarily communicate. but let me assure you that (con't)

— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) May 19, 2017

#BestPromInAmerica i have adjusted "some things" (in case you were wondering these things were of a serious unavoidable matter)

— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) May 19, 2017

#BestPromInAmerica and i will stick to my word and dj your prom sat night (specifically speaking to @pennsburyprom)

— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) May 19, 2017

What those “things” were remains unclear, but either way, Questo says he’ll be in Bucks for the event, which Readers Digest called the “Best Prom in America” back in 2012. The school has become known for attracting high-profile guests for the dance, which have included performers like John Mayer, Asher Roth, and Maroon 5.

This year’s prom features a theme dubbed “Yo Philly,” and costs $100 per student. The prom will be help in the Pennsbury High School gym in Fairless Hills.

Following Questlove’s cancelation of the event, folks expressed their disappointment to the musician on social media:

Yo @questlove, what up with the #Pennsbury prom, Big Dog? #BestPromInAmerica and peeps are saying you were booked and paid, then bailed???

— Mike Materacky A2D (@BigMikeySmallz) May 19, 2017

@questlove Why did you bail from the Pennsbury #bestprominamerica ? Maybe not the most glamorous gig but you committed to it.

— cat (@cat1725) May 19, 2017

@questlove man I used to love you. Not cool what you did to Pennsbury Prom #ReturnTheMoola #QuestloveToProm

— beyoncé is overrated (@Fenn27B) May 19, 2017

@jimmyfallon please get @questlove to attend Pennsbury's prom. Or if you and @jtimberlake want to come this teacher wouldn't mind.

— nlyons (@natt1229) May 19, 2017

@questlove why are you backing out of Pennsbury prom? Can you get a friend to play, help the kids out? #BestPromInTheCountry #PennsburyProm

— Clayton H (@ClayBonics) May 19, 2017

However, as publicist Carleen Donovan told the Trentonian in an email, “He is doing it. The show is back on!” Enjoy the dance, Pennsbury seniors.

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