Questlove of The Roots surprises Frenchmen Street teen bucket drummer with new drum set

May 1, 2017 | Updated: 5:33 p.m., May 1, 2017

NEW ORLEANS — Questlove of The Roots surprised a young New Orleans street drummer by the name of Darius Lindsley.  Lindsley plays buckets on Bourbon Street and Frenchmen Street to make money.

While in town for Jazz Fest, Questlove pulled up beside the young drummer and jammed out with him.  After the impromptu jam session, Questlove surprised him with a new drum set.

Rapper Common met Lindsley days before and posted a video of the jam session with Questlove on his Instagram:

Jazz Fest: A buffet for the belly – and the soul

Me and @blackthought couldn't resist and jumped in to perform with @d9rius & @questlove

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WGNO spoke with Darius Lindsley, who said he was extremely thankful and happy with the surprise gift! On his Instagram, the teen wrote, “Dreams do come true.”