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      June 24, 2018

      Sunday   7:00 PM

      815 V St NW
      Washington, District of Columbia 20001

      Rare Essence

      with Small Upsetters
      Rare Essence, Washingtons premier Go Go band going on four decades has built a devoted fan base that spans multiple generations. Originated in the mid 70s by the late Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown, Go-Go links songs together over percussion breakdownsa raw, non-stop party groove fueled by congas, cowbells and timbales, with call and response interactions that obliterated divisions between a band that doesn't stop playing and audience that won't stop dancing. Rare Essence has always been the citys most popular and enduring Go-Go band. Formed by four students at a Southeast Washington Catholic school during the mid-70s, the band was kept on track by several no-nonsense moms and mentored by the late Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown. Rare Essence quickly developed into the citys most powerful Go-Go band, performing six to seven nights a week. They have performed with Run DMC, LL Cool J, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Ice Cube, Heavy D and the Boyz, Wu Tang Clan, Redman and Method Man, French Montana, Scarface, TLC, Eric B and Rakim, YoYo, Shabba Ranks, The Roots, KRS-1 not to mention Chuck Brown, Trouble Funk, The Junk Yard Band, & EU. While no two shows are alike, music lovers new to the Go-Go experience and Rare Essence sound will quickly feel at ease among an allegiance of loyal fans chanting along to hits like Lock It, One On One, Hey Buddy Buddy, and the ever popular Overnight Scenario, which is covered by Fantasia all over the country. In a review of the bands 30th Anniversary show, The Washington Post Pop Critic Writer Chris Richards wrote, this band has performed more than 5000 times. Like so many Rare Essence concerts, its easy to believe youre seeing the best one. In 2014, Go-Go was featured in the DC episode of Dave Grohls Sonic Highways, and TV Ones Unsung series aired a Chuck Brown episode in 2015 that features interviews with Rare Essences Andre Whiteboy Johnson and performances by the band. 2016 brought the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture which includes Rare Essence featuring Go-Go music created by the late great Chuck Brown. In addition, Rare Essence appeared at globalFEST 2017 in NYC at Webster Hall and performed at SXSW 2017 at Austin City Limits Live in the Moody Theatre with Thievery Corporation, Erykah Badu, Wale and others. Dubbed The Wickedest Band Alive by rap pioneer Doug E. Fresh, who has collaborated with Rare Essence, one of many artists to incorporate Go Go's percolating percussion, and some of its key players, into their own recordings. Rare Essence remains the most consistently combustible live bands honed through countless performances in the Washington region, working the local and regional concert circuit full-throttle, performing nearly 150 shows annually. Go-Go thrives live and thats where reputations, and legacies, are cemented.

      Cost: 15.00

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