Washington Post Staff Writer
Mere minutes into Rare Essence’s reunion set and the dance floor is already at full churn — not on a trip through time, but in a rapturous celebration of been-here-all-along.
It’s late Saturday night, and the Washington teenagers who once swarmed the legendary go-go band’s ’80s and ’90s gigs at the now-shuttered Maverick Room, Washington Coliseum and Black Hole are now middle-aged, but still ready to perspire through Polos and Kangols, halter tops and heels. Over 2,000 strong, they’ve crammed into the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City to celebrate three decades of go-go, Washington’s own indestructible funk dialect.
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