The Drummer’s Beat: Ju Ju House, The Legend Speaks – [DC Local Music Examiner]

By Andrea Jill Greenleigh DC Local Music Examiner . ——————————————————————– When William “Ju Ju” House was six years old, he picked up his first set of drumsticks to play drums at his father’s church.  Coming from a musical family, his grandfather played guitar for the church band and Ju Ju’s father played drums, saxophone and bass.  Ju Ju, the name for which he is known, watched his father play with the greats including Otis Redding and James Brown and knew that he would follow in his father’s footsteps.  And Ju Ju’s own son would follow in his playing with the … Continue reading The Drummer’s Beat: Ju Ju House, The Legend Speaks – [DC Local Music Examiner]

2010 Go-Go Awards Best Radio Support of Local Artists goes to… – [DC Local Music Examiner]

By Andrea Jill Greenleigh DC Local Music Examiner Bands and fans alike will converge on the historic Lincoln Theater in the heart of U Street this Sunday night, November 21.  It seems only fitting that DC’s homegrown music, Go-Go, will be celebrated and honored with the 5th Annual Go-Go Awards and Hall of Fame Induction being held in the same venue that was once home to Washington, DC’s musical legends Duke Ellington and Pearl Bailey.  It was Bailey who actually coined the phrase “Black Broadway” when referring to U Street. READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE Continue reading 2010 Go-Go Awards Best Radio Support of Local Artists goes to… – [DC Local Music Examiner]

Fonzworth Bentley, From G’s to Gents to… Go-Go? – [DC Local Music Examiner]

By Andrea Jill Greenleigh DC Local Music Examiner Everything happens for a reason.  “It had to have been one of those Divine Appointments,” emphatically states Fonzworth Bentley, artist, author and television host.  Bentley, whose real name is Derek Watkins, is speaking of his chance meeting with Charles “Shorty Corleone” Garris on a street in the DMV. READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE ——————————————— MAKE YOUR COMMENT VIA FACEBOOK BELOW: Continue reading Fonzworth Bentley, From G’s to Gents to… Go-Go? – [DC Local Music Examiner]

At 74 years young, Chuck Baby still gives a F… | DC Local Music Examiner

By Andrea Jill Greenleigh DC Local Music Examiner The title of the new CD/DVD 3 disc set by legendary pioneer of the Go-Go genre, Chuck Brown, is We Got This.  If the “we” is Brown and his band, then they sure do.   In this set, the Godfather of Go-Go, not only gives us live performances on one of the CDs and the DVD, but he also delivers five new studio cuts as well. READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE Continue reading At 74 years young, Chuck Baby still gives a F… | DC Local Music Examiner

In the beginning Rare Essence (Part 5 of 6) | DC Local Music Examiner

By Andrea Jill Greenleigh DC Local Music Examiner And in the beginning there were four…… As most fans of Rare Essence know, the band started out as the Young Dynamos, which was made up of four childhood friends, Quentin “Footz” Davidson, Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson, Michael “Funky Ned” Neal and John “Big Horn” Jones. Johnson and Jones both have a lot of memories from the old days and just in time for the Rare Essence Reunion Anniversary show. READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE ————————————————- MAKE YOUR COMMENT VIA FACEBOOK BELOW: Continue reading In the beginning Rare Essence (Part 5 of 6) | DC Local Music Examiner

Rare Essence triumphs and tragedies (Part 3 of 6) | DC Local Music Examiner

By Andrea Jill Greenleigh DC Local Music Examiner It is no secret that Rare Essence has enjoyed many successes, but with triumphs also come tragedies. With the success of “Lock It”, “Overnight Scenario” and a discography of dozens of songs, and with many key members being honored by both the Washington Area Music Association as well as the Go-Go Hall of Fame, the band has not been able to elude heartbreak and tragedy. READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE MAKE YOUR COMMENT VIA FACEBOOK BELOW: Continue reading Rare Essence triumphs and tragedies (Part 3 of 6) | DC Local Music Examiner

Let me tell you ’bout the One on One Rare Essence (Part 2 of 6) | DC Local Music Examiner

By Andrea Jill Greenleigh DC Local Music Examiner Rare Essence has had a major impact on the careers of so many musicians who tried to pattern their styles or incorporate what Rare Essence was doing into their own style.  As the group that young musicians idolized and viewed as the trend setters, Rare Essence has had the ability to appeal to both younger audiences as well as the older crowd who has grown up over the past 30 years listening to their music. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS ENTIRE ARTICLE ——————————————— MAKE YOUR COMMENT VIA FACEBOOK BELOW: Continue reading Let me tell you ’bout the One on One Rare Essence (Part 2 of 6) | DC Local Music Examiner

The true inner city groovers Rare Essence turn 31 (Part 1 of 6) | DC Local Music Examiner

By Andrea Jill Greenleigh DC Local Music Examiner Originally called the Young Dynamos, the group was started by four childhood friends who went to school together at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Southeast DC. Little did Quentin “Footz” Davidson (drums), Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson (guitar), Michael “Funky Ned” Neal (bass) and John Jones (horns) know at that time that 31 years later the band would still be at the top of its game. CLICK TO READ THE ENTIRE PART 1 OF THE ARTICLE ———————————————— MAKE YOUR COMMENT VIA FACEBOOK BELOW: Continue reading The true inner city groovers Rare Essence turn 31 (Part 1 of 6) | DC Local Music Examiner

Charles Garris’ ultimate feast… | Examiner

By Jill Greenleigh The career of Charles “Shorty Corleone” Garris can only be described with one word- Multidimentional. Many artists of today can do one thing well and maybe half of another thing partially well. This well rounded and level headed young man has it all. With one hand in writing and producing, one hand in the politics of the DC mayoral race, one foot in South East, DC, where he was raised and one foot in elevating the ambitions of the underserved youth of the DC area, the question is where is Charles “Shorty Corleone” Garris’ heart? Actually, Garris’ … Continue reading Charles Garris’ ultimate feast… | Examiner

The Go-Go business, the more things change, the more they stay the same and other lessons unlearned [Examiner]

By Jill Greenleigh The more things change, the more they stay the same. This holds true in the Washington, DC music arena as well. Lessons that should have been learned have not been learned and history continues to repeat itself. Go-Go music may have changed with the emergence of new bands and new sub-genres besides the traditional Go-Go splitting off into the watered down “Grown and Sexy” to the younger bands’ “Bounce Beat”, but it is still business as usual. The entire business needs to be revamped and needs to be treated as more than just a hobby. Money can … Continue reading The Go-Go business, the more things change, the more they stay the same and other lessons unlearned [Examiner]

Chuck Brown Trombonist Greg Boyer Talks Go-Go, Funk and Fried Chicken Swing [Examiner]

Andrea Jill Greenleigh – Examiner The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan music scene has many versatile musicians, but none quite as multifaceted as trombonist Greg Boyer. Boyer began playing in the seventh grade after seeing two friends, Geoff Davis and Rusty McKeown, playing trombone. He knew he could do the same. Borrowing Davis’ trombone one night (and without Davis’ knowledge), Boyer taught himself to play. After continuing to secretly borrow instruments from the school, he eventually learned how to play every instrument in the band. “I would take [the instruments] back to school before band started,” he said. “No one ever knew!” … Continue reading Chuck Brown Trombonist Greg Boyer Talks Go-Go, Funk and Fried Chicken Swing [Examiner]