Chris Blackwell of Island Records Gives His Account As To Why He Feels Go-Go Has Never Broke Nationally

Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, who is also given credit for turning the planet onto Reggae music by helping launch the careers of Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff, as well as U2, Grace Jones, Roxy Music, and Nick Drake, is also the same Chris Blackwell who is responsible for the 1986 go-go movie entited “Good to Go”. Recently, Chris sat down with the Washington Post and gave his explaination on why he feels that Go-Go Music never took off nationally quite like the way Reggae has. WP: When did you first encounter go-go music? Chris Blackwell: I would … Continue reading Chris Blackwell of Island Records Gives His Account As To Why He Feels Go-Go Has Never Broke Nationally

RARE ESSENCE LIVE AT THE CAPITOL CENTER – 1986 [FULL SHOW]

Watch this rare video footage as Tricky Rick brings on the Inner City Groovers Rare Essence who performs hits such as “Hold Your Head Back” –  – “One On One” – “I Must Be Dreamin” – “Do The Mickey” and “Shake It But Don’t Break It”. **The video footage is not of best quality, but the crank still exists nevertheless. WATCH VIDEO CLIP BELOW: Continue reading RARE ESSENCE LIVE AT THE CAPITOL CENTER – 1986 [FULL SHOW]

2010 Go-Go Award Winners Results

2010 GO-GO AWARDS RESULTS – November 21,2010 Best Go-Go DJ – DJ Big John Traditional Band – Chuck Brown Gospel Go-Go Band – Wanted Band Grown & Sexy Band – Suttle Thoughts Song of the Year – Love (Chuck Brown featuring Jill Scott) Go-Go Venue – La Fontaine Bleu Bounce Beat Band – TCB Up and Coming Band – Kimberly Michelle Experience Rhythm Section – Backyard Best Male Singer – Weensey Best Female Singer – Kimberly Michelle Best Lead Talker – Big G Rapper – Killa Cal Pocket/Percussion Section – Rare Essence Go-Go Heat – Manager – Ben Abba Promoter … Continue reading 2010 Go-Go Award Winners Results

Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson: Last of the Go-Go Legends [Washington Post]

By Timothy Wilson Washington Post Staff Writer Back then, “the mothers” handled the band’s business affairs. Annie Mack Thomas, Footz’s mother, was the band’s manager. Margarine Neal, Funky Ned’s mom, served as the secretary. Mattie Lee Mack, Thomas’s mother, served as treasurer. The band incorporated, trademarked their name and logo and formed a music publishing company. “They protected us,” Johnson said. “As the business started to evolve more, I became interested in that as well.” READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE Continue reading Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson: Last of the Go-Go Legends [Washington Post]

Wrapping Up the Rare Essence Reunion Coverage with a Final Narrative Review “Straight from Da Pit”

WARNING: If you are not a true go-go head, you may have a difficult time understanding the “Pit” lingo of this review.  In Case of Emergency, just simply ask someone who does.  lls By Mark Ward – Walking into the ballroom, I was already filled with pre-anticipation of the crank.  I had gotten there early because I was given the pleasure of being able to watch most of the members from the 1982 RE line-up crank “Body Moves” during the run through sound check. And that was when I first saw that old stage prop — The RE Express Train!!  … Continue reading Wrapping Up the Rare Essence Reunion Coverage with a Final Narrative Review “Straight from Da Pit”

A Brief Analysis of Maria Izaurralle’s Photo of RE – The Remix [A prose-poem by Thomas Sayers Ellis]

Hard to resist a good photo even if the symbolism surrounding the image is better than the actual aesthetic value of the photo. And we writers have to keep the scene honest. We are here to lift it, to see it clearly and creatively. Let’s consider the composition of the shot. Five framed guys. Familiar faces. Faces you know. The wickedest Go-Go pyramid alive. Think power. Think visual checkmate for a band that might have been losing its audience. Think legacy, think loss, think purpose. The only person in the shot (really) in focus is Whiteboy. Is that a metaphor, … Continue reading A Brief Analysis of Maria Izaurralle’s Photo of RE – The Remix [A prose-poem by Thomas Sayers Ellis]

Rare Essence 2010 – The Prodigal Son Has Come Home [D.Floyd, Derek Paige & Bojack]

By Kato Hammond I am guessing by now that (if you’ve read the Washington Post article) we all know exactly what Rare Essence meant when they titled their 30 Year Reunion show “Past, Present and Future!”  On Sunday night September 11, the inner city goovin wickedest band alive delivered the past and the present to a crowd of about 3000 people.  And this morning they’ve capped it off announcing the “FUTURE” — which is:  along with the addition of their newest female singer, Ms. KiKi (formally of the go-go band CCB) — three former members Donnell Floyd, Derek Paige and … Continue reading Rare Essence 2010 – The Prodigal Son Has Come Home [D.Floyd, Derek Paige & Bojack]

Fans flock to reunion show of go-go legends Rare Essence | Washington Post

By Chris Richards 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 … Continue reading Fans flock to reunion show of go-go legends Rare Essence | Washington Post

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