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

Stan Richards of PBMC ‘Syces’ Up The Rare Essence Reunion

Watch the International Shack N Da Pack as he stands at the site of the Howard Theatre waiting for Positive Black Men’s Coalition founder Stan Richards to pull up…  who then ‘syces’ up the upcoming Rare Essence Reunion by reminiscing and reminding folks about the golden days of go-go at the Howard Theatre. www.pbmc.net WATCH VIDEO CLIP BELOW: Continue reading Stan Richards of PBMC ‘Syces’ Up The Rare Essence Reunion

WE NOW PROCLAIM THE WEEK OF 9/6 – 9/11 “WASHINGTON RE”

I, Kato Hammond, hereby proclaim this week  (Sept. 6 – Sept. 11, 2010) in the D dot C… WASHINGTON R.E. ( Rare Essence )… for all you inner city grooven stars and celebrities, you soul brothers and jitter bugs, you hip cats with your fancy hats, you pretty ladies with your pretty smiles all decked out in your latest styles.   So it is written…  So it shall be done. In commemorating to this, we at TMOTTGoGo have decided to link here every single piece of article, interview and video clip that we have ever done on anything regarding Rare Essence … Continue reading WE NOW PROCLAIM THE WEEK OF 9/6 – 9/11 “WASHINGTON RE”

One on One With Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson of Rare Essence [VIDEO]

In preparation for the upcoming Rare Essence reunion, Wingsworld brings you a quick video production of some quick one on ones with lead guitarist, co-manager…  and only remaining original member still standing on the Rare Essence stage, Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson. WATCH VIDEO CLIP BELOW: ———————————————- MAKE YOUR COMMENT VIA FACEBOOK BELOW: Continue reading One on One With Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson of Rare Essence [VIDEO]

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

The Rare Essence Tree & Its Degrees of Separation (The Gospel According to Kato)

Being on top in the circuit of over 30 years in the game should have without a doubt thrust some strong enough roots in its foundation, giving it the ability to garner many branches based on the strength of it’s name alone. In the image below, we take a look at the tree of Rare Essence branches and its degrees of separation. LET ME BREAK IT ON DOWN ONE TIME: REDDS AND THE BOYS: Anthony “Redds” Williams – who played lead guitar for Rare Essence (during the area when Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson wasn’t able) went on to start his own … Continue reading The Rare Essence Tree & Its Degrees of Separation (The Gospel According to Kato)