DJ Rico Interviews Jas. Funk [VIDEO] / TMOTT Interviews Jas. Funk [AUDIO]

Noisemaker DJ Rico catches up with Go-Go Legend Jas. Funk (Rare Essence, Proper Utensils) during a birthday party celebration for Sugar Bear (EU). WATCH VIDEO CLIP BELOW – AND WHILE YOU’RE AT IT, CHECK OUT THE FULL LENGTH DETAILED ARCHIVED AUDIO INTERVIEW THAT FUNK WITH WITH THE TMOTT MORNING RADIO  SHOW – IN TWO PARTS: AUDIO INTERVIEW – PART ONE: AUDIO INTERVIEW – PART TWO: Continue reading DJ Rico Interviews Jas. Funk [VIDEO] / TMOTT Interviews Jas. Funk [AUDIO]

True Go-Go Stories: Byron (BJ) Jackson – (Rare Essence)

In this episode, Byron (BJ) Jackson talks about his Rare Essence days:  his producing of the Vinnie D track “55 Dollar Motel”, his work with the Doug E Go-Go Remix of “I’m Getting Ready”, the Go-Go Live at the Capital Center concert, out of town gigs, and other artists outside of Go-Go that he has worked with. http://www.trugogostories.com WATCH TRUE GO-GO STORIES CLIP BELOW: Continue reading True Go-Go Stories: Byron (BJ) Jackson – (Rare Essence)

Teach the Beat: Go-Go Music from West Africa to Washington, D.C.

Did you know that the beat that makes Go-Go music go is kin to the beats that were developed in parts of Africa many years ago?  Charles Stephenson and Kip Lornell, co-authors of The Beat! Go-Go Music From Washington, DC, will lead a discussion and demonstration on how Go-Go music emerged in Washington, D.C. Other guests are Shuaib Mitchell the director of the Straight Up Go-Go DVD, choreographer/dancer Melvin Deal, and musicians 32 of the Northeast Groovers and Go-Go Mickey of Rare Essence. Books and DVDs are available for purchase. Saturday, June 5 @ 1:00pm 1901 Fort Place, SE Washington, DC 20020 … Continue reading Teach the Beat: Go-Go Music from West Africa to Washington, D.C.

Charles “Shorty Corleone” Garris: A Christmas Story

From IAMOnlineMag.com Shorty Corleone may have thought he put his Mafioso personality aside when he took on his birth moniker for Charles Garris Presents: It’s Christmas, but this album is less like Bing Crosby and more like what the soundtrack would be if “Belly” were a Nativity movie. In his version, the story about Frosty uses The Delfonics’s “Hey! Love” sample that our generation may most famously remember as the foundation of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Playa Hater;” the story of Rudolph has a reggae beat; and every other track has a go-go swang. Garris became a professional vocalist at age 14 … Continue reading Charles “Shorty Corleone” Garris: A Christmas Story

2009 Go-Go Awards: Nominees and Performance Announced

The 2009 Go-Go Awards is scheduled for The Washington Convention Center on Nov. 1.  In addition to D.C.’s own Comedian/Actor Red Grant hosting this year’s event, some of today’s most prominent acts on the Go-Go curcuit are scheduled to perform. Presented by Peace Abode, the acts scheduled to perform are Familiar Faces, Backyard, Suttle Thoughts, and TCB among others. There will also be a reunion performance by Little Benny & The Masters, who are famous for bringing hits such as “Cat In The Hat”, “The Message” and “Big City Groove.” Below is a complete list of nominees and categories. BAND … Continue reading 2009 Go-Go Awards: Nominees and Performance Announced

Rare Essence (late 80s/early 90s) feat. Footz, GoGo Mickey and Shorty Dud [live video]

The following is a live video footage of the Washington, D.C. go-go band Rare Essence… shot at the Black Hole during the late 80s/early 90s.  Featuring the late Quintin “Footz” Davdison on drums.  Also featuring Milton “GoGo Mickey” Freeman on congas, and Quintin “Shorty Dud” Ivey on roto-tombs. Continue reading Rare Essence (late 80s/early 90s) feat. Footz, GoGo Mickey and Shorty Dud [live video]

COSMIC: Mutual Appreciation featuring SAMARIA

This is just a little something in a song that was given as a gift to me, which touched me in a spiritual way, and I wanted to share with you. Mainly because this is an excellent example of the uplifting and encouragement that can and does happen. Basically, this tune that I love to play was sent to the wonderful Ms Samaria Graham (Actress/Singer), who put her words and sang to it, and sent it back to me. I felt so moved by it that I wanted to attach it with images, via video clip, and share it with … Continue reading COSMIC: Mutual Appreciation featuring SAMARIA