Posts Tagged ‘Rare Essence’

Chuck Brown Fans, Friends Assemble for Joyous Tribute at Howard Theatre

The day Chuck Brown died, fans gathered in front of the Howard Theatre for a sprawling candlelight vigil as outdoor speakers cranked go-go into the streets. Yesterday, on the first anniversary of his death, a more sedate celebration of Chuck’s life unfolded in front of the historic theater as WPGC played classic Chuck songs and vendors [...]

Arts Roundup: Chuck! Edition

Responding to criticism, the Kennedy Center changes its selection process for the Kennedy Center Honors. [Arts Desk]
Where to find Chuck Brown public art around the city [Curbed D.C.]
An interview with Andre "Whiteboy" Johnson in advance of last night's Chuck Brown memorial concert at the Howard Theatre [WTOP]
Captain America: The Winter Soldier shut down streets in [...]

Remembering Chuck Brown, One Year After His Death

Chuck Brown died one year ago today, on May 16, 2012.
We have no way of knowing how many block parties, go-gos, and barbecues have been held in Brown’s honor since then. But at least a few major tributes to Brown have emerged in the last year, some of them with more staying power than others.
Among [...]

ToDo ToDay: Ital, Floor, and the High-Achieving Emanuel Brothers

Ital’s DJ work is good enough not to necessitate any live-show frills, but the man puts on an impressive footwork display. When he performed at DC9 in September, he stomped and slid like an aquaphobe caught in a rainstorm behind his table of gear. His shimmying showed a visible passion far more entertaining than [...]

D.C.’s Static Disruptors: The Go-Go Band That Didn’t Fit In

Fledgling go-go rapper Craig Rosen of D.C.’s Static Disruptors will never forget what go-go godfather Chuck Brown said when Rosen asked him to produce his first record. "I had a cassette of 'D.C. Groove' and offered it to [Brown]. He told me, 'If I take that tape and put it in my pocket, the females are [...]

ToDo ToDay: The Intersections Festival and Nonstop D.C. Nostalgia

For once, you don’t have to trek to National Harbor to see world-class circus performers: The Intersections Festival is bringing an evening of big-tent entertainment to the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE. The center ring event, “Magic in the Air,” will showcase local acrobats twisting in silks and spinning in suspended hoops, [...]

Arts Roundup: Straight Up Go-Go Edition

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities announces a screening of the documentary Straight Up Go-Go, paired with a live performance by Rare Essence, at the Lincoln Theatre Feb. 22. [Art 202]
AFI Silver Theatre adds another showing of The Legend of Cool 'Disco' Dan. [Post]
Virginia Democrats want you to read Republican Attorney General Ken [...]

One Track Mind: Killa Cal, “Go-Go Flow”

Standout Track: Hip-hop dominates the mixtape, but the lone go-go cut, No. 17, “Go-Go Flow,” is the showstopper. Local legends Stinky Dink and Tony Blunt rhyme with Cal on a classically conga-heavy beat made by keyboardist D-Cleve of The What? Band—Cal’s previous group until he joined Rare Essence last year. The Backyard Band’s Los was [...]

Head-Roc’s Mouth: Chocolate City Rock Stars Performing Live This Weekend

An occasional feature in which esteemed D.C. rapper Head-Roc shares what’s on his mind.
With so many events popping of in D.C. week after week, deciding what to do can be overwhelming. And though I hate to admit it, I am pretty much just using Facebook to assess what’s good in D.C. area entertainment these days. Everyone [...]

Arts Roundup: Blowoff Edition

Bob Mould talks about reconciling being an indie-rocker and a gay DJ. [Pitchfork]
David Letterman is no fan of awards shows, but he'll show up at the Kennedy Center Honors anyway. [Post]
D.C. native Rachel Grady discusses her newest documentary, Detropia. [Washingtonian]
Set your memory in motion: Watch this footage of Rare Essence's 31st anniversary concert from 2010. [TMOTTGoGo]

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