As a part of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities' celebration of Black History Month, that includes an exploration of Go-Go music, the District's own Go-Go band, Rare Essence will perform following a screening of the documentary "Straight Up Go-Go." The event will be held at 8 p.m., Feb. 22 at the Lincoln Theatre.
The documentary, which was released in 1992, traces the development of the "Go-Go sound" in the 1970s - from early influencers, Cab Calloway, James Brown, Fela Kuti, and Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers - through the 1980s with Black Heat, Experience Unlimited, Rare Essence and Junkyard Band, up to the new generation of artists including Pleasure Band, C. J.'s Uptown Crew, Casual Al & The City Groovers.
Rare Essence, founded in 1976, began when four childhood friends decided to form a band to play music by their favorite groups - Parliament/Funkadelic, Cameo, and Confunkshun in their basements. The original four members were Quinten Davidson, Andre Johnson, Michael Neal and John Jones. Rare Essence went on to achieve relative success with the hits "Body Moves," "Lock It," and "Work the Walls."