The Howard Theatre hosted the SXSW Benefit Show to help send Rare Essence, EU, Black Alley, and DC Loves Dilla to Austin, Texas and it was a huge success!Â Every Go-Go lover in the DMV was at the Howard Theatre for this event and it showed how much Go-Go is a staple in the DMV.Â The sold out event was packed and there wasn’t room to breathe.Â Every Go-Go lover in the Washington Metropolitan area was present and ready to have a Go-Go good time!
Black Alley, known for their hood rock style of music was in rare form. The performance by Black Alley and Kacey Williams the vocalist ignited the whole audience and had everyone jamming in the house.Â This band continues to raise the bar with their concerts and unique style of music.
DC Loves Dilla put on a special show to pay tribute to J. dilla or Jay Dee, who was one of the music industry’s most influential hip-hop artists who worked withÂ big-name acts includingÂ A Tribe Called Quest,Â De La Soul,Â Busta Rhymes,Â and Erykah Badu. Â Their performance was full of emotion and great singing. This will be the first performance by DC Loves Dilla at SXSW who are celebrating the 9th anniversary of J. Dilla’s passing.
Experience Unlimited (EU) who were a true supporter of this effort played a few of the Go-Go favorites that everyone love.Â EU is one of the original Washington DC Go-Go bands. Original members still perform with the band such as the founding member Gregory Sugar Bear Elliott, William Ju Ju House on drums, Edward Junie Henderson on vocals.Â Also have to mention Mighty Moe on percussions who did his thing.
Rare Essence Band turned up the tempo and played their hearts out to show why they were chosen to represent DC and Go-Go at the SWSX.Â Andre Whiteboy Johnson, one of the founding members of the legendary go-go band Rare Essence, is the only one still playing regularly with the band.Â Johnson shared with News-Press that he is honored that Rare Essence was booked to play the showcase, which takes place next Tuesday, March 17, at The Bungalow in Austin and is being presented by the Washington, D.C. Economic Partnership. Another D.C. music legend, DJ Kool, will be featured on the set.Â It’s great. It’s a tremendous honor, Johnson said. We’ve been dying to get to South by Southwest for years now, so for us to get invited and then to be a part of a D.C. music showcase is really a tremendous honor. We’re eternally grateful for that.
DC Nitelife was honored to be a part of this great event and from the looks of this show, we are sure that all groups will represent the DMV well!
By J.V. Jones
Photography by Darryle A. Carter