Team Familiar Band (formally Familiar Faces) performing live at the Inauguration Ball for incoming DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. Friday, January 2015 @ Walter E. Washington Convention Center.Read More
We would like to invite everyone out to help celebrate D. Floyd (The King of the GoGo Beat) and a incredible 30 years in GO-GO!
Oct. 19th, Howard Theatre…
We promise he will give you back all that you’ve given to him over these years….!
Donnell “D. Floyd” Floyd, honoree
Donnell Floyd was born and raised in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Although he’s played the saxophone since the fourth grade, he didn’t fall in love with it until the 10th grade when he started attending the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. That is also when he joined the infamous Go-Go band Rare Essence (RE). Floyd performed with RE for almost two decades spanning from 1983 to 2001. Floyd recorded songs with such greats as Doug E. Fresh, Heavy D and Redman during his stint with RE...Read More
For Immediate Release
October 13, 2012
On October 18th, Familiar Faces will welcome the most recognizable name in the infamous percussion pocket of DC’s homegrown Go-Go music from Rare Essence, as Milton “Go Go Mickey” Freeman changes teams and joins his former colleagues Donnell Floyd, Ms. Kim, Derek “DP” Paige and Eric “Bojack” Butler (all former Rare Essence members) in Familiar Faces.
“There’s a cat named Mickey from out of town” begins the Rare Essence hit song, “Go Go Mickey,” a remake of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles “Mickey’s Monkey” that immortalized RE’s percussionist Go Go Mickey. Freeman has become a DC Go-Go legend and is known for his fast hands on congas and for his raw beats that have become a staple for many area conga players...Read More