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
Nov 29, 2011
As a fan present for the birth of 911, holding on tight through the evolution that would gradually transform into Familiar Faces, refamiliarzation is not a challenge for me, the band has always stayed ahead of the curve, effortlessly.
For almost ten years I spent my late nights and early mornings, happy hours, birthdays and meet and greets in constant refamiliarization. From Bud’s Nightclub to Safari Steakhouse and Zanzibar, from the Tradewinds to the Heart & Soul Café, I still can’t hold back singing the real words to “911” even when the radio spins the clean version. I could do the Brown & White dance with the best of them, maybe not with a horn in tow as Donnell and DP often did but I couldn’t wait for the breakdown so that I could watch the guys get it in...Read More
Novemeber 14, 2011
Familiar Faces is back. After a little more than a year performing with Rare Essence, Donnell Floyd has brought back Familiar Faces with a new lineup of some of go-go’s best musicians. The return show is schedule for November 10 at Ibiza nightclub.
It was Rare Essence that made D.Floyd one of the legends of go-go. He was one of the key members of RE’s front line in the 80s and 90s, helping to make RE the band that was always at the top of the go-go scene. He wrote some of the absolute classics RE songs including “Lock It.” He left the band in 2000 to form 911 which became Familiar Faces.
Familiar Faces had success on the “Grown and Sexy” circuit for a decade with a variety of personnel...Read More