Familiar Faces (formerly 911) was formed in 2001 from the vision and under the leadership of the legendary GoGo great, Donnell Floyd. The band developed quite a reputation in the city, earning them the title “Grown & Sexy Band” of the DMV. Performing with the likes of national recording artists’ greats, such as Montell Jordan, Tony Terry, Fantasia, Marsha Ambrosius, and R. Kelly, Raheem DeVaughn and Melanie Fiona, Familiar Faces fast became one of the best bands to see.After a ten year, strong run in the city, there was great excitement when Floyd, DP and Bojack decided to return to Rare Essence in 2010. Although that reunion was short lived, it didn’t take long for Floyd, and some of the original Familiar Faces crew to figure out, that you can’t fit a round peg in a square hole; and so returns Familiar Faces.Continuing to gel its chemistry, Familiar’s leader, Floyd never stops seeking perfection, in his artists or his band. Now with several GoGo legends in the band, this group is sure to achieve the success that GoGo has longed for.
Formed in 2008, Secret Society, the brainchild of Washington-area musician Bryan Mills, was created to bring the “Live Band” sound back to today’s heavily computerized music market.
The “Society” is that breath of fresh air that most aficionados have been searching for. The repertoire is deep and full of history, tradition, and diversity. The combination of talent, experience and a host of influences stemming from the seeds of John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Police, Rick James and a host of others gives this band their own unique sound and identity. To assign a genre-style to this group would be difficult considering the intermixture of music displayed. This group likes to use the simplistic description “Feel Good Music” to define exactly what it is that they offer.
In 2012, Secret Society was nominated for a WAMMIE by the Washington Area Music Awards (WAMA) for Best Urban Contemporary Duo/Group. The band has been featured in several magazines, including Prince George's Suite and Magazine 33 Virginia, as "one of the hottest bands in the region!"
Secret Society is led by virtuoso saxophonist Bryan Mills. Mills began performing at local venues and clubs while still in high school. A music scholarship brought him from Silver Spring, MD to Clark Atlanta University, beginning his road to musical maturity. Later, Mills, as he is often called, transferred to Howard University’s prestigious Jazz Studies Program, which gave him the opportunity to play with notable D.C. area groups including The Marcus Johnson Project, and Thievery Corporation; he currently performs with D.C.’s legendary Chuck Brown "The Godfather of Go-Go" Band.
With Wayne Thomas on drums, vocalist Mike Madison, Robbie McDonald playing lead guitar, bassist David Dyson, and Patrick Cooper on keyboards, this recipe of musicians is sure to please the tastebuds of the avid music fan!