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.
Sugar Bear & EU
EU (Experience Unlimited) is one of the original WashingtonDC Go-Go bands. Fronted by founding member Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliott, the original members all attended Ballou High School (currently the subject of a critically acclaimed documentary). The band chose the name Experience due to their respect for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Unlimited because they did not want to limit the range of their music. Their early regional hits included EU Freeze, Lock Your Butt, and Knock ‘Em Out Sugar Ray. Although they are best known for their Grammy nominated, massive worldwide hit Da-Butt from Spike Lee’s “School Daze” soundtrack, EU scored hits with Salt & Papa (Shake Your Thang), with rap innovator Kurtis Blow (Party Time), and on their own with Buck Wild and Taste of Your Love. Da Butt won Soul Train’s best R&B/Soul Single, Group in 1989.
EU has performed with Teena Marie, Morris Day and The Time, Mint Condition, Cameo, and countless others. They performed on a show with Bob Dylan in 1989, one of Sugar Bear’s career highlights. EU released the hit Umm Bop Bop in 2000. They dropped the single Bounce in 2001, garnering extensive airplay. EU appeared in the tribute DVD to Chuck Brown, Put Your Hands Up in 2002 (called quite possibly the best live concert DVD ever made by Murder Dog Magazine) with a brilliant set of live music, featuring a percussion showdown between Ju Ju House and Mighty Mo Hagans, along with blistering renditions of EU Freeze. Dog Star, Da Butt and much more. In 2003, EU performed to a national audience on the televised NAACP Awards’ Tribute to Spike Lee. Sugar Bear received the Legend Award at the second annual WKYS Go-Go Awards in 2007. He appears in a local TV commercial for an insurance company, and teaches special education at TC Williams.
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!
Voted 2017's best DJ in DC; Dirty Rico is well known for the experience he offers party-goers. While he not only enjoys the music that he plays, he has a unique way of keeping the dance floor packed which has inspired his followers to deem him "The Noisemaker".
Rico can be heard every Friday and Saturday night on MyMajic 102.3 and radio's afternoon drive with Donnie Simpson.