Rare Essence


Rare Essence made a name for themselves with BODY MOVES, their first full length release. Their unique percussive groove and live shows rival some of the biggest names in music! RE's success has included hit singles: Lock-It, Work The Walls and Overnight Scenario. Collaborations have included tracks with Doug E Fresh, Redman and Ludacris. TV appearances have included the Jay Leno Show and the MTV Awards.

Permission to stalk us -- follow us on Twitter @REWickedestBand.

Friday, May 19th at Fast Eddies 10P-3A!

Saturday, May 20 at Aqua 10P-3A! Join us Suttle Squad and Da One Band!

Five years ago today we lost our mentor, producer, creator of our genre and musical father the late great Chuck Brown. May he continue to Rest In Peace. We miss you Pops.

Listen: Rare Essence and Backyard Band Collaborate For The First Time on 'You Can’t Run From the Crank'



washingtoncitypaper.com Go-go rivalries are a thing of the past; RE and Backyard come together for the first time.

Rare Essence with special guest DJ Kool / Felix Hernandez Rythm Revue


Hey New York! We're playing SummerStage NYC in Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn on June 28th with Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue! Check out the rest of the lineup and save the date! #SummerStage http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/rare-essence-special-guest-dj-kool-felix-hernandez-rythm-revue/

cityparksfoundation.org Patriarchs of Go-go music move crowds with the help of DC's own Let Me Clear My Throat MC...

Happy Birthday to one of the originators of "The Wickedest Band Alive", Andre "Whiteboy" Johnson! We hope the day is a great one!

Videos (See all)

Cruise with the crank of RE, BYB, What Band!
You Can't Run From The Crank
SXSW 2017 ACL Live w/DJ Kool & Wale
Saturday, March 11 at Aqua
Saturday, March 4 at Aqua - Pisces Party
Rare Essence at Aqua Saturday, February 25
Aqua, Saturday February 18
Black Is Beautiful Affair
Saturday, February 4 at Aqua


Band Members

Today, Rare Essence band consists of original member Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson (Lead Guitar), James "Jas.Funk" Thomas(Vocals), Calvin "Killa Cal" Henry(Vocals), Samuel"Smoke"Dews(Congas), Charles “Shorty” Garris (Vocals),Roy Battle (Keyboards), Michael Baker (Bass Guitar), Kenecia "KeKe" Taylor(Vocals), Kenneth"Kwick"Gross(Drums), Quentin "Shorty Dud" (Percussion),Leroy"Scooter"Taylor(Keyboards)


Current Location

Record Label

Rare One Records
Rare Essence Enterprises Inc

General Manager

Booking Agent

Other Washington Artists
Ashburn Artists