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.

Saturday, July 8 at the Fire Station 5p-10p!

SummerStage in Betsy Head Park - Brooklyn! Come party with us and Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue on Wednesday 7P-9P! Admission is FREE!

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Check out the new mural at Ben's Chili Bowl by Aniekan Udofia!


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Go-Go Forever



Thanks for sharing your memories Ericka!

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Rare Essence @ Pack Square Park in Asheville, NC

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 5:00PM

We are looking forward to bringing DC to AVL!

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 5:00PM

Videos (See all)

Pre 4th of July Old School Jam
Pre-4th of July Old School Jam at the Howard Theatre
PA19 Live @ Fast Eddies 4-28-17
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


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