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.

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Saturday, January 21 at Aqua 10P-3A! Join us and Black Passion Band! Presidential Crank!

Sunday, February 19 9P-3A at the Hyatt Regency, Crystal City! Presidential holiday weekend - Black is Beautiful Affair!

Join us feat. Jas Funk, Junkyard Band, EU feat. Sugar Bear, Suttle feat. Steve Roy, Mature Clientele, DJ Flava & DJ Big John!

The Chocolate City Invasion is happening July 14th-July 17th. Cruising from Miami to the Bahamas. Be on the 1st Go-Go Cruise!

Come party with us and Jas Funk, the Backyard Band and the What Band!

***Deposit Requirements***
Cruise Only - $50
Air/Cruise/Hotel in Miami for Sunday - $150
*No Passport Required
*Casino on the Ship
*Meals included on the ship - you can upgrade for premium restaurants as well
*White Hennessy Available for purchase
*Full day (Saturday) access to Exclusive Resort in the Bahamas
*Party Passes for events in the ship included
*Free shuttle from airport to Cruise Ship and from Cruise Ship to South Beach for those that purchase airline tickets via STS Travel.

Call STS Travel Monique 410-970-6512 or 410-793-8519 Monday thru Friday from 9am to 5pm.

This Sunday, January 8, we are performing at globalFEST 2017 at Webster Hall in NYC with special guest DJ Kool! Tickets available here http://globalfest.org/

Here's wishing you and your family a happy and safe 2017. Please let us not forget all of those who we have lost last year. We ask that you keep their families in your prayers. God bless.

Videos (See all)

Rare Essence - Howard Theatre
This Christmas - The Go Go Family
Rare Essence at Bethesda Blues & Jazz 11-23-16
28th Annual 2nd Street Festival - Jackson Ward
Tryna Go feat. Raheem "The LoveKing" DeVaughn & Dee Boy (Offic...
Fridays at Fast Eddies!
Snippet of "Tryna Go" (Official Video)
Rare Essence at Fast Eddies!!


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