Friday Comedy Show │ April 13, 2018
Rob Maher, Headliner
Rob Maher starred in the Washington, DC episode of Kevin Hart’s Comedy Central show, “Hart of the City.” He is a regional winner of Comedy Central’s Up Next Competition and is a favorite performer at the DC Improv and Funny Bone comedy clubs all the over the country. Rob has also had the fortunate opportunity to go overseas and perform for our troops. He has performed in 17 countries, including Afghanistan, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Italy, and Egypt.
Tim Miller, Feature Comic
Growing up in Waco, TX, surviving three terms of documenting presidents, and trying to raise a daughter makes for an entertaining show that combines dynamic stage presence with an energetic delivery. Tim Miller started doing stand-up after 8 years in the U.S. Army. After a decade performing up and down the East coast, Tim is eager to transition from his professional day job in Washington and fall—head first—into the full-time world of entertainment.
Paris Sashay, Feature Comic
Paris Sashay is comedienne, actor, and producer from Washington, DC. Her command as a seasoned storyteller makes even the mundane experience feel like an adventure. Audiences across the country fall in love with her infectious laugh, wit, and style. Nothing can stop Paris’ ascension to stardom, unequivocally one of the funniest rising comediennes with highlight performances at the Howard Theatre (DC), The Kennedy Center (DC), Comedy Store (LA), Caroline’s on Broadway (NY) and BET. She triumphantly debuted at the DC Improv only days after losing several teeth in a brutal attack by a toxic man sexually harassing her on the street. In 2016, Paris launched the #TeethAndTittiesCampaign raising awareness about violence against women. Paris has featured for Dick Gregory, Domonique, Sampson McCormick, Jen Kirkman, and Michael Che offering her piercing insight on issues of the day.
Pete Bergen, Host Comic
Pete Bergen draws on his experiences as the youngest of six kids in an Irish Catholic family, an Army Veteran, as someone who has tended bars for 20 years, as someone who once weighed 340 pounds, and as a man with more than 16 years in recovery from drugs and alcohol to craft a show that is as vulnerable as it is funny. His skill as an improviser and storyteller and his ability to find the humor in anything has him connecting with audiences all over. He has opened for Bobcat Goldthwait, Chris Gethard, Jim Short, Chris Coccia and more. Come laugh at his life and feel better about yours!
Saturday Night Live Concert │ April 14, 2018
Let It Flow Band- Established 2006
Let It Flow is a collective of some of the finest musicians and vocalists in the Washington Metropolitan area. Their blend of R&B, Neo-soul and Contemporary Jazz with a generous helping of homegrown DC Go-Go is what makes them fantastically unique. We perform at a lot of Fraternities & Sororities Scholarship Galas. The band has shared the stage with many notables, to include: Dazz Band, Sybil, Eric Roberson, Kindred the Family Soul, Big Daddy Kane, Kid from Kid & Play and the late, great Chuck Brown (the Godfather of Go-Go). We have performed for nationally along the East Coast- Mid West. Let It Flow is available for concerts, club dates, outdoor events, private parties and wedding receptions.
Their music is infectious and will get you moving on the dance floor! Get ready for Let It Flow!
Rare Essence, Washington’s premier Go Go band for more than four decades is a DC institution that has built a devoted fan base that spans multiple generations, drawn to the indigenous funk sired in the mid ‘70s by the late Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown.
Rare Essence would be one of Brown’s earliest, and have remained his most enduring, progeny, with a consistently combustible live show honed through countless performances in the Washington region. Go-Go thrives live and that’s where reputations, and legacies, are cemented. As the Washington Post noted in a 2010 review, “....this band has performed more than 5,000 times. Like so many Rare Essence concerts, it’s easy to believe you’re seeing the best one.”
Little wonder they were dubbed “The Wickedest Band Alive” by rap pioneer Doug E. Fresh, who has collaborated with Rare Essence, one of many artists to incorporate Go Go's percolating percussion, and some of its key players, into their own recordings.
Rare Essence first came together in 1976 when a group of elementary students at St. Thomas Moore Catholic School in Southeast Washington gathered after school and started playing the then new, as yet unnamed, music (Go-Go’s breakthrough chart topper, Brown’s “Bustin’ Loose,” was still three years away). The band was kept on track by several no-nonsense moms. Drummer Quentin “Footz” Davidson along with guitarist/vocalist Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson, bassist Michael “Funky Ned” Neal and trombonist John “Big Horn” Jones and, calling themselves the Young Dynamos, jammed on Top 40 hits by that era’s funk and soul masters, earning their initial show stripes on the city’s recreation center circuit.
Changing its name to Rare Essence, the band expanded its lineup and as teens started playing on a thriving Metro Go-Go circuit that included Maryland and Virginia. They built a huge following, and a reputation as one of the city’s top Go-Go bands, through spirited battles with the likes of Chuck Brown, Trouble Funk, Junk Yard and EU (Experience Unlimited), putting on marathon shows that might run until 5 a.m., stacked sets seamless and unending. Rare Essence quickly developed into the city’s most powerful Go-Go band, performing six to seven nights a week.
The 1987 video “Go Go Live at the Capital Centre" captured the first time that venue hosted an all go go lineup, with Rare Essence, Chuck Brown, EU and others drawing 14,000 enthusiastic fans to what was then the area’s largest concert and sports arena. Rap stars learned early on the dangers of sharing a bill with go go acts and their big live band energy.
Over the years, many great musicians have been part of Rare Essence, with several going on to form their own bands, including Little Benny and the Masters. A 30th anniversary concert featured close to 30 musicians associated with the band.
They have performed with Run DMC, Wale, DJ Kool, LL Cool J, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Ice Cube, Heavy D and the Boyz, Wu Tang Clan, Redman and Method Man, French Montana, Scarface, TLC, Eric B and Rakim, YoYo, Shabba Ranks, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Thievery Corporation, KRS-1 not to mention Chuck Brown, Trouble Funk, The Junk Yard Band, & EU. While no two shows are alike, music lovers new to the Go-Go experience and Rare Essence sound will quickly feel at ease among an allegiance of loyal fans chanting along to hits like “Lock It,” “One On One,” “Hey Buddy Buddy,” and the ever popular “Overnight Scenario,” which is covered by Fantasia all over the country. Also lovingly known by fans as RE, “the Inner City Groovers”, or Essence (if you are from DC), you can’t help but know who “the Wickedest Band Alive” is and that you gotta be there to experience the party in person!