In the theme of everything old is new again, there appears to be a resurgence of “old school” in the Go-Go genre. While the market is inundated with new bands popping up vying for position to make their mark, old school bands are coming back with a vengeance. It seems that fans, even musicians, are yearning for the old days.
On Sunday, May 26, from Noon to 8pm, there will be an old school festival style outdoor show featuring old school bands the Pumpblenders, Ayre Rayde and Godfather and Friends along with Forever Band and DJ T Dawg at the Elks Lodge in Upper Marlboro.
The Pumblenders, the Busey family’s dynasty, captivated the crowd recently at a show in Montgomery County and showed that age and a good basic foundation of the business are ingrained in their psyche’s by the now deceased former manager, George Busey Sr., for more than 30 years. This crowd favorite showed that the band still has the “it” factor complete with matching outfits and the steps to go with their original music that they have always been known for. They encompassed the true meaning of the old term “band and show”.
The original Ayre Rayde band will be performing all of their old hits such as “Sock It to Me” and their soon to be released material, “Cookie Jar”, which will be out this summer.
Doc Spencer, percussionist and manager of Ayre Rayde explains, “I think this event will show other artists in this area that the foundation of GoGo and it’s roots of our music in the DMV is full of creative thoughts, energy and showmanship and will demonstrate how we can move forward with the positive fellowship amongst all groups while still able to stay competitive also with our craft.”
The show, the brainchild of Jim Harrington, a veteran percussionist of more than 30 years, saw the need and stepped in to facilitate the event.
Harrington describes, “There’s a void in the era that has gone beyond us and I wanted to make it family friendly for those who don’t want to be out all night anymore and still want to enjoy the music that we used to listen to, live.”
Godfather and Friends, made up of veterans who have graced the stages for more than 35 years with groups such as Rare Essence and Little Benny and the Masters has recently featured the return of fan favorite Lawrence “Maniac” West while Michael Muse still dazzles the crowds with his golden vocals.
Mark “Godfather” Lawson, credited with writing one of the GoGo anthems when he was with Rare Essence, “One on One”, puts it all into perspective, “You can play all of the old music that people remember and love, and you can also bring a newer vibe too with some of the newer songs. People love to hear the old music that they grew up and partied with. It takes them back.”
This family style event will feature music all afternoon and many vendors selling food, drinks, T-Shirts, candles, CDs and everything else that one might need for an afternoon of fun and beyond. There will be a moon bounce for the kids.
Show Information: Old School Music Festival located at Elks Lodge #748, 13802 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772 on Sunday, May 26, 2013 from Noon until 8:00pm featuring music from Forever Band, DJ T Dawg, Ayre Rayde, The Pumpblenders and Godfather & Friends featuring Michael Muse and Lawrence “Maniac” West. Tickets are $20 in advance by calling 240-328-3428, 202-258-4889 or 301-646-6799, Price increased at the gate. All Ages welcome.