Washington Go-Go Invades SxSW

Washington Go-Go Invades SxSW

District Government and the Washington DC Economic Partnership pitched DC culture and tech start-ups at Austin’s SXSW music/film interactive festival this week. A number of DC bands performed on Tuesday, chief among them Go-Go music veterans Rare Essence, “the real story of the night,” according to Valerie Paschall:

“Chants of ‘R-A-R-Double E-S-S-E-N-C-E’ reverberated throughout the venue before the music even started and once the percussion kicked in, hands went up and feet started moving. It was a stunning moment of realization at how lucky D.C. audiences are to have this band in their backyard—Rare Essence didn’t just rule the night; the band set the bar for the entire festival.”

— “D.C. at SXSW: The Festival’s First Go-Go Show, Oddisee, and a Big Tribute to J Dilla,” Valerie Paschall, Washington City Paper


“D.C.’s Rare Essence becomes the first go-go band to play at SXSW,” Chris Richards, Washington Post


“I Ran a DC Showcase at SXSW for Seven Years. Here’s How the Government Did It.” Valerie Paschall, Washingtonian 


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