Donnell “D. Floyd” Floyd, legendary front man of Grown and Sexy Band Familiar Faces, invites the public to join him in a celebration marking his 30th anniversary as a fixture on the Go-Go scene Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 11 pm at the historic Howard Theater located at 620 T Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Floyd, who started his illustrious career with Chance Band, is easily one of the most recognizable voices and dynamic performers in the City. He later joined Rare Essence and can be heard on their chart topping hits “Work the Walls”, “Lock It!” and “Overnight Scenario”.
After developing his craft with Rare Essence, Floyd left to create 911, which later became Familiar Faces.
“I’m proud to say that I’ve been a part of a fight that has gone on for at least my 30 years and we haven’t thought about quitting,” claims Floyd.
A graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Floyd, an accomplished saxophone player, has performed alongside the legendary Chuck Brown as a member of Brown’s band and collaborated with Doug E. Fresh, Heavy D. and Redman.
As Chuck Brown got older, and Little Benny had passed away, Floyd was the natural choice to fill that premiere spot beside “Pops”, as Brown was affectionately called, hyping the crowd with the Chuck Brown Tribute Band.
Floyd shares, “Chuck told me many great pieces of advice out of his band leader rule book that I will always treasure. Chuck told me to leave the crowd… don’t wait until the crowd leaves you.”
An astute businessman, Floyd also held an interest in the Ibex Night Club and owned Kolossal Records, Kolossal Affairs and later, Q.A.D. Records with partner Quentin "Footz" Davidson, who tragically passed away in 1994. These labels launched the careers of DC Scorpio, Vinnie D. and Michelle Johnson. Johnson later changed her name to Me’Shell NdegeOcello and went on to record for Madonna’s Maverick Records.
Always in business-mode, Floyd was able to parlay his love for performing with his knowledge of business and has hosted the Go-Go Miami Take Over, a highly anticipated summer event with close to 4,000 fans converging on Miami for a 4-day weekend of performances by Familiar Faces and other bands since 2005.
Most recently, Floyd found himself onstage at both the prestigious Kennedy Center and New York’s David Rubinstein Atrium with Greg Tate’s Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber to form The Upper Anacostia- Lower Gold Coast Symphonic for a dual performance of “Drums Along the Potomac: A Global Go-Go Fantasia”.
Each day, promptly at noon, Floyd shares his “Reflections” via Facebook where he relays snippets of his journey that will culminate on the theatrical stage of the Howard Theatre on October 19th. A special set and stage that Floyd designed will be installed for the occasion.
In Reflection #3, Floyd speaks candidly about his time with Rare Essence. He reminisces “We rehearsed for days, weeks, almost the whole month. We rented Cheriy’s skating rink to practice. This was it! We were going to perform at the Capital Center for the first time! This wasn't the famous Go-Go live performance that everyone speaks of. It was the first Capital Center show! We worked out a crazy little Jackson Five routine. I can't remember how the show went, but I do know that this is when I realized my love for putting on a big show full of costumes, intros and flash! That's what made Go Go so fun back then. I wish we could return to big shows. People don't know what they're missing!”
Saturday night, there will be performances by Anwar “Big G” Glover of HBO’s The Wire, Sugar Bear of EU, Steve Roy of Suttle Thoughts, Buggs of Junkyard and Rappa along with Floyd's band Familiar Faces.
Floyd adds, “This will be just a good old fashioned show!”
Show Information: Donnell Floyd Celebrates 30 Years at The Howard Theater, 620 T Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 Doors open at 10:30 pm, Show at 11:00 pm. Tickets $27.50, $40.00 day of show.