Photograph by Charles Steck
It’s well known that most go-go shows in the area don’t start until after 11 p.m., but on Sundays at Silver Spring’s Society Lounge, the music gets started much earlier. Team Familiar, led by former Rare Essence member Donnell D. Floyd, play three sets, starting at 7:45 p.m. with a slow-tempo jazz-funk set and finishing at 11.30 p.m. with hardcore, polyrhythmic, rap-inflected Chocolate City crankin’. The concept works, thanks to Team Familiar’s musical chops and party-starting skills. Vocalists Ms. Kim, Marquis “Quisy” Melvin, and Frank “Scooby” Sirius add a “grown and sexy” tinge to the band’s Beyoncé covers and originals alike, while D. Floyd calls out to audience members, plays sax, and directs the tight rhythm section led by legendary percussionists Milton “Go-Go Mickey” Freeman and Jammin’ Jeff Warren. Though the weekly gig runs late by some standards, a pre-midnight finish is nearly revolutionary in the world of go-go.