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The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe

XPN2 - Jingle Jams

XPN's own Kris Kringle, (Robert Drake) is presenting a unique mix of seasonal songs celebrating both the holiday and winter seasons.

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Join the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

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24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

Rare Essence On World Cafe

Go-go is an offshoot of funk that combines elements of R&B, hip-hop and blues. Rare Essence, the Washington D.C. pioneers of go-go, bring the get-down to World Cafe.
Rare Essence has been waving the flag for go-go music for four decades. So, what is go-go music? Not to be confused with go-go dancing or go-go boots, go-go music is an offshoot of funk that combines elements of R&B, hip-hop and blues. It's built live thanks to the audience and the band feeding off one another's energy. Fans frequently sing lines back during the show. And those shows are at their most intense in Washington D.C., go-go's birthplace and home. There, Chuck Brown, leader of The Soul Searchers and the man credited as the godfather of the genre, created a vibrant culture of go-go in the 1970s.

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