Go-go works a different kind of magic when it's being performed under the stars, but it's magic nonetheless — and Floyd will have the chance to prove it when Team Familiar graces the Strathmore lawn Saturday night. Indoors, the rhythmic rush of go-go music can make you feel as if you're dancing inside a bag of microwave popcorn. Outdoors, it gives you the opportunity to two-step through a stampede without getting hurt.
Floyd has been in the game long enough to know the difference. He made his name as a member of Rare Essence but left that beloved band in 2001 to front his own group. "For fans of go-go," wrote The Washington Post's Alona Wartofsky at the time, the break was "a cultural cataclysm on par with the dissolution of the Beatles."
Fortunately, the borders among go-go bands have since grown increasingly porous, with Floyd rejoining Rare Essence for gigs here and there, while the membership of Team Familiar — originally named 911, then Familiar Faces — continues to reshuffle year after year. Like go-go itself, Team Familiar's fundamental strength is its flexibility. The players may come and go, but the beat goes on.
Show: Saturday at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Show starts at 7 p.m. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org. Free.