Lead Talker/ Vocalist
Steven Roy Jr is a singer/rapper/songwriter for Still Familiar. He's been in numerous bands in the metropolitan area using his experience to sharpen his craft. Steven has shared the stage with the likes of, Lil Mo, Chico DeBarge, Mario, J. Holiday, Stevie Wonder and more.
When he's not on stage or somewhere writing and trying to figure out how to propel the band to the next level, he's most likely watching every horror movie ever made.
The young and gifted singer/songwriter was given to this world on Oct 4th, in the 1980's. Born in Cleveland, Ohio LaKindra started her music venture at the tender age of 3 years old, singing in church with her grandparents, competing in local talent searches, and participating in one of Cleveland's most renowned talent agencies, The Karamu House. LaKindra created a buzz performing around town with Cleveland's Show Wagon and recorded her first single " Second To None" at age 11. She then went on to be a first place act on the Apollo and also the opening act for The O'jays and Gerald Levert. She also sang for Mayor Michael R Whites Annual Clam Bait from which she received a proclamation declaring September 24th LaKindra Pierce Day! All this before the age of 12!
In 1996 Lakindra and her family moved to the DMV area where she grew up in the N.E. parts and graduated from Roper Middle School and Suitland H.S. During her school years she participated in the BET youth choir and also Youth In Praise choir directed by Mr Gerald T. Smith. It wasn't difficult for her to pick up where she left off in her musical venture. As of her 9th grade year of High School she was discovered by and signed with music mogul Kima of Bad Boy's girl group Total. Being Kima's first artist opened the doors for many opportunities such as working with recording and writing alongside singer/actress Raven Symone, DC's own Mya, and some very well known producers and songwriters from the DC area. She further went on to work under Squirt Ent. where she had songs placed singing background on J.Lo's This Is Me Then album in 2002 and a song placed in the remake of Fat Albert Movie in 2004.
Growing up in the D.C. area LaKindra Shane'a was able to be a part of the DMV's most prize possession and unique music genre, Go-Go. She started her venture in the Go-Go community shortly after graduating high school. Starting out with the Raw Image Band and later becoming a member of the good Suttle Thoughts Band. Moving on to further her Go-Go experience with the Legendary D. Floyd and Go-Go Mickey in Team Familiar, to the newly renounced “Still Familiar” with whom she presently performs on a weekly basis. LaKindra has a unique neo-hip-hop-jazz-soul sound that has been compared to no other. Her vocal ability is Raw, but pure and brings chills to most. She has a very wide and eclectic range of musical influences that include old school and New music. She has certainly been working at her craft for quite some time and has no doubt and is a firm believer that music lives forever inside of everyone! it is the one thing that everybody loves whether its classical, jazz hip-hop and r&b or gospel. It is one thing that will always inspire people and that is the mission that LaKindra Shane'a has set out to reach.
Milton “Go-Go Mickey” Freeman is a DC Go-Go legend and is known for his fast hands on congas and for his raw beats that have become a staple for many area conga players. Freeman won “Congo Player of the Year” in 2006 at the first Go-Go Awards presented by Washington DC radio station WKYS, and again in 2007, keeping the Backyard Band from sweeping every category in which they were nominated. In addition, Freeman has won two individual “Wammies” from the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) and five as a member of Rare Essence along with a spot in AMA’s Hall of Fame.
Counting percussionist and Prince protégé Sheila E. as an inspiration, Freeman was also inspired by local legends Jungle Boogie and Ricky “Sugarfoot” Wellman. He joined Reality Band in 1980 and followed that with stints in Redds & the Boys, Ayre Rayde, and several other go-go groups, before joining Essence in 1984 and rising to legend status.
Freeman recently reunited with several former Rare Essence band members and joined the Go-Go group Familiar Faces. Mickey can be seen performing four nights a week with Familiar Faces at venues throughout the DC area. When he is not performing, Freeman is likely to pop up at local venues to catch other Go-Go bands and can often be persuaded to get on stage and play the congas.
Currently, Freeman offers percussion lessons and is working on a project with his sons Mickey and BJ.
Jeffrey “Jammin Jeff” Warren is a well-known Washington, DC area artist and entrepreneur who is passionate about music and superior entertainment. Jeff began playing the drums at the age of 13 with his high school jazz band. During that time, he also formed his own Go-Go band, “Total Grove,” and the band competed his high school talent shows. Throughout his senior year, Jeff played with a few other Go-Go bands called “Quality Band” and “Hot Cold Sweat.” He attended Prince George’s Community College, enrolling in music theory to position himself with both a musical talent and education. Jeff hit his stride in the early 90’s when he began playing with more popular Go-Go bands in the Washington, DC area. He is best known for his role as the drummer for the now defunct “North East Groovers Band (NEG).” Although the members of NEG eventually went separate ways, Jeff’s love of music did not fade.
At the turn of the millennium, Jeff took his talents into the Gospel music sector. He began playing the drums for the music ministries of several of the DC area mega churches. This afforded Jeff the opportunity to work with some of the nation’s most renowned Gospel artists and preachers such as T.D. Jakes, Kirk Franklin, Steve Lawrence, Shirley Caesar and KiKi Sheard. In 2001, Jeff formed his own gospel Go-Go band called “Krazy Praise,” which was commissioned to perform at countless churches and community events. Seemingly well-accomplished at this point in his career, Jeff’s journey in music was truly just beginning.
Shifting his focus to the DC area’s entertainment promotion scene, Jeff founded New Level Entertainment (NLE), in 2003. Born from a passion to innovate the DC area’s music and entertainment industries, NLE began producing inventive and quality live entertainment services. The first project formed under the New Level Entertainment roster was called “The Band.” The Band infused a mix of Go-Go, Jazz, Hip Hop, R&B, and Pop music. Because of their musical diversity, Jeff and The Band quickly became a hit and were commissioned to perform at many prestigious events in the Washington, DC area. In 2011, Jeff expanded the New Level Entertainment brand into live show promotions. Working with celebrities such as Marsha Ambrosius, Ledisi, Q of the popular 90’s R&B group 112, and the band DysFunksional Creed, his goal was to provide the area with celebrity entertainment on a five start level.
In the present day, Jeff has further expanded the New Level Entertainment brand into the fields of music production, publishing and artist representation under the JW Music Worldwide division. Jeff is also part owner and the drummer a popular Go-Go band known as “Still Familiar” (formerly Familiar Faces and formerly Team Familiar). Jeff co-produced Still Familiar’s first single titled “Give You the World” with Grammy nominated producer Chucky Thompson. Jeff has proved himself to be a talented producer, song writer, percussionist and entertainment mogul. His heart will always be in Go-Go, yet his future is set to blaze new trails in all genres and styles of music and entertainment.
Curtis “Kirky” Rice Jr., GoGo Percussionist and CEO of Married 2 Da Game Entertainment, one of the top entertainment companies in GoGo in the DMV area, was born and raised in Southeast, Washington, DC in April 1979. His interest in music started at Randle Highlands Elementary School, where he joined the marching band, and his failed attempt at learning the trumpet quickly turned into a passion for the snare drum.
In the Hine Junior High School Marching Band was where it all set in for Curtis, under the guidance of Mr. Edward Anderson. Curtis began on the tenor drum, moved on to playing the Quads, then eventually became the Drum Major, leading the school marching band. At Hine is where he received his first taste of the “GoGo beat”. Surrounded by fellow peers in the Side Show band and the OP Tribe band, he became intrigued with wanting to be a part of a GoGo band, and in the 90’s, GoGo was the music trend of the DMV area.
Curtis, aka “Kirky”, became a member of his neighborhood GoGo band, Young Trouble, inspired by a family member of Tony Fisher, a lead talker of the legendary Trouble Funk band. Young Trouble performed at neighborhood functions, local recreation centers, and a few night clubs, and had a sound that became a major introduction to Kirky’s breakthrough into GoGo. His marching band experience curved his young teen percussionist’s sound, as he later began to study the sounds of major GoGo artists, including Winko of Junkyard Band, Dig Dug of Northeast Groovers, Bo Jack of Rare Essence, and Sauce of Backyard Band.
Young Trouble ended in the late 90’s, and after that time, Kirky played in various bands, including Pure Elegance Band, Hot Profit Band, and later Elevation Band, where he gained most of his recognition in GoGo. He later received a call from DaMixx Band, where he was introduced into the “big scene” of GoGo, and shared the stage alongside great GoGo artists 32, Stomp, and Smoke, D Lee, Keyboard Chris, and a host of other great talents.
After years of performing with DaMixx Band, Kirky received a call from the legendary Donnell Floyd, Jr. for an opportunity to fill in for Bo Jack of Familiar Faces, the hottest grown-and-sexy band in the city at that time. This experience eventually led to opportunities to perform with Rare Essence, Suttle Thoughts, and various other bands, and then later to become a member of the All-Star band called The ATEAM, also known as ATEAM Producer’s Group, which is the official back line band for GoGo All-Star performances and several national artists.
Kirky’s GoGo career continued to grow, and as he continued to fill in for various other bands in the DMV area, this soon led to him performing on stage at one of the biggest GoGo shows ever, “D. Floyd – The Final Show”, which was held at The Anthem in DC and included legendary artists Stevie Wonder, Doug E. Fresh, Ledisi, Raheem DeVaughn, Kenny Sway, Tao formally of Dru Hill, and a host of other GoGo all-stars and bands.
Curtis “Kirky” Rice Jr. has also performed alongside other amazing artists including, Sheila E., CeeLo Green, Carl Thomas, Keke Wyatt, Lil’ Mo, 8Ball, and Yukmouth, and with other GoGo bands, including EU (Experience Unlimited), Northeast Groovers, Elevation Band, R&S Project, Pure Elegance Band, Hot Profit Band, and CCB (Critical Condition Band), and a host of GoGo All-Stars and DMV performers on the rise. He also managed the Deep Impact Band, multi-winner of “Battle of the Beats” on 95.5 and a winner of the bounce beat “Battle of the Bands”.
Kirky now performs with Still Familiar, the band formally known as Familiar Faces, alongside the great Steve Roy, Jammin Jeff, GoGo Mickey, Kinjee, Michael Arnold, Sean Geason, and Tao formally of Dru Hill.
Sean Geason has been playing Lead and Bass guitar for over 20 years. His first playing experience was with his high school band playing Bass guitar on the sidelines with the marching band. From high school, he moved on to Hampton University. There he played Lead guitar with the Hampton University Jazz band. During his tenure there, Sean was fortunate to perform with such greats as The Count Basie Orchestra, Lionel Ritchie, Gladys Knight and others. After two years at Hampton, Sean transferred to Bowie State University. At Bowie, he also performed with their Jazz band.
In 1996, Sean joined a contemporary jazz band named Key Element. This unit consisted of Vinton Jones on drums, Elliott Fields Jr. on saxophone, and Keith Brannon on keys. During their 24 month tenure, they recorded one single, "Funky Summertime", which stayed on charts for 8 weeks straight. About 5 months later, Sean started his own jazz group simply named "The Sean Geason Project".
Since that time, Sean has been blessed to share the stage with many artists including Will Downing, Kem, Fantasia, Maysa, Jeffrey Osborne, Gerald Albright, Najee, Jean Carne, Michael Henderson, Nancy Wilson, Glenn Jones, Regina Belle, Chante Moore, Kenny Lattimore, Ledesi, Lalah Hathaway, Vicki Winans, BeBe Winans, Spur of the Moment and many others.
The Sean Geason Project continues to perform 6 to 8 times a month. They are available for weddings, receptions, parties, and other private engagements. Sean also serves as bassist for R&B band, Still Familiar.