Examiner: March 15, 2012
This Saturday night, March 17 will mark the date for the most highly anticipated reunion in music in the Washington, DC area. The Original Ayre Rayde will take the stage at Camelot by Martin’s in support of the non-profit Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education (F.A.M.E.), founded by Toni Lewis, and the deserving students who will directly benefit from this performance. The event will be held from 9pm until 2am.
The fundraiser will feature performances by F.A.M.E. students as well as AJ Musik, an up and coming R&B/Pop artist from Philadelphia who will be performing his single “Over Us” and who is managed by former Ayre Rayde member, Marlin Wiggins. La’Rez, an artist from Capitol Heights, Maryland who is with Nu Globe Entertainment will also be performing as well as nationally known recording artist, Vinnie D., who will be performing his hit ‘$55 Motel’ and some of his new music as well. The featured act, Ayre Rayde, will also premiere their newest single, “Cookie Jar”. The event will be hosted by TMOTTRadio.com personality, Go-Go Michelle.
Ayre Rayde, who came into prominence in 1986 with their hit song, “Sock it to Me” has some very distinguished alumni including District Six County Council Member for Prince George’s County, Maryland, Derrick Leon Davis who, in his musical career as a saxophone player, goes by the name “China Boogie”.
Councilmember Davis shares, “I’m mainly looking forward to getting a chance to honor a tremendous friend in the best way we could’ve thought of– throwing an enormous party that also benefits others! I’m looking forward to playing ‘Special Hello to all Our Friends’.”
The friend that Davis refers to is the co-founder and manager of Ayre Rayde, Daryl M. Spencer who sadly passed away in July 2011. Ayre Rayde and F.A.M.E. joined forces for this benefit and have created a scholarship in the name of Daryl M. Spencer. Always willing to give back to the community, this event is indicative of the reputation of Ayre Rayde. An event of this magnitude and dedication as well as the anticipation by fans for this reunion to finally occur will certainly generate a substantial amount of money, but the band has chosen to utilize this reunion to assist the youth via F.A.M.E. Read More