Posts Tagged ‘Backyard Band’

This Wednesday: Watch TV-One’s Unsung Documentary on Chuck Brown

In addition to the straight facts of Brown's life and the history of go-go, the biography unearths some fascinating lesser-known tidbits.

Listen to Wale’s Wedding Anthem, “The Matrimony,” Featuring Usher

"It’s hard, you know temptation and all/Out here trying to see if my relationship’s strong"

Raheem DeVaughn on D.C.’s Entertainment Industry and Music’s “New Civil Rights Movement”

"R&B is definitely diluted. We’re in the most ratched period of R&B music ever...Far too many times, we accept what we shouldn’t instead of fighting for what we deserve."

Photographer Chip Py on the Go-Go Underground and Why He Doesn’t Put His Photos Online

"Promoters steal photos for flyers. I don’t want to work on something that I consider art and have it cut up for a flyer."

ToDo ToDay: Yung Gleesh, Judas Priestess, and DC Zinefest

Yung Gleesh is the jester of the DMV hip-hop scene. He rhymes in a barely intelligible slur, he’s prone to doing the robot in his videos, and he’s not afraid to be a goof. But just as easily as he entertains with the pants-dropping antics he displays in the hilarious “Deuce Mane” video, he delivers [...]

Chuck Brown Fans, Friends Assemble for Joyous Tribute at Howard Theatre

The day Chuck Brown died, fans gathered in front of the Howard Theatre for a sprawling candlelight vigil as outdoor speakers cranked go-go into the streets. Yesterday, on the first anniversary of his death, a more sedate celebration of Chuck’s life unfolded in front of the historic theater as WPGC played classic Chuck songs and vendors [...]

One Track Mind: Killa Cal, “Go-Go Flow”

Standout Track: Hip-hop dominates the mixtape, but the lone go-go cut, No. 17, “Go-Go Flow,” is the showstopper. Local legends Stinky Dink and Tony Blunt rhyme with Cal on a classically conga-heavy beat made by keyboardist D-Cleve of The What? Band—Cal’s previous group until he joined Rare Essence last year. The Backyard Band’s Los was [...]

Chuck Brown: A Family Affair

On Aug. 31, 2001, Chuck Brown played one of his annual birthday concerts at the 9:30 Club. It was a kind of go-go carnival; E.U., Backyard Band, and 911 opened for the Godfather. (The whole thing would later be released as a double album and DVD.) My uncle had done some legal work for Brown, so [...]

Six Go-Go Hits and the Songs That Sampled Them

Go-go doesn't usually grab headlines the way it has over the last two weeks. First, there was the news that Chuck Brown has been sidelined by pneumonia. And this week came word of a lawsuit against the Beastie Boys filed by TufAmerica, a group that oversees the rights to songs by Trouble Funk. The timing was [...]

Killa Cal + Rare Essence = Buzz

The biggest go-go bands can be like small companies: Personnel comes and goes, but the overall brand generally retains its standing. Occasionally, however, a lineup change is a Really Big Deal in go-go circles, like rapper Killa Cal's recent decision to leave the WHAT? band and take his firm verbals to Rare Essence, one of the [...]

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