Posts Tagged ‘Be’la Dona’

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: Fanfare Ciocărlia, A New Wine Bar, and So Much Local Music

The village of Zece Prăjini, in northeastern Romania, sits between the middle of nowhere and the Moldovan border. Which makes it the perfect locale for the world music origin story of Fanfare Ciocărlia: Discovered by a traveling German sound engineer in 1996, the band would become one of the most commercially successful Romani brass ensembles [...]

Fort Dupont and Carter Barron Announce Summer Lineups

After sequestration-related delays, the National Park Service has finally announced its abbreviated summer concert schedule at Fort Dupont and Carter Barron.
Things kick off  in late July with performances by Metropolitan Police Department band Cops Come Knockin' and go-go ensemble Be’la Dona and continue through the D.C. Blues Fest at the end of August.
One bright spot: Despite announcing [...]

Head-Roc’s Mouth: Chocolate City Rock Stars Performing Live This Weekend

An occasional feature in which esteemed D.C. rapper Head-Roc shares what’s on his mind.
With so many events popping of in D.C. week after week, deciding what to do can be overwhelming. And though I hate to admit it, I am pretty much just using Facebook to assess what’s good in D.C. area entertainment these days. Everyone [...]

ToDo ToDay: Chicago Electric Blues

The local Stacy Brooks Band is not breaking any new ground with its Chicago-style electric blues, but thanks to Brooks’ booming vocals, her group displays a timeless vitality. Brooks, a D.C. native who moved to Germany with her Army-stationed father and returned to the area in 1988, has been singing onstage since age 5, when [...]

Head-Roc’s Mouth: Go-Go Appreciation Concerts in Anacostia

An occasional feature in which esteemed D.C. rapper Head-Roc shares what’s on his mind.
Guess what Washington, D.C.? Hey, I know some of the folks in power trying to eradicate indigenous black cultural expression may not like it, but for the vast and overwhelming majority of us who are actually in love with this chocolate city, [...]

R.I.P. Go-go Pioneer Little Benny: Chuck Brown & Others Reminisce


Early Sunday morning, Washington D.C. lost one of go-go’s pioneering musicians, Anthony “Little Benny” Harley, who at age 46, according to published sources, died in his sleep, after having performed with Chuck Brown the night before at the Capitol Heights Ballroom in Capitol Heights, MD on a bill with EU, Bela Dona, and Da Mixx [...]

The Wammies: Are Good Performances and Good Intentions Good Enough?

Once again last night, the Washington Area Music Association’s 24th Annual Wammies at the State Theatre in Falls Church exhibited the inspiring and  troubling aspects of  this self-described “umbrella organization of Washington area musicians, concert promoters, lawyers, recording engineers, managers, graphic artists, and related businesses working together to address areas of common concern.” Hosted [...]

Meet All-Female Go-Go Band Be’la Dona

Last year, the all-female Be’la Dona won the WKYS Go-Go Award for best up-and-coming group. Arts Desk recently got in touch with bandleader Cherie Mitchell, who also sings with Chuck Brown, and we discussed, via e-mail, the group’s history and its upcoming plans, as well as the legacy of the all-women go-go group Pleasure and [...]