Posts Tagged ‘Chuck Brown’

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.

Kato Hammond, Go-Go’s De Facto Historian, Remembers His Roots—and Go-Go’s, Too

Since founding TMOTTGoGo as an AOL webpage in 1996, Hammond has been a voice for an undersung homegrown genre.

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."

Marion Barry in Six Songs

From Wale's "Black Heroes" to Barry's preferred karaoke track and his rap on Chuck Brown's "Go-Go Drug Free"

Bustin’ Ground: Chuck Brown Park vs. Other Musical Memorials

Chuck Brown’s already gotten a street dedicated to his memory (the 1900 block of 7th Street NW) and soon, another physical landmark will bear his name: Chuck Brown Park formally opens on Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. How does it compare to other public spaces built in honor of local music icons? Check out our [...]

Chuck Brown’s Last Album of New Music Drops in August

It's been more than two years since D.C. lost Chuck Brown, but his legacy here is as tangible—and audible—as ever. Heightened policing and unfriendly regulations are making it harder to see go-go in an official venue, but it's an ever-present sound on the streets, especially in summer, bounding from car windows and wafting through open storefront doors. The city's heart [...]

Listen: Christylez Bacon, Hip-Hop UnPlugged

You've probably seen Christylez Bacon even if you didn't know it was him. His picture was emblazoned on the Convention Center for a while. Or maybe you've seen Bacon peddle his bike through the city en route to a gig.
Then there's the ensemble: He looks like a member of the Jackson 5 and dresses like Andre 3000. He's a [...]

The King of Bounce Beat: How Polo Brought Go-Go Into the 21st Century

In 2003, the best place to find Polo was onstage at nightclubs across the D.C. area—but if you showed up early to the go-go, you might’ve found him in the parking lot, taking a nap. I first met TCB’s lead talker that year, outside of the old Deno’s Metro Club on Bladensburg Road NE, when [...]

Remembering the Great D.C. Drummer Ricky “Sugarfoot” Wellman

E.U. vocalist Gregory "Sugar Bear" Elliot doesn't mince words when asked to reflect on Ricky “Sugarfoot” Wellman, the former Chuck Brown drummer who died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 23. "He was the best drummer the city ever had," Elliot says. "Not just go-go, all the way around. He played with Carlos Santana and Miles Davis. He was a [...]

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