Posts Tagged ‘Go-Go’

What Chel’e P., “Queen of Go-Go Soul,” Meant to the Local Go-Go Scene

The well-loved singer and actress died last Tuesday.

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 [...]

Arts Roundup: Pinball Drop Edition

Netflix shakes down Maryland for more House of Cards tax breaks. [AP]
The owner of the Pinball Museum, formerly of Georgetown and Baltimore, is selling off his pinball machines. [WTOP]
Ron Moten and go-go supporters battle Prince George's County on go-go. [NBC 4]
University of Maryland to host symposium on issues in black theater. [WAMU]
The D.C. Docent chimes [...]

Arts Roundup: Up Yours, Snow Edition

Architectural firm picked to redesign Martin Luther King Jr. Library. [Housing Complex]
The prez loves his HBO drama series. [Huffington Post]
Netflix is ramping up its lobbying efforts on the Hill. [CPI via Huffington Post]
Woolly Mammoth is like, "F a snowstorm." [Post]
A new book prize honors deceased Politics & Prose co-owner Carla Furstenberg Cohen. [Post]
Ron Moten releases [...]

Trouble Funk Premieres New “Hump Day” Video

After more than 30 years in the group, Trouble Funk leader Big Tony Fisher decided his band needed something new. A fresh track, something to get them back out there. So he used the same method he's used as long as he's been in the business.
"I got the band together at rehearsal, and we start[ed] off [...]

Arts Roundup: Rock ‘n’ Roll No Rules Edition

Windian Records founder and Points drummer Travis Jackson was killed Wednesday night in a collision on Suitland Parkway. [Arts Desk]
Ron Moten rallies the go-go scene with a new community group, D.C. M.U.S.I.C. [Post]
Is there a Deep Dish reunion on the horizon? [Spin]
Because it sits on land awaiting development, Maryland polka hall Blob's Park plans to [...]

Go-Go and Classical, Together at Last

At some point, orchestra directors got it into their heads that the way to attract younger audiences was to perform collaborative concerts with hip, youthful bands like Aerosmith, Scorpions, and Styx. Cut them some slack for being a bit behind; it’s the thought that counts. They may not save classical music, but classical-rock collaborations are by [...]

Hop, Hop, and Step, Step: Doing the Chocolate City Shuffle

"Let’s hop, hop and step, step to the front three times and dip, dip." That's how vocalists of the Chocolate City Band tell us to do the band's new signature dance, the Chocolate City Shuffle. Starting with a funky keyboard and bass line, the song soon gives way to traditional go-go percussion. This is 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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