Posts Tagged ‘Go-Go’

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 [...]

Listen: On “4G,” Mambo Sauce Vents About the State of Go-Go

Go-go is in peril. Once the city's dominant genre, it's being pushed out to venues in Prince George's and Charles counties. Any go-go band could tell you that promoters are increasingly shying away from it, partly because of the genre's reputation for attracting violence. And as gentrification continues to take hold, there's an uncertainty facing [...]

Arts Roundup: Rest In Peace Edition

Go-go drummer and MedStar Washington Hospital Center employee Melvin "Butch" Lewis has died after exposure to Freon gas on the job. [TMOTTGoGo] [Post]
Rest in peace, local jazz great Butch Warren. [Arts Desk]
Ford's Theatre's The Laramie Project moves its remaining shows to a downtown church. [Arts Desk]
Park Police shut down the Sunday drum circle in Meridian Hill [...]

Arts Roundup: Crank & Groove Edition

New contemporary art gallery, Catalyst Projects, coming to Brookland's Monroe Street Market. [Post]
Thursday evening, a Falls Church auction house will auction off a rare batch of archival D.C. photos taken by Theodor Horydczak, whose images of 1920s-1950s D.C. are also housed at the Library of Congress. [Post]
National Symphony Orchestra extends the contract of NSO Pops Conductor [...]

Arts Roundup: Wale’s “Kinda New to Sushi” Edition

Wale, restaurant critic! [DCist]
Indian embassy purchases the long-vacant historic post office building on U Street NW, planning to turn it into a cultural center. [U Street Dirt]
D.C.'s classical music world does pretty well by women—at least relatively speaking, reports Anne Midgette. [Post]
Politics & Prose launches a new series of paid cocktail-style events with authors. [Politics [...]

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