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 [...]
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Responding to criticism, the Kennedy Center changes its selection process for the Kennedy Center Honors. [Arts Desk]
Where to find Chuck Brown public art around the city [Curbed D.C.]
An interview with Andre "Whiteboy" Johnson in advance of last night's Chuck Brown memorial concert at the Howard Theatre [WTOP]
Captain America: The Winter Soldier shut down streets in [...]
Chuck Brown died one year ago today, on May 16, 2012.
We have no way of knowing how many block parties, go-gos, and barbecues have been held in Brown’s honor since then. But at least a few major tributes to Brown have emerged in the last year, some of them with more staying power than others.
Ital’s DJ work is good enough not to necessitate any live-show frills, but the man puts on an impressive footwork display. When he performed at DC9 in September, he stomped and slid like an aquaphobe caught in a rainstorm behind his table of gear. His shimmying showed a visible passion far more entertaining than [...]
Fledgling go-go rapper Craig Rosen of D.C.’s Static Disruptors will never forget what go-go godfather Chuck Brown said when Rosen asked him to produce his first record. "I had a cassette of 'D.C. Groove' and offered it to [Brown]. He told me, 'If I take that tape and put it in my pocket, the females are [...]
For once, you don’t have to trek to National Harbor to see world-class circus performers: The Intersections Festival is bringing an evening of big-tent entertainment to the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE. The center ring event, “Magic in the Air,” will showcase local acrobats twisting in silks and spinning in suspended hoops, [...]
The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities announces a screening of the documentary Straight Up Go-Go, paired with a live performance by Rare Essence, at the Lincoln Theatre Feb. 22. [Art 202]
AFI Silver Theatre adds another showing of The Legend of Cool 'Disco' Dan. [Post]
Virginia Democrats want you to read Republican Attorney General Ken [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Bob Mould talks about reconciling being an indie-rocker and a gay DJ. [Pitchfork]
David Letterman is no fan of awards shows, but he'll show up at the Kennedy Center Honors anyway. [Post]
D.C. native Rachel Grady discusses her newest documentary, Detropia. [Washingtonian]
Set your memory in motion: Watch this footage of Rare Essence's 31st anniversary concert from 2010. [TMOTTGoGo]