Metro Brief: Howard Theatre to host weekly series dedicated to 'Godfather of Go-Go'
Funk artist George Clinton will perform. dispatchmag.com
The Howard Theatre, along with The Chuck Brown Band, launch "Wind Me Up, Chuck! Mondays," a legacy concert series, beginning Monday, September 17.
This residency, dedicated to Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," will feature stellar collaborations between The Chuck Brown Band and a medley of artists and icons who inspired and were influenced by Chuck Brown who died last May.
For its first installment, funk innovator George Clinton will join the band which feature's Brown's daughter, KK; D Floyd; Scooby; Sweet Cherie; Kenny Kwickfoot Gross; Mighty Mo Hagans; Karlston Ice Ross; Marcus Young; Greg Boyer; Bryan Mills; and Brad Clements. Future acts and artists will be announced later this summer.
Before his passing, Brown spent decades transforming the Go-Go music scene that he created with unparalleled musicianship and legendary performances that gained fans as he toured around the world.
The music became the heartbeat of the nation's capital. As Brown put it: "We get love everywhere we go, but we always love coming home to DC. Go-Go belongs to DC."
Throughout his extensive musical career, the beloved guitarist, singer and songwriter recorded over 22 albums, eventually receiving a Grammy nomination in 2010 for his collaboration with Jill Scott and Marcus Miller.
Since Go-Go is known for its non-stop groove-laden sets, it's true to form that Brown and Soul Searcher's 1978 hit "Bustin' Loose" found a new peak in 2002 when it was sampled by rapper Nelly's hit "Hot in Herre" and then again in 2005 as the home run celebration song of the Nationals baseball team, while remaining in constant rotation on the radio, dance floor, and concert set lists.
Chuck Brown's last scheduled performance was to be at the Howard Theatre, a part of the venue's opening lineup and rebirth celebration.
Tickets for the September 17 "Wind Me Up, Chuck! Mondays: The Chuck Brown Band with George Clinton" can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets and the Howard Theatre box office. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.
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