The Past, Present and Future of Go-Go Music

The Past, Present and Future of Go-Go Music

It's the backbeat of DC, and a truly indigenous art-form.

It's been called the District's only true indigenous art-form: go-go music. It's also the music that defines the rhythm of urban life in the nation's capital. But go-go's popularity remains mostly confined to our region. We explore the past, present and future of go-go music.


Andre Johnson

Musician, Rare Essence

Anwan Glover

Musician, Backyard Band; Actor, "The Wire," "Treme"

Cherie "Sweet Cherie" Mitchell


Kip Lornell

Musicologist, George Washington University

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In this video produced by the National Visionary Leadership Project, Chuck Brown, the legendary "Godfather of Go-Go," describes how he developed and evolved Go-Go:

Director Spike Lee's film School Daze featured EU's Go Go classic Da Butt:

The group Rare Essence performs at the 2008 Stone Soul Picnic at Washington D.C.'s RFK Stadium:

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