Today, the city of D.C’s flags will fly at half mast at the order of Mayor Grey as The Godfather of Go-Go is laid to rest at the Washington Convention Center. I was honored to meet, interview, introduce and have conversation with such a man as Chuck Brown.
I’ve been in D.C. for a year but around music my whole life and I have never witnessed such a love for a musician as he. His fans are not fans they are his family. His family of fans spans generations. The 75 year olds love him and claim him and the 4 year olds want to dance to him.
Chuck Brown was the true definition of a musician. Innovative, hard-working (still doing gigs 6 days a week as of this year before he fell ill), and all about entertaining the people!
Known nationally for his 1970 hit song “Bustin Loose,” he played instruments as well. Fan favorites like “Run Joe,” “Go-Go Swing,” and “Chuck Baby” are heard throughout the city coming out of cars, iPods, radio stations and CD players all night and day. And I predict this will never stop! (Check out him performing these hits below.)
If you aren’t familiar with Go-Go, you should look into it. It’s an undeniable swing with a mixture of music styles infused to simply make you move. So many bands will continue his legacy and that is the ultimate compliment. S/O to Rare Essence, Backyard Band and Black Alley Band. Look them up.
The celebrations will continue as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is laid to rest today. Every night since his passing, street celebrations pop-up everywhere! Take a look.
Dear Mr. Brown, may you rest in peace. We will be forever grateful for the music, life and lessons you brought to the world’s landscape.
Love, Peace, Respect
Chuck Brown Public Memorial Service
Thursday, May 31st
12:00 p.m. â€“ 3:00 p.m.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
For more information on today’s memorial service, or to watch it live right now, visit MyFoxDC.com.