Special Events

Chuck Brown Tribute Day

July 7, 2012, all day, starting at 11:00 am

Presented in cooperation with the Chuck Brown Foundation, Inc., the Citified Festival program pays tribute to the “Godfather of Go-Go” through ongoing events and activities that honor Brown’s contributions to creativity and community life in D.C.

Activities include:

  • Performances by Cold Hearted Band, No Question Band, and Junkyard Band
  • GoGo Fitness—An hour-long physical workout to the sounds of go-go music led by certified instructors
  • Narrative stage session on "Go-Go Then/Go-Go Now"—Reflection on the path of go-go over the years; from traditional to bounce beat
  • Narrative stage session on "The Musical Life of Chuck and Being in the Band"—Discussion with four decades of band members from the original Soul Searchers to today's Chuck Brown Band

Read more about the Chuck Brown Foundation, Inc.

Read the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage’s appreciation of Chuck Brown and view a video of his performance at the 2000 Folklife Festival.

Watch an interview with Chuck Brown, conducted as part of the Anacostia Community Museum’s 2009 exhibition Jubilee: African American Celebration.

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Chuck Brown performing at the 2000 Folklife Festival. Photo by Anthony Brown, Smithsonian Institution