Thursday, May 17, 2012

R.I.P. Chuck Brown


To a lot of people Chuck Brown's music (and go-go as a genre) probably sounds like craziness. A whole bunch of bongos, drums, yelling, and words you can barely understand. But if you grew up in the D.C. area in say the last decade or two or three, you know of him and the legacy he leaves behind for the D.C. music scene. I remember sneaking out with my fake ID to go see Chuck at the old D.C. Tunnel (I'm dating myself here) and Rare Essence at the Black Hole on Sunday nights, smh. Chuck's influence on the D.C. go-go scene can never be overstated but what lots of people (even those in D.C. that grew up listening to his music) don't seem to realize is that he was respected across the country (and perhaps worldwide as well) as a musician. Not just some "go-go" act from D.C. If you don't know about him, you missed out on a great musician and one hell of an entertainer. Rest in peace Chuck!

For more information about Chuck Brown, check out the links below:

Chuck Brown Dies; Fans remember DC Legend (Washington Post)

Chuck Brown (Wikipedia)

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