To Teach That Go-Go Beat in DC Public Schools

Teachers, Authors, and Musicians comment on images and quotes during the Gallery Walk at the Teach the Beat: Go-Go in DC (Feb. 16) seminar co-hosted by Teaching for Change, DC Public Schools, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the authors of The Beat!  At this full day seminar for teachers,  leading luminaries in the world of go-go engaged in dialogue and held a series of workshops with the participants. Here is an article about the day in The Washington Post: A Seminar on Bringing the Go-Go Sound To DC Public Schools [post_view] Continue reading To Teach That Go-Go Beat in DC Public Schools

Top 15 Most Significant 2012 Moments That Affected The Go-Go Community

Gathering all the news and events that TMOTTGoGo has reported to you in the entire year of 2012, we have compiled a timeline of what has been noted as the 15 most significant, in chronological order. Click on the titles below to revisit the pieces.   TMOTTGoGo Launches Radio Station (January 2012) Y’anna Crawley – 2012 Stellar New Artist Winner (January 2012) Killa Cal NOW with Rare Essence (January 2012) Sugar Bear, Be’la Dona, Sweet Cherie, Godisheus, Black Alley Take Home The Wammies! (February 2012) Ayre Rayde Reunion  (March 2012) PROJECT 360 – Battle of the Beltway WINNERS! (April 2012) … Continue reading Top 15 Most Significant 2012 Moments That Affected The Go-Go Community

Go-Go Music in Central Texas

Go-Go Music Comes to Central Texas via KOOP Radio and the Pocket Beats Show AUSTIN, TX., Oct 19, 20011 –  91.7 KOOP (pronounced koh-op) radio, a  community radio station in Austin Texas owned and operated by its members, announced that they have added the show “Pocket Beats” to their online program schedule.  Aaron Bryant, the host of the Pocket Beats show, will be streaming live online Wednesday nights from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm CST at www.koop.org. Pocket Beats will explore Go-Go music which is a sub-genre of music associated with R & B/Funk and has its origins in Washington … Continue reading Go-Go Music in Central Texas

A Little Bit of SKUNKFUNK from 32

Presenting a video and tune that somehow went under the radar, this clip showcases lyrical skills of 32 as he delivers.  Funny thing is… I have no idea who the hell the band playing the music is, and looking at the some of the scenery, I’m guessing the some of it was filmed at BayStreet.  So… why am I posting this joint?  Because regardless of who the band is, the joint Cranks like a mug and need to be pushed. CHECK OUT VIDEO CLIP BELOW: Continue reading A Little Bit of SKUNKFUNK from 32

Stepping Inside of a Pocket that Reveals THE Pocket

Nena Brown Writer View all of Nena’s Articles . . ——————————————————————– Posted up on MLK avenue SE, sipping pinot grigio out of a plastic cup, I put my pinky up in celebration of the fancy, bright and artsy atmosphere inside the Gallery of Vivid Solutions. Welcome to the unveiling of (Un)Lock It:  the Percussive People in the Go-Go Pocket by Thomas Sayers Ellis, a collection of Go-Go related photographs, related paraphernalia and posters.   They say a picture is worth a thousand words; how do you begin to translate a phenomenal exhibit of sporadic, tasteful, but candid photographs spanning years of … Continue reading Stepping Inside of a Pocket that Reveals THE Pocket

Evolution of Go-Go at the Anacostia Museum – Yessir… Go-Go’s About To Be Taught In The Schools

The Go-Go Beat in Washington, D.C.: Workshop and Teacher Curricula Meeting Workshop for All Ages and Meeting for Teachers on The Evolution of the Go-Go Beat in Washington, D.C. Saturday, July 9, 2011 Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum 1901 Fort Place, SE 20020 www.anacostia.si.edu 1- 3 p.m. Discussion and Performance on the Evolution of the Go-Go Beat in Washington, D.C. Charles Stephenson and Kip Lornell, co-authors of The Beat! Go-Go Music from Washington, DC, present the history of Go-Go music in the nation’s capital. Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliot of EU discusses his story and tells how Go-Go led him to the … Continue reading Evolution of Go-Go at the Anacostia Museum – Yessir… Go-Go’s About To Be Taught In The Schools

The Drummer’s Beat: Ju Ju House, The Legend Speaks – [DC Local Music Examiner]

By Andrea Jill Greenleigh DC Local Music Examiner . ——————————————————————– When William “Ju Ju” House was six years old, he picked up his first set of drumsticks to play drums at his father’s church.  Coming from a musical family, his grandfather played guitar for the church band and Ju Ju’s father played drums, saxophone and bass.  Ju Ju, the name for which he is known, watched his father play with the greats including Otis Redding and James Brown and knew that he would follow in his father’s footsteps.  And Ju Ju’s own son would follow in his playing with the … Continue reading The Drummer’s Beat: Ju Ju House, The Legend Speaks – [DC Local Music Examiner]

You can help the history and culture of Go-Go to be Added and Taught in the School Curriculum

TEACH THE BEAT (with your help) Overall Goals: To develop 10 standards-based, interactive and field-tested lesson units that can be used in high school social studies, language arts, amth, music, and/or DC History classes. Scope: Process: A project coordinator with curriculum development and teaching experience and a team of teacher consultants (practicing teachers in the disciplines listed above) will develop and field test lessons in the DC Public schools that can be shared online via www.thebeatisgogo.com Lesson qualities: The Understanding by Design Framework and critical pedagogy will guide the development of the lessons.  In other words, the lessons will promote … Continue reading You can help the history and culture of Go-Go to be Added and Taught in the School Curriculum

Wingsworld captures the DMV experience on film [Examiner]

By Sidney Thomas | DC Music Examiner Wings “Wingsworld” Davidson is one of Washington DC’s most prolific videographers. Wings specializes in filming local go-go bands and hip-hop artists, but his video portfolio also contains camera work for the Washington Redskins, the University of Maryland football program, and the 2010 BET Awards. Wings usually keeps a hectic schedule, but he took off a little time to talk with the Examiner about his cinematic adventures. ST: How did you become interested in videography? Wings: I got into videography as a hobby. I used to go to the Goodman League summer basketball games (at that time … Continue reading Wingsworld captures the DMV experience on film [Examiner]

Chuck Brown and Raheem DeVaughn Headline Vincent Gray’s Inaugural Gala [Examiner]

By Sidney Thomas | DC Music Examiner DC Mayor Vincent Gray celebrated his inauguration with a little help from R&B superstar Raheem DeVaughn and the “Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown. The inaugural gala capped an entire day of events which included a interfaith prayer service, and the official mayoral swearing-in ceremony. The gala was held at the Washington Convention Center, and co-hosted by Big Tigger (WPGC) and Jamie Foster Brown (Sister 2 Sister magazine). The evening kicked off with performances by The Yvonne Johnson Jazz Trio, the Style Band, DJ James Funk, and DJ Rico Anderson. Raheem DeVaughn was up … Continue reading Chuck Brown and Raheem DeVaughn Headline Vincent Gray’s Inaugural Gala [Examiner]

The Historical TMOTTGoGo Community Forum Board is NO MORE!!!

The historical TMOTTGoGo Community Forum Board is NO MORE!!! Gone just like the Washington Coliseum. Gone just like the Maverick Room. Gone just like Triples. Gone just like the Capital Center. Gone just like the Metro Club. Gone just like the Ibex. Gone just like Atlantic Gardens. Gone just like the Club LeBaron. Gone just like Moonlight Inn. Just like Wilmer’s Park. Gone just like the Oak Tree. Gone just like The Black Hole. Gone just like the Celebrity Hall. Gone like the Chapter II and then the Chapter III. Gone just like The Club House. Gone just like Crystal … Continue reading The Historical TMOTTGoGo Community Forum Board is NO MORE!!!