U Street Movie Series Kicks Things Off With Marley, Petey and Chuck

The U Street Movie Series will kick off next (June 18) Wednesday with the 2012 documentary “Marley”. The once-monthly film series “meant to honor the musical  and culturally diverse roots of the Greater U Street Corridor” takes place at the Harrison Recreation Center (1300 V Street NW).  Films begin at sundown. For July 16, they will be showing the movie that told the story of DC’s own Petey Greene, “Talk To Me” which starred Don Chedle and DC’s own Taraji P. Henson. And for the for August 20, the concert movie “Chuck Brown: Put Your Hands Up!”, which along with … Continue reading U Street Movie Series Kicks Things Off With Marley, Petey and Chuck

Proper Utensils: We Zoom Zoom Zoomed 20 Years Ago

20 years ago, a new band stepped out of the woodshed.  And with a little help that served as a little push from a local radio deejay, they blew up on the go-go scene with the quickness.  The name of the band:  Proper Utensils. This project was the result of a merge consisting of former members from for already established bands, Rare Essence, Little Benny and The Masters, AM/FM, and Hot Cold Sweat.  And although this was the second coming of James Funk’s Proper Utensils brand, the members were all different this go round.  They consisted of: James Funk, Little … Continue reading Proper Utensils: We Zoom Zoom Zoomed 20 Years Ago

Vintage Clip of Maxx Kidd and Konan Discussing Go-Go Failed Attempts With Local Radio

In this episode of Powerhouse, Konan showcases clips of an interview he shared with Maxx Kidd regarding Go-Go music and its failed attempts at building relationships with the local radio stations. This episode also includes an interview with Roland, as well as a video presented by Maxx entitled “DC Don’t Stand for Dodge City,” featuring Chuck Brown, Little Benny, Sugar Bear and Andre ‘Whiteboy’ Johnson. WATCH CLIP BELOW; Continue reading Vintage Clip of Maxx Kidd and Konan Discussing Go-Go Failed Attempts With Local Radio

PowerHouse Interview With Little Benny & Jas Funk 1993 [VIDEO]

In 1993, just as the go-go band Proper Utensils took the city by storm with the go-go version of the single “Rump Shaker,” two of the band’s strong forces, James Funk and Little Benny, sat down with (the original host of WOL’s go-go show), Konan’s program “PowerHouse”, and talked about how the band began, as well as their history together and their views on the future of go-go. Video in two parts. PART ONE: PART TWO: MAKE YOUR COMMENT VIA FACEBOOK BELOW: Continue reading PowerHouse Interview With Little Benny & Jas Funk 1993 [VIDEO]

At 74 years young, Chuck Baby still gives a F… | DC Local Music Examiner

By Andrea Jill Greenleigh DC Local Music Examiner The title of the new CD/DVD 3 disc set by legendary pioneer of the Go-Go genre, Chuck Brown, is We Got This.  If the “we” is Brown and his band, then they sure do.   In this set, the Godfather of Go-Go, not only gives us live performances on one of the CDs and the DVD, but he also delivers five new studio cuts as well. READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE Continue reading At 74 years young, Chuck Baby still gives a F… | DC Local Music Examiner

Little Benny Way: Making The Street Official

Photo by Gerald Evans Photography During the Homegoing Service for Go-Go Legend Little Benny, Mayor Fenty announced that motion was in route to have a street named after Benny.  Well, on Saturday August 7, 2010, that motion will come into effect.  On that evening from 12:pm until 2:00pm and event will be on 9th & U Street, NW Washington DC in commemoration of Little Benny, and naming the street after him.  This event will be open to the public, so plan to be there early. Continue reading Little Benny Way: Making The Street Official

Little Benny’s Last Masters – “We’re Gonna Miss You” [VIDEO]

Reo Edwards and Future Records has release some never before seen footages of Little Benny and The (Last) Masters during rehearsal sessions.  This video clip plays in conjuction with a newly recorded single entitled “We’re Gonna Miss U” recorded by The Last Masters.  The players on this single consists of Jas. Funk, Sugar Bear, Michael Muse, Scotty Haskel, Mighty Moe, Lil Mike, Stephon Woodland-Bey, Sterling Russ, Dave Gussom, J.T., Derrick Lavar, and Squeak…  to be released soon on Reo Records. WATCH VIDEO CLIP BELOW: Continue reading Little Benny’s Last Masters – “We’re Gonna Miss You” [VIDEO]

A City’s Candle Light Vigil Love for Little Benny [via DeeJay Rico]

On Wednesday, June 2, 2010, a special part of the Washington DC culture shared an evening with the family of Anthony “Little Benny” Harley during a candle light gathering, sharing in music and words their love and heartfelt memories of the DC Icon. During that evening, a proclimation was made by DC Mayor Adrian Fenty to make June 2 “Little Benny Day” in the Washington DC area.  As well, the funeral arrangements was noted and well be held at the Washington DC Convention Center on Friday, June 11 from 9:00am to 12:00 noon. Below are video moments of this evening … Continue reading A City’s Candle Light Vigil Love for Little Benny [via DeeJay Rico]

Little Benny Vigil Tonight at Ballou

There will be a tribute to go-go pioneer Little Benny tonight at Ballou High School. (Thomas Sayers Ellis) By Sarah Godfrey – WashingtonPost.com Family members, friends and fans of Anthony “Little Benny” Harley, who passed away Sunday, will gather at Ballou Senior High School tonight at 7 p.m. to honor the go-go pioneer. The tribute to Harley, a Ballou alum, will feature a performance by the Ballou Marching Band. Those who can’t make it to the vigil, but still want to look back at Harley’s life and music, should check out the amazing multimedia tribute at TMOTTGOGO.com. Kevin “Kato” Hammond, … Continue reading Little Benny Vigil Tonight at Ballou

Backyard Band – Big G’s Birthday Celebration @ Club U – 2003 [ a TMOTT DVD Magazine Excerpt ]

This is an excerpt taken from the TMOTTGoGo DVD Magazine — 2003. Backyard Band Live @ Club U – 2003 It was Anwan “Big G” Glover’s Birthday Celebration. The band had jumped into the old school RE “Roll Call” groove and was honored with a guest appearance by legends Jas. Funk & Little Benny, who paid tribute to the Ghetto Prince. TMOTTGoGo DVD Magazine was originally released in 2003. This was the only DVD Magazine released by TMOTTGoGo, as well as the very first Go-Go DVD Magazine to ever be released. More clips to come. Continue reading Backyard Band – Big G’s Birthday Celebration @ Club U – 2003 [ a TMOTT DVD Magazine Excerpt ]

EU “I Confess”

Riding on the success of “Da Butt,” EU, originally known as Experience Unlimited, created a dance sensation, thanks to Spike Lee’s School Daze movie.  This in turn lead to the release of the 1989 album, “Livin’ Large.”  While many songs on the lp would appeal to hardcore funk fans, it was actually the videos of songs such as “Buck Wild” and the above video clip, “I Confess” that really captured the true energetic and sometimes crazy style of their live shows.  This in turn earned them a large following in the late ’80s, as well as the ability to be … Continue reading EU “I Confess”