Welcome fans of good music!

The JoGo Project is a band from Washington, DC that combines elements of Jazz, R&B, Funk, even Rock, and of course Go-Go musics to create a fresh fusion sound, soon to be known as JoGo. Go-Go music is the indigenous style of music from Washington, DC created by music legend Chuck Brown, who started as a Jazz/Blues guitar player and vocalist. Chuck was affectionately known as the "Godfather of Go-Go". Eventually he released hit songs like Bustin' Loose, It Don't Mean a Thing, Run Joe, and We Need Some Money...to name a few. DC also has a strong history of Jazz and R&B, with native legends such as Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, and Roberta Flack. The mission of The JoGo Project is to bridge these gaps, and to brings to you a fresh, healthy blend of styles that will have you bopping your head, and on the dance floor before the night's over! Founded by DC-based saxophonist and composer Elijah Balbed (who worked Chuck Brown the last year of his life), the goal of The JoGo Project is to unite cultures and communities, by introducing Jazz fans to Go-Go and vice versa, and hopefully discovering new musical territories during this journey. We hope you come along for the ride! 

In the spirit of the Godfather, the late, great Chuck Brown, we want everybody to come together as one and experience the music and vibes together. Chuck always spread love and positivity wherever he went, and we're dedicated to keeping that movement ALIVE!


Photo courtesy of Jati Lindsay

Upcoming Shows


Free concert for the DC Jazz Festival this Thursday, June 9th!! Noon-2pm

Previous events


National Cherry Blossom Festival

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Southwest Waterfront, Southwest, DC

The JoGo Project will be making it's Cherry Blossom Festival debut this year during the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival!! We open the festivities up at 1pm with an hour-long set.


w/ Dupont Brass

Bayou on Penn, 2519 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC

JoGo Project and Dupont Brass will be sharing the stage again, this time at Bayou on Penn! There two local bands are comprised primarily of Howard University graduates and both have been gaining notoriety in the DC area and beyond. Don't miss out!

JoGo - 10:30 Dupont - 11:45


City Market Holiday Tree Lighting

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City Market at O, 800 P St NW, Washington, DC

The JoGo Project returns to City Market at O for their Holiday Tree Lighting on November 28th!! Earlier this summer, the band performed for the unveiling of "Symphony in DC Major", the mural on the north side of the market in tribute to Duke Ellington, Alma Thomas, and Robert Gould Shaw.


Silvana, 300 W. 116th Street, Harlem, NY

Go-Go fans in NYC!! Come to Silvana in Harlem for a rare chance to experience DC's indigenous sound -- Go-Go! Featuring special guests JS Williams, Javier Starks, and Desiree Jordan.


Flashband Launch Party

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Eastern Market - North Hall , 225 7th St SE, Washington, DC

If you're in the DC area, join us in celebrating the launch of Flashband, a new social network geared towards musicians! The event starts at 7:30pm, and after members of The JoGo Project will host a jam session...so bring your axe, voice, tap shoes, or whatever other talent you can bring to the stage. Going to be a great night of networking and music!!

H Street Festival feat. Cecily

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H Street Main Street, H Street, NE, Washington, DC

The JoGo Project is excited to return to the H Street Festival for the second year in a row! This is one of the biggest street festivals in DC, so we are honored to be a part of it again!

FREE Age limit: All ages


Liv Nightclub w/ Lucky So & So's

Liv Nightclub, 2001 11th St NW, Washington, DC

The JoGo Project will be joining another DC-based band Lucky So & So's for a great night of music at Liv Nightclub!!


The JoGo Project @ The Pinch

The Pinch, 3548 14th St NW, Washington, DC


8pm Aaron Ginns Band (facebook.com/Ginnsmusic) 9pm Proxy States (proxystates.com) 10pm The JoGo Project

THE PINCH, 3548 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010

www.thepinchdc.com $10 admission; All Ages Admitted


Velvet Lounge w/ Gramps the Vamp (Chicago)

Velvet Lounge, 915 U St NW, Washington, DC

The JoGo Project will be joining Chicago-based Afro-Beat band Gramps the Vamp for a night of great music at Velvet Lounge! Come out and party with us in this intimate setting!

TBA Age limit: 21+


The JoGo Project in NYC!

Silvana, 300 W. 116th Street, Harlem, NY

The JoGo Project will be making it's first NYC appearance at Silvana in Harlem!! Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear Go-Go music in New York!


The JoGo Project w/ Burris Band (Baton Rouge)

Union Arts, 411 New York Ave, Washington

Unfortunately, next week's concert at Gypsy Sally's has been cancelled. The good news is that the concert has been relocated to Union Arts DC/Mousai House (411 NY Ave, NE). The JoGo Project will be joined by the Burris Band, all the way from Baton Rouge, Louisiana!!

Union Arts DC / Mousai House 411 New York Ave, NE Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

8-11pm $10 BYOB, light refreshments will be served

Doors // 7:30pm Burris Band // 8pm The JoGo Project // 9:30pm



Unveiling of "Symphony in DC Major"

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City Market at O, 800 P St NW, Washington, DC

Join us for the unveiling of a new, epic art installation right in the Shaw neighborhood of DC! Roadside Development (who developed City Market at O) along with Shaw Main Streets and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities have commissioned a large art installation, that will encompass P Street NW, between 7th and 8th Streets. That's 120 Feet Long by 16 Feet High and created by renown sculpture Zachary Oxman.

The art installation, titled "Symphony in DC Major" will pay homage to the "prolific composer and jazz musician, and DC native Edward “Duke” Ellington; neighborhood namesake and abolitionist Union Army Colonel Robert Gould Shaw; and renowned American Expressionist painter and Shaw Junior High School art teacher, Alma Thomas, whose paintings are exhibited as a part of the collections in the White House and museums around the world.

FREE Age limit: All ages


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