The JoGo Project is an ensemble of musicians who all come from different backgrounds to create a fresh fusion sound that appeals both to the mind and the body. Founded in 2014 by Chuck Brown alumnus Elijah Balbed, the group features several other DC natives as well as graduates from Howard University who have since claimed DC as their home. Currently working on their Debut EP, The JoGo Project brings has been known to bring audiences on their feet, so if you come to a show be ready to dance!


What is Go-Go?

Go-Go music is the indigenous genre from Washington, DC created by the legendary Chuck Brown, known as the "Godfather of Go-Go". It is known for its steady beat, heavy percussion, and most notably for crowd participation via call and response. Go-Go in DC like Reggae in Jamaica or Bossa Nova in Brazil. It's the sound of the city!


What is JoGo?

In addition to a band, JoGo is a concept. It's continuing the tradition that Chuck Brown started of taking jazz standards, pop covers, and even movie themes and putting them over a Go-Go beat. Jazz + Go-Go = JoGo!


How was the band formed?

The band was formed by saxophonist Elijah Balbed as a culmination of his residency at Strathmore in May of 2014. Elijah was fortunate to perform with the late Mr. Chuck Brown for the last year of The Godfather's life, which inspired Elijah to continue Chuck's legacy by starting a group of his own.


Venues/Festivals Performed:

  • Funk Parade
  • H Street Festival
  • Blues Alley
  • Velvet Lounge
Photo courtesy of Darwyn Dave Photography

Photo courtesy of Darwyn Dave Photography

Upcoming Shows

Previous events

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The JoGo EP: One For Pops (Release Party)

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Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

The JoGo Project celebrates the release of their debut EP - One For Pops at the historic Blues Alley! Purchase your tickets now, this one is sure to sell out ;-)

8 & 10pm Sets $20


Show N' Tell: An Independent Artist Showcase

Heaven & Hell , 2327 18th St NW, Washington, DC

The JoGo Project will perform for Show-n-Tell, a monthly independent artist showcase at Club Heaven & Hell! Get your tix now and make sure you mention JoGo as your reference at checkout.


DC Jazz Festival

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Franklin Square, 13th & K St, NW, Washington, DC

We will be at Franklin Square during lunch time on Thursday, June 15th as a part of the DC Jazz Festival's "Jazz in the Hood" series in conjunction with the Downtown BID. Free and family friendly!


NYE in Durham!

Beyu Caffe, 341 W Main St, Durham, NC

We're excited to come back to our second home - Durham, North Carolina, and this time to celebrate the New Year!! It's going to be a Go-Go party in Durham on New Year's Eve, make sure you're there!!


Blues Alley Debut! Celebrating Chuck Brown

Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

The JoGo Project will be making its Blues Alley debut in a celebration of the Godfather of Go-Go: Chuck Brown! This is full circle for the JoGo's leader Elijah Balbed, as the first time he performed with Chuck was at this very club in May of 2011. Elijah and the band are honored to be winding Blues Alley up for Chuck on Monday, November 21st, 2016!! Don't sleep.


Opening for Tank & the Bangas

Ivy City Smokehouse, 1356 Okie St NE, Washington, DC

The NOLA-DC connection continues at the hip new DC venue Ivy City Smokehouse!! Go-Go music and NOLA funk music share a lot in common, we are very much looking forward to this collaboration!

8:30pm // Doors 9:30pm // JoGo 11pm // Tank & the Bangas

$10 Adv $12 Door

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