The JoGo Project is a genre-blending ensemble inspired by the musical stylings of Chuck Brown. Founded in 2014 by Elijah Jamal Balbed, the band performs all over with the mission of keeping Go-Go music alive. The band features several DC natives, as well as musicians from around the country who have since claimed DC as their home, as you'll hear in the song "DC's Been Good To Me". JoGo is known to put on an eclectic live show that excites and unites audiences of all walks of life.

JoGo Project is proudly managed by The Beat & Path, an artist collective and promotion group based in Washington, DC. For more info, go to


What is Go-Go?

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


What is JoGo?

A band trying to keep Jazz and Go-Go musics alive, while making the world a better place. In addition to a band, JoGo is a concept. It's continuing the tradition that Chuck Brown started of taking jazz standards, covers, and even movie/television 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 Jamal Balbed as a culmination of his residency at Strathmore in May of 2014. Elijah was fortunate to perform with Chuck for the last year of The Godfather's life, which inspired Elijah to continue Chuck's legacy by starting a group of his own.


Photo courtesy of Darwyn Dave Photography

Photo courtesy of Darwyn Dave Photography

Upcoming Shows

Previous events

One Love Massive Floor Show

One love Massive Live Stream of The Jogo Project!



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!!

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