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

Latest Release

A tribute to Draylen Mason and features some of D.C's top talent. Written by Elijah Balbed and JusPaul, the track unites Go-Go and Jazz with Pop sensibilities

A tribute to Draylen Mason and features some of D.C's top talent. Written by Elijah Balbed and JusPaul, the track unites Go-Go and Jazz with Pop sensibilities

Upcoming Shows

Previous events


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


Labor Day Weekend Music Festival

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Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St NW, Washington, DC 20011

FREE concert sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities!!

Dante Pope - Vocals Isaac Bell - Vocals Imani-Grace Cooper - Vocals Elijah Jamal Balbed - Sax Kym Clarke - Trumpet Greg Boyer - Trombone Deante Haggerty-Willis - Guitar Justin Taylor - Keys Eliot Seppa - Bass Stan Banks Jr - Drums Mike Burney - Percussion

and special guest...


JoGo in Durham!!

Beyu Caffe, 341 W Main St, Durham, NC

The sound of DC is coming to Durham on FRIDAY 9/2!! Jazz + Go-Go = JoGo

Dante Pope - Vocals Imani-Grace Cooper - Vocals Elijah Jamal Balbed - Sax Al Strong - Trumpet Justin Taylor - Keys Tarus Mateen - Bass Stan Banks - Drums Mike Burney - Percussion



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

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