JoGo Thursdays @ Marcus
The JoGo Project is at Marcus Restaurant each and every Thursday night in the MGM National Harbor!! 7-11pm, No Cover.
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 http://www.tbandp.com
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.
Blues Alley Debut! Celebrating Chuck Brown
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
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
Chucktoberfest - Live In-Store Performance
The JoGo Project will be making an in-store appearance at Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center this Saturday at 4pm, closing out the day-long event Chucktoberfest!
Free and all ages welcomed!
H Street Festival
2pm at the 8th Street Stage!
Labor Day Weekend Music Festival
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!!
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
DC Jazz Festival
National Cherry Blossom Festival
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
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
The JoGo Project/Dupont Brass
10-11pm - The JoGo Project 11:30pm - Dupont Brass
City Market Holiday Tree Lighting
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.
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
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!!
Rhode Island Row Fest
The JoGo Project will perform an outdoor concert at Rhode Island Row from Noon-1:30pm!