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.

 

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.

Booking:

thejogoproject@gmail.com

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

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

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Apr9

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.

Apr2

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

Nov28

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.

Nov19

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

Aug5

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+

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