The JoGo Project is an ensemble based in Washington, DC dedicated to preserving and promoting DC's indigenous music - Go-Go. JoGo was formed in 2014 by Elijah Jamal Balbed - a DC native and Saxophonist who performed with The Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown from 2011 until Chuck's passing in May of 2012. JoGo continues in the tradition of Chuck Brown by keeping the Jazz elements prominent in the music. Known for a high-energy performance, strong vocals, and one of the baddest percussionists around, JoGo will have you on your feet and sweaty by the end. Bring your dancing shoes and a towel - you'll need it! And don't forget, Jazz + Go-Go = JoGo.

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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.

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


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


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.


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 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!!

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