Go-Go Music: The History and Evolution of DC’s Legendary Beat

Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m.


Pre-registration encouraged

Join Kip Lornell, Adjunct Professor of American Music and Ethnomusicology at George Washington University and co-author of The Beat: Go Go Music from Washington, DC, as he chronicles the development and ongoing popularity of go-go music, the only musical form indigenous to Washington, D.C. In the mid-1970s, Chuck Brown pioneered the iconic go-go sound, influenced by local Latin percussion ensembles, disco, Grover Washington's hit single "Mr. Magic," and funk. By the mid-1980s, bands such as Rare Essence (RE), Trouble Funk, and Junk Yard Band had emerged. Today we are in our third generation of go-go, and the music tradition continues to evolve and thrive in the district, with most recent bands playing what's known as "bounce beat" go-go. Dr. Lornell's talk will highlight this nearly 40-year history with musical excerpts and video clips.  

Online registration for this program is now closed. Tickets will be available at the door to the auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m., half an hour before the program begins.

Globe Poster, 1980s. Collection of Roger Gastman


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