Rest in Power: Chuck Brown

Our own Washington D.C. legend and “Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown has passed away today. Brown was responsible for bringing the funk to the nation’s capital and creating the “Go-Go” genre of music out of it. Go-Go is extra percussion that continues to play out after a song is finished to keep the people dancing, and it became very popular in the DC metro area thanks to Brown (probably the biggest artist today that incorporated go-go in parts of his music is Wale). Brown was known for being a very humble person and influenced a number of different musicians around the world with his unique sound. Brown was also a staple of Washington: he is and always be the face of DC and its ever-growing music scene. God Bless you Chuck, and thanks for being such an integral part of our hometown. Rest in Power.

Click here to read the original Washington Post article on Brown and a video by Chris Richards briefly explaining his history and influence. Below you can stream his most popular song “Bustin’ Loose”.