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I Saw the Music-My Godfather, Chuck Brown

Posted by jhochstat on July 10, 2008

While most of my music friends were on a Rocks Off cruise this evening seeing The New Mastersounds, I decided to head on over to Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center for the second show in their 20th season of their Midsummer Night Swing concert series.

Tonight’s show was DC Go Go music legend and the undisputed Godfather of Go Go, Chuck Brown.  As I stated in a previous post, I know Chuck going back almost 20 years having seen him in some low down run down clubs and bars in Washington DC many years ago.  Chuck always brings the party and tonight was no exception.

The general rule of thumb when attending a Chuck Brown show is:

If you can’t have fun at a Chuck Brown show, then there is something seriously wrong with you!

Chuck played two, 1 hour sets 7:30-8:30 and 9-10.  He played most of his hits, also adding in La Da Da Di from Doug E Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew, Theme from 2001, A Space Oddysey (to close the 1st set), Rhianna’s Under My Umbrella (sung by Chuck’s daughter and his keyboard player who can really get down and belt it.)  Little Benny Harley came out and really got the crowd working as well.

There were a lot of sing-alongs throughout the course of the night and I was very surprised as to how many DC people and Go Go aficionados (other than myself) who were singing along and shouting back to most of the lyrics throughout the evening.

Chuck closed the show with his most legendary hit, Bustin’ Loose.  It was a boooty shaking, hip gyrating, sweat and swing funfest at Lincoln Center.  At 72 Chuck still has the chops (and band) to bring it full force and make sure that everyone leaves the show with no doubt as to why Chuck is The Godfather of Go Go.

The attached pictures don’t even begin to describe the energy that was in the air tonight.  As it says on the bottom of the t-shirt I got after the show:

If you don’t get it, it’s your fault.

Here are some of my shots from the evening:

Full Go Go Band

The Horn Section

The Godfather

Bigfoot providing the Go Go beat

Under my umbrella

To the left

To the right

Somebody say ho-oo

Me and my Godfather backstage after the show

One Response to “I Saw the Music-My Godfather, Chuck Brown”

  1. Thanks for the great report. We’d love for you to join the Midsummer Night Swing virtual community, add these to the blog and photo sections there.

    Come back for Budos Band / Chico Mann on Friday the 18th for more funk.

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