Chuck Brown Day returns with lots of great free music

Chuck Brown in 2011. Photo courtesy of Chip Py Go-Go Collection and The People’s Archive of DC Public Library.

This Saturday, August 20, the Chuck Brown Foundation and the DC government will celebrate the Godfather of Go-Go with the 8th Annual Chuck Brown Day. The event will be held from 2 to 7 PM at Chuck Brown Memorial Park at 20th and Franklin Streets, Northeast.

Visitors can enjoy free music from the Chuck Brown Band, which continues to perform the late artist’s music, as well as UCB, Rare Essence, and Doug E. Fresh. The show is hosted by DJ Kool.

There are food trucks on site, a children’s activity room, and the Chuck Brown Foundation’s 9th Annual Back to School Giveaway. Although the festivities take place on August 20, you can celebrate what would have been Chuck Brown’s 86th birthday on August 22.

Get into the go-go spirit and check out a preview of the lineup here:

Chuck Brown

Doug E. Fresh

DJ Kool


Rare Essence

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