The title of today’s Morning Groove post is a lyric taken from Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers’ biggest hit, “Bustin’ Loose.” This song is considered the foundation of the music known as go-go, a sound that Brown created and nurtured and in time he became its worldwide ambassador. From this song, the sound grew around the city of Washington, DC, where it is considered the sound of the city and the surrounding area. Below are some of the many Chuck Brown go-go classics.
Today is a big day in the nation’s capital: it marks the fourth year since Brown passed away. There have been events throughout the past weekend, with a concert Saturday night honoring Brown featuring his band, still carrying the torch; also on the bill were go-go stalwarts the Junkyard Band and Experience Unlimited (EU) with longtime leader Sugar Bear. In addition, Friday was celebrated as the first Go-Go New Music Day, featuring new songs from many of the music practitioners, including the Brown Band, Back Yard Band, Junkyard Band, Be’la Dona, Michelle Blackwell, Team Familiar, DJ Flexx and others. Back Yard Band had released a new album last month, and longtime go-go leaders Rare Essence just released its new album, Turn It Up back on May 6th, giving fans of the music a wealth of new material all at one time.
Below, new music from the Chuck Brown Band and Rare Essence:
While the music may not necessarily be thriving outside of the DC area, and while others may say that it is dying off, this wealth of new material seems to mean that go-go is going to keep on keepin’ on. Before Chuck Brown died, he made a point to mentor many of the leaders of the bands that came behind him, and always made sure to tell them to keep the music going on even beyond him. It looks as though the groups are going to do just that, especially if the crowds keep coming out and fans keep supporting the music.
So today’s Morning Groove turned into Morning Grooves. At any rate, and as always, thanks for listening and reading.