Welcome fans of good music!

The JoGo Project is a band from Washington, DC that combines elements of Jazz, R&B, Funk, even Rock, and of course Go-Go musics to create a fresh fusion sound, soon to be known as JoGo. Go-Go music is the indigenous style of music from Washington, DC created by music legend Chuck Brown, who started as a Jazz/Blues guitar player and vocalist. Chuck Brown was affectionately known as the "Godfather of Go-Go", and along with other pioneers Little Benny and Ricky Wellman, the Go-Go sound was created. Eventually Chuck released hit songs like Bustin' Loose, It Don't Mean a Thing, Run Joe, and We Need Some Money...to name a few. DC also has a strong history of Jazz and R&B, with native legends such as Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, and Roberta Flack. The mission of The JoGo Project is to bridge these gaps, and to bring to you a fresh, healthy blend of styles that will have you bopping your head, and on the dance floor before the night's over! Founded by DC-based saxophonist and composer Elijah Balbed (who worked Chuck Brown the last year of his life), the goal of The JoGo Project is to unite cultures and communities, by introducing Jazz fans to Go-Go and vice versa, and hopefully discovering new musical territories during this journey. We hope you come along for the ride! 

In the spirit of the Godfather, the late, great Chuck Brown, we want everybody to come together as one and experience the music and vibes together. Chuck always spread love and positivity wherever he went, and we're dedicated to keeping that movement ALIVE!

Photo courtesy of Darwyn Dave Photography

Photo courtesy of Darwyn Dave Photography

Upcoming Shows

Previous events


NYE in Durham!

Beyu Caffe, 341 W Main St, Durham, NC

We're excited to come back to our second home - Durham, North Carolina, and this time to celebrate the New Year!! It's going to be a Go-Go party in Durham on New Year's Eve, make sure you're there!!


Blues Alley Debut! Celebrating Chuck Brown

Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

The JoGo Project will be making its Blues Alley debut in a celebration of the Godfather of Go-Go: Chuck Brown! This is full circle for the JoGo's leader Elijah Balbed, as the first time he performed with Chuck was at this very club in May of 2011. Elijah and the band are honored to be winding Blues Alley up for Chuck on Monday, November 21st, 2016!! Don't sleep.


Opening for Tank & the Bangas

Ivy City Smokehouse, 1356 Okie St NE, Washington, DC

The NOLA-DC connection continues at the hip new DC venue Ivy City Smokehouse!! Go-Go music and NOLA funk music share a lot in common, we are very much looking forward to this collaboration!

8:30pm // Doors 9:30pm // JoGo 11pm // Tank & the Bangas

$10 Adv $12 Door


Labor Day Weekend Music Festival

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Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St NW, Washington, DC 20011

FREE concert sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities!!

Dante Pope - Vocals Isaac Bell - Vocals Imani-Grace Cooper - Vocals Elijah Jamal Balbed - Sax Kym Clarke - Trumpet Greg Boyer - Trombone Deante Haggerty-Willis - Guitar Justin Taylor - Keys Eliot Seppa - Bass Stan Banks Jr - Drums Mike Burney - Percussion

and special guest...


JoGo in Durham!!

Beyu Caffe, 341 W Main St, Durham, NC

The sound of DC is coming to Durham on FRIDAY 9/2!! Jazz + Go-Go = JoGo

Dante Pope - Vocals Imani-Grace Cooper - Vocals Elijah Jamal Balbed - Sax Al Strong - Trumpet Justin Taylor - Keys Tarus Mateen - Bass Stan Banks - Drums Mike Burney - Percussion



National Cherry Blossom Festival

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Southwest Waterfront, Southwest, DC

The JoGo Project will be making it's Cherry Blossom Festival debut this year during the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival!! We open the festivities up at 1pm with an hour-long set.


w/ Dupont Brass

Bayou on Penn, 2519 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC

JoGo Project and Dupont Brass will be sharing the stage again, this time at Bayou on Penn! There two local bands are comprised primarily of Howard University graduates and both have been gaining notoriety in the DC area and beyond. Don't miss out!

JoGo - 10:30 Dupont - 11:45


City Market Holiday Tree Lighting

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City Market at O, 800 P St NW, Washington, DC

The JoGo Project returns to City Market at O for their Holiday Tree Lighting on November 28th!! Earlier this summer, the band performed for the unveiling of "Symphony in DC Major", the mural on the north side of the market in tribute to Duke Ellington, Alma Thomas, and Robert Gould Shaw.


Silvana, 300 W. 116th Street, Harlem, NY

Go-Go fans in NYC!! Come to Silvana in Harlem for a rare chance to experience DC's indigenous sound -- Go-Go! Featuring special guests JS Williams, Javier Starks, and Desiree Jordan.

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