The JoGo Project is a genre-blending ensemble inspired by the musical stylings of Chuck Brown. Founded in 2014 by Elijah Jamal Balbed, the band performs all over with the mission of keeping Go-Go music alive. The band features several DC natives, as well as musicians from around the country who have since claimed DC as their home, as you'll hear in the song "DC's Been Good To Me". JoGo is known to put on an eclectic live show that excites and unites audiences of all walks of life.


What is Go-Go?

Go-Go music is the indigenous genre from Washington, DC created by the legendary Chuck Brown - the "Godfather of Go-Go". It is known for a steadily funky beat, heavy percussion, and most notably lots of crowd participation via call and response. Go-Go in DC is like Reggae in Jamaica or Bossa Nova in Brazil. It's the sound of the city!


What is JoGo?

A band trying to keep Jazz and Go-Go musics alive, while making the world a better place. In addition to a band, JoGo is a concept. It's continuing the tradition that Chuck Brown started of taking jazz standards, covers, and even movie/television themes and putting them over a Go-Go beat. Jazz + Go-Go = JoGo!


How was the band formed?

The band was formed by saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed as a culmination of his residency at Strathmore in May of 2014. Elijah was fortunate to perform with Chuck for the last year of The Godfather's life, which inspired Elijah to continue Chuck's legacy by starting a group of his own.


Photo courtesy of Darwyn Dave Photography

Photo courtesy of Darwyn Dave Photography

Latest Release

A tribute to Draylen Mason and features some of D.C's top talent. Written by Elijah Balbed and JusPaul, the track unites Go-Go and Jazz with Pop sensibilities

A tribute to Draylen Mason and features some of D.C's top talent. Written by Elijah Balbed and JusPaul, the track unites Go-Go and Jazz with Pop sensibilities

Upcoming Shows

Previous events


EJB & JoGo @ Marvin

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Marvin, 2007 14th St NW, Washington, DC

A condensed version of JoGo will be appearing at Marvin, right at 14th & U Streets this Friday 12/7!! No Cover, so stop through and enjoy the sounds of some Jazz & Go-Go.


Hill Fest Jazz Fest

Garfield Park, 2nd St SE & F St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Hill Fest brings musicians together in an effort to translate performances into policy. The festival starts with a conference addressing policy concerns that directly affect musicians on a local and national level, followed by a day-long concert


Destination Atlas Fundraiser

Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

80 years ago, the Atlas made its grand debut on H Street offering a dynamic new destination for art and entertainment in the nation’s capital. 50 years ago, following the 1968 riots, the Atlas still stood as a monument of hope in a vibrant community, beckoning a renaissance destined in our future. Today, the Atlas celebrates its rich and honorable past as it embraces the promising years ahead – a landmark destination for performing arts and cultural connection.

Join us for this unique and remarkable celebration, and support the Atlas Performing Arts Center!


Labor Day Music Festival @ Lincoln Theater

Lincoln Theater, 1215 U St NW, Washington DC

Now in its third year, The Labor Day Weekend Music Festival showcases the diversity of DC’s local music scene. By featuring artists working in different musical styles and genres over the course of Labor Day Weekend, the festival is a demonstration of the depth and breadth of our local musical talent

GoGo Fusion Night, hosted by Joe Clair featuring:

DuPont Brass The JoGo Project Full Throttle Band The Experience Band & Show with special guest DJ Scientific


OnTap Magazine - Fridays @ Fort Totten

The Modern @ Fort Totten, 400 Galloway St NE, Washington, DC

The Fridays at Fort Totten Summer Concert Series is every Friday through August 31. Come out and enjoy delicious bites from the week’s featured food truck and amazing live music. There’s a new band and food truck each Friday. We hope to see you there. In partnership with The Modern at Art Place.

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