The JoGo Project is an ensemble based in Washington, DC dedicated to preserving and promoting DC's indigenous music - Go-Go. JoGo was formed in 2014 by Elijah Jamal Balbed - a DC native and Saxophonist who performed with The Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown from 2011 until Chuck's passing in May of 2012. JoGo continues in the tradition of Chuck Brown by keeping the Jazz elements prominent in the music. Known for a high-energy performance, strong vocals, and one of the baddest percussionists around, JoGo will have you on your feet and sweaty by the end. Bring your dancing shoes and a towel - you'll need it! And don't forget, Jazz + Go-Go = JoGo.

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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.

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

One Love Massive Floor Show

One love Massive Live Stream of The Jogo Project!

Free.

www.onelovemassive.com

Nov14

The JoGo EP: One For Pops (Release Party)

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Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

The JoGo Project celebrates the release of their debut EP - One For Pops at the historic Blues Alley! Purchase your tickets now, this one is sure to sell out ;-)

8 & 10pm Sets $20

Jul2

Show N' Tell: An Independent Artist Showcase

Heaven & Hell , 2327 18th St NW, Washington, DC

The JoGo Project will perform for Show-n-Tell, a monthly independent artist showcase at Club Heaven & Hell! Get your tix now and make sure you mention JoGo as your reference at checkout.

Jun15

DC Jazz Festival

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Franklin Square, 13th & K St, NW, Washington, DC

We will be at Franklin Square during lunch time on Thursday, June 15th as a part of the DC Jazz Festival's "Jazz in the Hood" series in conjunction with the Downtown BID. Free and family friendly!

Dec31

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!!

Nov21

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.

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