The JoGo Project is an ensemble of musicians who all come from different backgrounds to create a fresh fusion sound that appeals both to the mind and the body. Founded in 2014 by Chuck Brown alumnus Elijah Balbed, the group features several other DC natives as well as graduates from Howard University who have since claimed DC as their home. Currently working on their Debut EP, The JoGo Project brings has been known to bring audiences on their feet, so if you come to a show be ready to dance!


What is Go-Go?

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


What is JoGo?

In addition to a band, JoGo is a concept. It's continuing the tradition that Chuck Brown started of taking jazz standards, pop covers, and even movie 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 Balbed as a culmination of his residency at Strathmore in May of 2014. Elijah was fortunate to perform with the late Mr. Chuck Brown for the last year of The Godfather's life, which inspired Elijah to continue Chuck's legacy by starting a group of his own.


Venues/Festivals Performed:

  • Funk Parade
  • H Street Festival
  • Blues Alley
  • Velvet Lounge
Photo courtesy of Darwyn Dave Photography

Photo courtesy of Darwyn Dave Photography

Upcoming Shows

Previous events


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.


Flashband Launch Party

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Eastern Market - North Hall , 225 7th St SE, Washington, DC

If you're in the DC area, join us in celebrating the launch of Flashband, a new social network geared towards musicians! The event starts at 7:30pm, and after members of The JoGo Project will host a jam bring your axe, voice, tap shoes, or whatever other talent you can bring to the stage. Going to be a great night of networking and music!!

H Street Festival feat. Cecily

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H Street Main Street, H Street, NE, Washington, DC

The JoGo Project is excited to return to the H Street Festival for the second year in a row! This is one of the biggest street festivals in DC, so we are honored to be a part of it again!

FREE Age limit: All ages

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