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.
DC Jazz Festival
National Cherry Blossom Festival
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
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
The JoGo Project/Dupont Brass
10-11pm - The JoGo Project 11:30pm - Dupont Brass
City Market Holiday Tree Lighting
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.
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.
Flashband Launch Party
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 session...so 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!!
Rhode Island Row Fest
The JoGo Project will perform an outdoor concert at Rhode Island Row from Noon-1:30pm!
The JoGo Project is excited to make its Art All Night debut for a MIDNIGHT performance at the Gateway DC Pavilion for the Congress Heights portion of the festival! This is a FREE concert, so don't miss out :)
Dupont Brass Fundraiser
The JoGo Project will be teaming up with Dupont Brass to help them raise funds for their first tour! Come out and support!!
H Street Festival feat. Cecily
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
Liv Nightclub w/ Lucky So & So's
The JoGo Project will be joining another DC-based band Lucky So & So's for a great night of music at Liv Nightclub!!
The JoGo Project @ The Pinch
THURSDAY AUGUST 27 @ THE PINCH
8pm Aaron Ginns Band (facebook.com/Ginnsmusic) 9pm Proxy States (proxystates.com) 10pm The JoGo Project
THE PINCH, 3548 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010
www.thepinchdc.com $10 admission; All Ages Admitted
Velvet Lounge w/ Gramps the Vamp (Chicago)
The JoGo Project will be joining Chicago-based Afro-Beat band Gramps the Vamp for a night of great music at Velvet Lounge! Come out and party with us in this intimate setting!
TBA Age limit: 21+
The JoGo Project in NYC!
The JoGo Project will be making it's first NYC appearance at Silvana in Harlem!! Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear Go-Go music in New York!
The JoGo Project w/ Burris Band (Baton Rouge)
Unfortunately, next week's concert at Gypsy Sally's has been cancelled. The good news is that the concert has been relocated to Union Arts DC/Mousai House (411 NY Ave, NE). The JoGo Project will be joined by the Burris Band, all the way from Baton Rouge, Louisiana!!
Union Arts DC / Mousai House 411 New York Ave, NE Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
8-11pm $10 BYOB, light refreshments will be served
Doors // 7:30pm Burris Band // 8pm The JoGo Project // 9:30pm
Unveiling of "Symphony in DC Major"
Join us for the unveiling of a new, epic art installation right in the Shaw neighborhood of DC! Roadside Development (who developed City Market at O) along with Shaw Main Streets and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities have commissioned a large art installation, that will encompass P Street NW, between 7th and 8th Streets. That's 120 Feet Long by 16 Feet High and created by renown sculpture Zachary Oxman.
The art installation, titled "Symphony in DC Major" will pay homage to the "prolific composer and jazz musician, and DC native Edward “Duke” Ellington; neighborhood namesake and abolitionist Union Army Colonel Robert Gould Shaw; and renowned American Expressionist painter and Shaw Junior High School art teacher, Alma Thomas, whose paintings are exhibited as a part of the collections in the White House and museums around the world.
FREE Age limit: All ages