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

Sep7

Rosslyn Jazz Festival

Rosslyn, VA

The JoGo Project will start the Rosslyn Jazz Festival off with a set at 1pm. Come out and join us for what will definitely be a high-energy afternoon!

Dec7

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.

Oct6

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

Oct4

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!

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