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!

May25

JoGo at The Vagabond (RVA)

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The Vagabond, 700 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23219

The JoGo Project makes their Richmond debut on Saturday, May 25th! Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear the band at one of RVA's best live music venues - The Vagabond.

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

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