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.


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


Velvet Lounge w/ Gramps the Vamp (Chicago)

Velvet Lounge, 915 U St NW, Washington, DC

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 w/ Burris Band (Baton Rouge)

Union Arts, 411 New York Ave, Washington

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"

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City Market at O, 800 P St NW, Washington, DC

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


DC Jazz Festival: Discovery Series @ Millennium Stage

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Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC

After a hot performance at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage in November (CLICK HERE to watch), The JoGo Project will be returning on JUNE 8th, but this time as a part of the DC Jazz Festival! Acclaimed jazz writer and producer Willard Jenkins was recently appointed the new Artistic Director of the DCJF, and to start he has initiated a new series of concerts on the Millennium Stage called the Discovery Series. The Discovery Series will present several local emerging groups and artists, and we are thrilled to be a part of it. We will be featuring guest Vibraphonist Warren Wolf as well, so you won't want to miss this!

FREE Age limit: All ages

Funk Parade (U Street)

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Funk Parade, U Street, Washington, DC

The JoGo Project is excited to be a part of the 2nd Annual Funk Parade, taking over U Street for a day full of music and fun! We will play one set at 1pm at the Capital Bop Stage.

FREE Age limit: All ages

Mousai Studios present "Last Saturday"

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Union Arts, 411 New York Ave, Washington

"Last Saturday" is a live recording/showcasing event put together by Mousai House and Union Arts. Only $10 for 3 bands! We play one short set so don't be late...

$10 Age limit: All ages


JoGo Project & Chuck Brown Band

Strathmore Outdoor Concert Series, 10701 Rockville Pike, N Bethesda, MD

Come out and witness two great Go-Go bands on one great stage, Elijah Balbed's the JoGo Project and the Chuck Brown All-Star Band (whom Elijah will also be performing with). This is a special night of music you won't want to miss!!

JoGo Project - 6:30-7:15

Chuck Brown Band - 7:30-9

FREE Age limit: All ages

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