Straight Up Go-Go - Film screening with live performance by Rare Essence
1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20003
The Lincoln Theatre
Film screening with live performance by Rare Essence ($15 Advance Tickets/ $20 Door Tickets)
In partnership with Nubia Filmworks, Inc.
This comprehensive video traces the history and influences of the go-go sound, from early role models: Cab Calloway, James Brown, Fela, and Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, through the mid-eighties with Black Heat, Experience Unlimited, Rare Essence and the Junkyard Band, up to the new generation of artists including Pleasure Band, C. J.’s Uptown Crew, Casual Al and the City Groovers. There are more than a few theories about where go-go came from and how it was developed, but on two points all factions agree: it evolved from African rhythms and it’s unquestionably the music of Washington, DC.