It’s been more than two years since the Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown passed away and in honor of the late Grammy nominated music legend, Washington, D.C.’s Mayor Vincent C. Gray has proclaimed August 22nd “Chuck Brown Day” in the District of Columbia. Chuck Brown’s infectious gift touched people globally so it’s no surprise that fans are campaigning for an “International Chuck Brown Day.”
Additionally, Mayor Gray will unveil the Chuck Brown Memorial Park, located in Langdon Park in Northeast Washington D.C., which will include an impressive memorial wall with 11’ tall iconic images of Chuck Brown and will be a third of a football field in length.
The Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown’s final album, entitled “Beautiful Life” will be released on August 19th. The new album contains an intro by Doug E. Fresh, collaborations with the DMV’s own, Wale, Raheem DeVaughn, local DC icon Sugar Bear of E.U and Gospel artist Y’anna Crawley. “Beautiful Life also includes three new songs by the Chuck Brown Band featuring his daughter KK. Anyone in the DMV attending the Spirit Festival on Aug 2 will have an opportunity to make history and appear in the final Chuck Brown music video.
Chuck Brown is the undisputed founder and creator of Go-Go music, a genre deeply rooted in funk and soul that he enveloped in the early 70’s and the only form of expressive culture to originate in the District of Columbia with a worldwide influence.