The Chuck Brown Band continues the legacy of a local cultural icon, the undisputed “Godfather of Go Go”, Chuck Brown. For over 50 years, Chuck Brown and his band have been releasing music to critical acclaim. In 2005, he received the National Endowment for the Arts’ highest honor, the National Heritage Fellowship and was nominated for his first Grammy in 2011. Unfortunately, Chuck Brown passed in 2012, but his band continues to play, honoring the local legend and ensuring that Go Go lives on.
Charis Jones was born in Washington, D.C. and has been singing since she was just 5 years old. Soon, she seized the opportunity to record with the Ebenezer AME Church Mass Choir and her early influences from this time include The Clark Sisters and Kirk Franklin.
Originally, a group of 5 Howard University music majors and brass instrumentalists, the DuPont Brass Band has grown into a 8-member ensemble now including a rhythm section and vocalists. They have performed in the D.C. Jazz Festival and at the Kennedy Center and describe their style of play as a mix of Jazz, Hip Hop, and R&B.
Spur Of The Moment
In the last 20 years, Spur Of The Moment has blessed the DMV with their special blend of Jazz, Funk, and R&B music. Founded in 1989 by then University of Maryland student, Wayne Bruce, Spur Of The Moment has worked with artists from George Duke and Al Jarreau to Ledisi and Raheem Devaughn; served as the house band for the Capital Jazz Supercruise for the last seven years; and have continued to headline local music festivals. They achieved a number of local hits from their four studio albums, the latest of which is entitled “N2 Deep”