On Sunday evening, September 8, the stage at the historic Howard Theatre will be graced by 10 of the up and coming Go-Go bands in the Washington, D.C.area battling for the title Kings of Kranknation and the top $3,000 cash prize.
The event, billed WHOOOZZZGOTTTNEXXXTT?? Krankapalooza The Legacy Lives is the brain child of Hosea "Heartbeat" Williams of GoGoRadio.com's Heartbeat Conga Hour.
He claims, "This is another way to keep Chuck [Brown]'s memory alive. This is the future of GoGo. This is really to give these guys a chance to shine on one of the most historic stages!"
The bands competing were chosen via a voting process conducted by the Heartbeat Conga Hour for their listeners and narrowed down to the top ten. These competitors include All4U, Primetime, Mental Attraction, Steel Band, Urban Rhythms, New Impressionz, OBX, ReaZon BanD, Dynasty Band and Project 360.
Raenell Herring-Baylor, manager of DC, PG County and Virginia based ReaZon BanD, believes "that all ten bands will come out winners. Just being able to get on stage at the Howard Theatre and show the audience what we love to do is winning in itself. ReaZon BanD has a different style of crank than most bands and we're about to show the DMV what we're made of. We are our biggest competition!"
"We bring flavor from every corridor, PG and VA. We are very versatile and cater to everyone. We haven't decided what we would do with the winnings as of yet, but having our own PA system would be a wonderful addition," she continues.
Carl Hawthorne Jr., guitarist for OBX who have been together for the past 3 1/2 years assures, "I believe we will do great. Heartbeat and GoGo Radio love our sound! Our approach to Go Go is different. You will hear a little rock from us- no usual pockets or sockets. We claim the neighborhoods of both uptown DC and Deanwood northeast."
He confidently adds, "All4u band are our biggest competitors. They are the only ones we haven't played with on any gigs and I think they may just be scared a little of us. There is talk amongst the grind circuit about us being underdogs. We plan on pushing for recognition outside of the beltway. That would be an added bonus in helping us financially."
Seat Pleasant, MD and SE D.C. based Mental Attraction Band's lead mic, B.J. Wedge laughs, "We have been together for like 20 years. We are the only band that has a proven krank record!"
The one thing that all of the bands agree on is the fact that playing at the Howard Theatre is truly a blessing.
Herring-Baylor shares, "Playing at the Howard Theatre is like a privilege. It won't be taken for granted. To be able to include Howard Theater on your resume is a blessing in itself."
"I feel really good about appearing onstage at such a historic place," Hawthorne, Jr. nods in agreement.
This competition also marks the return of the popular MetroWorld TV.
Williams reveals, "This event will be taped live for the return of MetroWorld which will air next month. This show will actually be the first episode!"
Besides the $3,000 cash prize up for grabs, one lucky band will have the opportunity to produce a single by an unnamed major producer and there will also be prizes available from various sponsors such as Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center, Sabion Cymbals and Gretsch Musical Instruments.
According to the website www.thehowardtheatre.com, doors open at 4:00pm, showtime 5:00pm. Tickets available at the Howard Theatre $17.50 in advance, $22.50 day of show.