Washington, D.C. is the birthplace of go-go music. It was created over 60 years ago by the godfather of go-go, Chuck Brown. Like most children, it has since evolved over the decades into a subgenre known as “bounce beat.” Now for those not well versed in the genre, it's a more aggressive version of go-go that heavily involves the usage of timbales. It was created by the Bounce Beat King, the late Polo of TCB. Many consider it an extension or progression if you will of go-go music.
WPGC’s Keith “DJ Flexx” Clagon, rapper Don Juan, and record producer JS aka The Best joined forces and created a song celebrating the lives and work of Chuck Brown and Polo. Combining the classic sound of go-go with the aggression of the bounce beat; they named the track “Polo & Chuck,” to commemorate the founding fathers. The song appeals to all generations of the DMV go-go movement and has been available on iTunes since Feb. 16, 2014. Yesterday a video was shot for it the historic Howard Theatre, a very befitting location as it was second home to Chuck Brown and has hosted countless go-go music themed events.
Attendees were entertained by We The Fix, a newly formed DC area band comprised of very talented musically inclined individuals. The band sang covers, a mix of oldies but goodies as well as recent top 20 hits. There was even portraiture of Polo and Chuck painted by visual artist Demont Pinder. Even Mayor Vincent Gray stopped to show his support for the project. Some of DC’s most prominent faces gathered at The Howard Theatre for the official shoot for the documentary-styled “Polo and Chuck: The Movie.” The video was shot by DC’s House Studio’s digital cinema team. Despite some negative feedback from a few not so supportive people, otherwise referred to as ‘haters’, Don Juan assures that the necessary support that’s come from both Polo and Chuck Brown’s families is all that’s needed. If nothing else the video shoot was very fun. Attitudes were positive and the atmosphere was good. Everyone showed up in the spirit of peace and celebration. The video is slated for release this coming Memorial Day.