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Mayor Gray and Brown Family Announce Memorial Events for Chuck Brown

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mayor Gray and Brown Family Announce Memorial Events for Chuck Brown

Events Include Public Viewing at Historic Howard Theatre and Public Memorial Service at Walter E. Washington Convention Center

WHAT/WHO: The Brown Family, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Events DC and The Howard Theatre have invited fans of the late Go-Go artist Chuck Brown to a series of events memorializing his life and contributions to the District’s and the nation’s musical and cultural heritage.


WHEN/WHERE:                        Public Viewing

                                               Tuesday, May 29th

                                               11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

                                               The Howard Theatre

                                                620 T Street NW


                                                Public Memorial Service

                                                Thursday, May 31st

                                                12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

                                                Walter E. Washington Convention Center

                                                801 Mount Vernon Place NW




Public Viewing

The general public is welcome to attend the viewing, which will take place on the first floor of the theatre. Please note: no photography of any kind will be allowed inside of the theatre.

Members of the media who wish to cover the viewing should contact Barbara Martin with BrandLinkDC (working on behalf of the Howard Theatre) at 301.229.6770 or Barbara@brandlinkdc.com. Parking for camera trucks for news organizations will be allowed on T Street NW in front of the theatre beginning at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the viewing.

The general public is strongly encouraged to use public transportation for the viewing, as parking will be extremely limited and surrounding streets will be closed. The Shaw/Howard University Metrorail stop on the Green Line is located a block from the theatre (please exit towards Howard University). In addition, Metrobus operates buses on several lines along Florida Avenue NW and 7th Street NW near the theatre. To plan your trip by Metrorail or Metrobus, please visit Metro’s website at http://www.wmata.com/.

For those who are not able to use public transportation, limited parking is available near the Howard Theatre on the day of the viewing:

·   Howard Center, located at 2224 Georgia Avenue (across from Howard University Bookstore)

·   East Towers Lot, located at 2200 8th St. NW (behind the Howard Center lot)

·   Banneker South, located at 2345 Sherman Avenue.

Memorial Service

The use of public transportation is also strongly encouraged for the memorial service. The Mount Vernon Square/7th Street/Convention Center Metrorail stop on the Green/Yellow Lines directly services the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Multiple Metrobus and D.C. Circulator bus routes also stop on at the Convention Center on Mount Vernon Place NW, M Street NW and 7th Street NW.

Members of the media wishing to cover the memorial service should contact Chinyere Hubbard with Events DC at 202.439.5133 or chubbard@eventsdc.com. A media room with access to a video feed of the memorial service will be provided.

Pool video feed of the service will be provided through the DC Government’s Office of Cable Television. For more information on the feed, please contact Kenneth Borden at 202.671.0057 or kenneth.borden@dc.gov.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Chuck Brown Foundation, Inc. PO Box 4558, Silver Spring, MD 20914 (www.thechuckbrownfoundation.com). The Chuck Brown Foundation is a Maryland nonstock corporation. It is in the process of applying for Section 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code.