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Mayor Bowser to Sign Legislation Designating Go-Go as DC’s Official Music

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

(Washington, DC) – On Wednesday, February 19, at 4 pm, Mayor Muriel Bowser will host a community celebration to sign a bill designating Go-Go music as the official music of Washington, DC. The legislation calls for the implementation of a program to support, preserve, and archive Go-Go music and its history. The event will feature performances by The Backyard Band and DJ Supa Dan.

On February 4, the Council voted unanimously to pass Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s bill to make Go-Go the District’s official music. Go-Go music originated in the District during the mid-1960s to late 1970s and is a fusion of many different musical forms, including funk, blues, soul, and salsa. The unique genre got its name from one of its founders, the late “Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown.


Wednesday, February 19, at 4 pm


Mayor Bowser
Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 5
Councilmember Vincent Gray, Ward 7
Councilmember Trayon White, Ward 8
Shawn Townsend, Director, Mayor’s Office of Nightlife and Culture
Anwan “Big G” Glover
Ms. Kim
The Backyard Band
DJ Supa Dan
Various Go-Go Artists


Culture House DC
700 Delaware Avenue, SW

All reporters and other media interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected]. To view the event online, visit or tune in on Channel 16 (DCN).