Go-Go Museum and Café Collection
The Go-Go Museum & Café and partners collected 11 oral histories, produced two go-go concerts, and organized a major conference on go-go: “Go-Go Preservation Week 2021” in collaboration with the Traditional Arts DC project at Howard University. The Go-Go-Preservation Week panel discussions, concerts, and oral history collections.
- Creation: 2021
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Biographical / Historical
The Go-Go Museum and Café is the culmination of decades of advocacy by musicians, scholars, and organizers. When cultural activist Ronald "Moe" Moten called for funding a Go-Go museum on January 6, 2020, hundreds of supporters contributed to an online crowdsourcing campaign to make the Museum a reality. Local radio station WPGC 95.5 hosted a 12-hour Go-Go radiothon at the Central Communications/MetroPCS store at the center of the DON'T MUTE DC movement that began in 2019 in the Shaw neighborhood.
The Go-Go Museum and Café provides a foundational introduction to Go-Go music and culture, a mix of funk, R and B, hip-hop, and Afro-Latin rhythms created in the 1970s by "Godfather of Go-Go" Chuck Brown and his Washington D.C. fans. The mission of the Museum is to document, preserve, and innovate Go-Go music. The Museum hosts live music and exhibitions in Southeast Washington, D.C., online, and off-site.
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- License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Creative Commons license.
This collection was transferred to The People's Archive in June 2022.
- Go-Go Museum and Café Collection
- An inventory of the Go-Go Museum and Café Collection at DC Public Library
- Laura Farley
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