YouTube du Jour: Go-Go Swing Documentary


When Chuck Brown died on May 16 this year, it marked not only the loss of a great musician, but the rare passing of a cultural founding father. Brown is credited with creating and popularizing go-go, a subgenre of funk music that, despite ups and downs in national and worldwide popularity, has remained a potent musical and cultural force around Brown’s hometown of Washington D.C. and its environs.

Tonight, two of New Orleans’ biggest go-go fans—the Brass-A-Holics and DJ Soul Sister—join forces for a go-go tribute to Chuck Brown at Tipitina’s. The Brass-A-Holics, winners of the 2011 Best of the Beat Award for Best New Artist, play a go-go influenced style of New Orleans brass band music they call “go-go brass funk”. DJ Soul Sister regularly pulls from her deep collection of go-go records both on the radio and at her shows, and opened for Brown at his last two concerts in New Orleans, in ’07 and ’09. Doors for tonight’s show open at 10 p.m., and tickets are $10.

Those interested in go-go will be glad to know that a 1989 television documentary called Go-Go Swing has been uploaded to YouTube. The doc features Brown and other go-go artists performing and talking about the history of the genre. You can watch the first of six parts above, and the rest below.