Don't Mute DC's Go-Go Music and Culture

Don't Mute DC's Go-Go Music and Culture

Native Washingtonians are up in arms to defend the future of
Go-Go music. There was a lot of emotions at a rally organized by community activists
last night to support Go-Go at the Metro PCS Store on 7th and Florida NW.

At the center of the dispute is D.C’s indigenous Go-Go
Music whose cultural and historic significance in Washington, D.C.
is well documented.

As one activist puts it, “DC is Go-Go. You can’t have DC without Go-Go!” Today it’s go-go, tomorrow it’s going to be you.”

DC is Go-Go. You can’t have DC without Go-Go! Today it’s go-go, tomorrow it’s going to be you.

–  Protester

According to the petition filed by Ronald Moten a longtime peace activist, go-go promoter and a DC Native and Dr. Natalie Hopkinson, author of Go-Go Live, “The
record store and cell phone carrier at the corner of Georgia and Florida Avenue
NW (U Street) has been playing D.C’s indigenous Go-Go Music since the late
1990s. Neighbors in newly constructed condos across the street pressured the
city and then T-Mobile, to force the owners to stop playing the music.”

The current petition wants supporters to tell those involved
in the dispute namely, T-Mobile, the city, and residents who don’t understand
the cultural significance and history of go-go music in Washington, D.C. that
this is unacceptable; they must bring back the music!

Tell those involved in the dispute namely, T-Mobile, the city, and residents who don’t understand the cultural significance and history of go-go music in Washington, D.C. that this is unacceptable; they must bring back the music!

At the time of going to press, nearly 45,000 Go-Go supporters
had signed the petition which is available at change.org

About Go-Go Music:

Go-go, the
funky, percussive music invented in Washington, D.C.

Courtesy National Museum of American History

1 Comment

  1. Go-Go is really part of DC’s cultural fabric and should be fearlessly preserved
    Grew up in North West and this place bring s much memories for me . I missed the good days we would pass by this spot whenever we were on Florida.

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