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Friday, May 18, 2012

Chuck Brown, the cherished innovator of Washington D.C.’s funky go-go sound, died on Wednesday, leaving a city in mourning. Today, we talk about the past, present, and uncertain future of go-go. Plus, Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds joins us in studio for a live performance.

Go-Go: The Beat of D.C.

Earlier this week, Washington D.C. music legend Chuck Brown died at age 75. Brown was known as the Godfather of Go-Go: the funky, bluesy sound that was born in, and helped define, African-American life in the city - particularly in the 1970s and '80s. These days, you’re more likely to find it in the suburbs, if you can find it at all. We talk with Natalie Hopkinson, author of the social history “Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City.”

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The Mynabirds: In Studio

Singer-songwriter and Washington D.C. native Laura Burhenn was last in our studio with the indie band Georgie James. These days, she’s singing soulful pop as frontwoman of The Mynabirds. She joins us for a solo performance live in our studio - and a preview of The Mynabirds' forthcoming record.

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Gig Alert: Yarn|Wire

The acoustic ensemble Yarn|Wire plays The Stone on Friday night. Download "Tile Mosaic (After Chagall)," from the group's 2010 album.

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