Say It Loud: The JoGo Project featuring Elijah Jamal Balbed & Desiree Jordan

BlackRock Center for the Arts, BlackBox
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, Maryland 20874

The JoGo Project is an ensemble based in Washington, DC dedicated to preserving and promoting DC’s indigenous music – Go-Go.

JoGo was formed in 2014 by Elijah Jamal Balbed – a DC native and Saxophonist who performed with The Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown from 2011 until Chuck’s passing in May of 2012. JoGo continues in the tradition of Chuck Brown by keeping the Jazz elements prominent in the music. Known for a high-energy performance, strong vocals, and one of the baddest percussionists around, JoGo will have you on your feet and sweaty by the end. Bring your dancing shoes and a towel – you’ll need it! And don’t forget, Jazz + Go-Go = JoGo.

A band trying to keep Jazz and Go-Go musics alive, while making the world a better place. In addition to a band, JoGo is a concept. It’s continuing the tradition that Chuck Brown started of taking jazz standards, covers, and even movie/television themes and putting them over a Go-Go beat.

Desiree Jordan is a vocal music performer, recording artist, pianist, and producer on a quest to #KeepGoodMusicAlive — delivering a message of love and light with gifts described as angelic and “Anointed.”

Her performing arts passion evolved from growing up in a musical family in Silver Spring, Maryland. She devotes her sound-healing gifts as a genre-crossing performance artist, as a member of several music collectives & bands, and as a collaborator on the records of countless fellow artists.


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