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Remembering Chuck Brown: Go-Go legend died one year ago

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It’s hard to believe that it was one year ago when the music world, and the D.C. area, lost Chuck Brown.

Chuck Brown memorial: D.C., admirers say goodbye

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Chuck Brown memorial: D.C., admirers say goodbye

The life of the “Godfather of Go-Go,” as Brown was called, will be celebrated Thursday at the Howard Theatre.

Brown passed away last May 16 at the age of 75 after a month-long hospitalization.

The celebration will be headlined by The Chuck Brown All Star Go-Go Tribute Band, which includes Chuck’s daughter, KK, The Horny Horns, Sweet Cherie, Frank Scooby Sirius from Familiar Faces, Mighty Moe Hagans, Karlston “Ice” Ross, Marcus Young, and Milton Smith.

Celebrity guests will also be in attendance for the celebration, including Sheila E, Jas, Funk, Sugar Bear from EU, Whiteboy from Rare Essence, Derrick from Vybe, family members of Chuck Brown and many more.

"It’s hard, but he taught us to be strong,” says his daughter KK Brown. “We go to be strong for the fans."

And the children remembered the great outpouring last year from the crowds who lined up outside the Howard as he lay in repose, the thousands who attended the funeral the city government sponsored.

"It was a hard day for us but to see all the people rejoicing to see the street flooded with people dancing and being just grateful for who our father was," says Nekos Brown.

For more information on the celebration, click here.

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