Wizards pay homage to city’s musical tradition with the naming Capital City Go-Go

Dec 4th, 2017 | By | Category: Arts & Culture, Business, Community, Entertainment, News & Features, Sports

On Friday, the Washington Wizards announced the name of their new G League affiliate–the Capital City Go-Go.

The Washington Wizards honor their city’s renowned musical culture by announcing on Friday, that their new G-League affiliate team will be named the Capital City Go-Go.

According to Wizards’ owner Ted Leonsis, the name was developed from successful go-go nights last season, which spurred Leonsis to meet with the local community.

Leonsis added, that the name is natural and the organization is paying homage to the long-standing culture, that was pushed to the forefront by “The Godfather of Go-Go,” Chuck Brown, whose family the Wizards embrace during go-go nights.

“I remember the first year that I bought the Wizards and moved into the office here, looking out my window and seeing Chuck walking up the street,” Leonsis recalled in the presser of the local legend who passed away in May of 2012. “Man, he was just the coolest, the coolest looking guy. I remember he had this great black hat on and the way he strode up the street, everyone running around him giving him handshakes so it just feels right for us and I think the city will bond with it.”

Esteemed in Washington, D.C., the subgenre originated in the mid-60s with the contributions of Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Young Senators and Black Heat. The music is a mix of rhythm and blues and old school hip hop and focuses on the usage of lo-fi percussions. It uses a funk rhythm and emphasizes live audience call and response that can be done in dance halls or street percussions.

Younger generations may not be quite familiar with Chuck Brown because In the early 2000s, TCB, a D.C. band, created an innovation to go-go called bounce beat. The innovation gave rise to more recognizable bands such as Reaction, TOB, New Impressionz, ABM, and XIB. Bounce beat carries a deeper tone and relies on instruments such as timbales, drums, bass and keyboards.

Capital City has two logos — a primary and alternate. The primary logo features a Conga drum, the most distinct instrument used in the genre, with stripes that represent the D.C. flag and a classic Washington basketball.

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