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Chuck Brown's Go-Go Legacy Plans Move Forward

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Chuck Brown performing at the Inaugural Gala for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in January 2011.
Chuck Brown performing at the Inaugural Gala for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in January 2011.

Plans to immortalize Chuck Brown's legacy are moving forward. The million-dollar amphitheater will be built in the part of Langdon Park that was renamed Chuck Brown Memorial Park last month.

Michael Marshall designed the community space and says the venue in northeast D.C. will have a steel band shell, seating, pictures from Chuck Brown's life, and cherry blossom trees.

"The pavilion will honor Chuck Brown's legacy by providing a music venue so that local bands can have an outlet to play," says Marshall. "Hopefully homegrown, Washington D.C. genre music."

Marshall describes the design as modern and high-tech. He says that's fitting for the godfather of go-go.

"When you look at photographs of Chuck Brown and when he would wear those cool space age looking sunglasses, and the types of guitars and music and instruments they had, it was all very contemporary," says Marshall.

He remembers watching shows in Langdon Park as a boy. "When I was a kid, there would be outdoor concerts during the summer, spring and fall. I think this will continue the same kind of culture."

Marshall expects the stage to be ready for local performers sometime this year.

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