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A sign honors Chuck Brown as devotees gather on "Chuck Brown Way" May 20 to mourn the "godfather of go-go," who died May 16.
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  A sign honors Chuck Brown as devotees gather on "Chuck Brown Way" May 20 to mourn the "godfather of go-go," who died May 16.

As fans of Chuck Brown mourn the legendary D.C. musician's passing, there's still no official word from city leaders on where and when the public memorial service will be held.

But this weekend on the block of 7th Street known as "Chuck Brown Way," impromptu celebrations sprung up throughout the weekend. Dozens gathered Sunday to dance and pay tribute to the man known as the "Godfather of Go-Go." 

And as more and more of these celebrations pop up to honor the singer, fans and friends are hoping the  official funeral service for the artist will be held at the proper place. When legendary Go-Go musician Little Benny died in 2010, the memorial service was held at the Washington Convention Center, points out Ron Moten, a candidate for D.C. Council from Ward 7 who helped organized Sunday's event

"So you know with Chuck, you're going to need the Verizon center," Moten said. "He's a statesman; they probably should put his body somewhere for a couple of days that the city can view, and then have a funeral." 

Mayor Vincent Gray has called for city flags to be flown at half-staff when the funeral is held.

Correction: The original version of this story mis-identified when the artist known as Little Benny died. Anthony Harley, also known as "Little Benny," died in 2010.

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