Sat, Jan 13|
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Say It Loud: The JoGo Projectt Featuring Elijah Jamal Balbed & Desiree Jordan
Poetry slam, musical performance tribute to Aretha Franklin, 2 films "AMAZING GRACE" & "RESPECT" along with a Special BlackRock Montage of memorable Aretha Franklin performances from MLK to President Obama
Time & Location
Jan 13, 2024, 8:00 PM
BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr, Germantown, MD 20874, USA
About the Event
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.
Interpreting music from Gospel to Classical, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Funk, Soul, to Pop and Electronic, Desiree has shared her musical gifts nationally and internationally. She is honored to have performed on famed stages such as Washington DC’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Blues Alley Jazz Supper Club and City Winery; NYC’s Sounds of Brazil (S.O.B.’s), B.B. Kings Blues Club, and The Shrine World Music Venue; and more. Desiree has led music workshops in the U.S. East Coast, Mid-West and the Caribbean.
FILM FESTIVAL WILL BE AT 11AM.