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Smithsonian festival honors go-go godfather in DC

Saturday - 7/7/2012, 7:50am  ET

WASHINGTON - The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is hosting a daylong tribute to the "godfather of go-go" music, Chuck Brown, this weekend on the National Mall.

Organizers are designating Saturday as "Chuck Brown Tribute Day." Part of the festival's program is devoted to celebrating the arts and culture of black neighborhoods in Washington. The tributes will run from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Brown died in May at age 75.

The tributes include musical performances, an hour-long fitness workout to the sounds of go-go, and storytelling on the history of go-go and Brown's music career. At least three bands will perform, including Cold Hearted Band, No Question Band and Junkyard Band.

The festival is free and continues through Sunday. It's held outdoors between 7th and 14th streets on the National Mall.

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