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The History of Go-Go: A 6-Step Guide to the Essentials

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With DC’s homegrown music style in the news, here’s a quick primer for the uninitiated.

or decades, go-go music has been the District’s most powerful homegrown cultural creation. But lately, its unique pulse has served as a flashpoint as much as a soundtrack. After a neighbor in a luxury building complained about go-go recordings playing outside a Shaw cell-phone store, the #DontMuteDC movement was born—an effort to save not only the beat of black Washington but also the people and places at the heart of it. As the DC Council considers a bill to make go-go the city’s official music, here’s a brief, non-comprehensive look at some of the music and moments that have shaped the genre over its nearly 50-year history.

1. Essential Recordings

The live experience is the heart of go-go, but there are plenty of great recordings, too. We asked a couple of experts for their picks. Nico “the GoGo-Ologist” Hobson, who runs Go-Go Radio Live, shared his favorite PA tapes, which are the live recordings that have long chronicled the scene. Kevin “Kato” Hammond, who founded Take Me Out to the Go-Go magazine and has played guitar in several go-go bands, lists his picks for studio tracks.

Nico the GoGo-Ologist’s PA Picks (in chronological order)

Read full story at the Washingtonian https://www.washingtonian.com/2019/10/30/history-go-go-6-step-guide-the-essentials/

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EIGHT WAYS TO SPEND YOUR CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS CHECK WISELY

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Black Americans will be among the millions in the country expected to get a stimulus check tied to the novel coronavirus relief package.

The U.S. government will provide individual American adults with $1,200 and married couples with $2,400. Parents will get an extra $500 for each child they have under 17. Those making over $75,000 will pocket lower amounts. Singles making $99,000 or more and married couples with children making $198,000 will get zero.

Many observers are asking when will we see the money? A Treasury Department proposal called for the checks to be issued beginning April 6, and another wave in mid-May. The checks are part of the $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus package that became law in late March. Yet some financial experts claim the money might not arrive until May.

The $2 trillion measure is the largest economic package in U.S. history. It’s aimed to help people who have lost jobs from the coronavirus’ colossal blow to the economy pay essential bills, including mortgages, rent and utilities. For those working and still getting a stimulus check, one question looms: will they use the money to pay debts, save, invest, or help the economy and small businesses where they live?

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BILL WITHERS ‘LEAN ON ME’ SINGER PASSES AWAY AT 81

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Bill Withers — the soulful singer-songwriter known for his string of hits in the ’70s — has died from heart complications … according to his family.

Withers died Monday in Los Angeles, but his family announced it Friday morning, saying … “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other.”

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