Chuck Brown on the Capitol Lawn

Chuck Brown, known as the godfather of go-go music in Washington, is joining the National Symphony Orchestra for its annual Labor Day weekend concert on the Capitol lawn.

The NSO Pops will host the ``Legends of Washington Music'' concert Sunday evening at 8 p.m. The concert will celebrate the music of the nation's capital with tunes by Washington natives John Philip Sousa and Duke Ellington, as well as Brown, who originated go-go in the District of Columbia.

The concert is free and will be held on the Capitol's west lawn.

Ellington's granddaughter, Mercedes Ellington, also will perform with the orchestra during a section devoted to Ellington's jazz.

The jazz great was born in Washington in 1899.

The concert opens with music by Sousa, who was born in Washington in 1854.

There will be limited handicapped parking available for the handicapped along Constitution Avenue between 1st and 3rd Streets.  The National Park Service advises attendees to take public transportation, because the roadways immediately surrounding the Capitol will be closed and parking will be extremely limited.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
Contact Us