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Folklife Festival honors Chuck Brown


** FILE ** In this Feb. 13, 2011 photo, Chuck Brown arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Brown, who styled a unique brand of funk music as a singer, guitarist and songwriter known as the “godfather of go-go,” died Wednesday, May 16, 2012 after suffering from pneumonia. He was 75. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival will pay tribute to the “godfather of go-go” Chuck Brown on Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. different performances and activities will be held in his honor in the Citified section, which celebrates the culture of Southeast Washington.

Activities include an hour-long workout to go-go music and performances by Cold Hearted Band, No Question Band, and Junkyard Band. His band members will also hold a discussion about his career, and a narrative stage session will reflect on the evolution of the music genre.

Brown was 75 when he died in May.

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