National Symphony Orchestra honors DC's own: Chuck Brown, Ellington, Sousa
WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.
Watch ABC7 for reports on the concert.