Howard Theatre hosts Chuck Brown's birthday party

    WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- On the day Howard Theatre in NW D.C. turned 103 years old, this historic hall played host to the birthday party of another D.C. institution: Go-go music legend Chuck Brown.

    His all-star tribute band headlined the event on what would have been Brown’s 77th birthday. Brown, who has been credited with helping create this genre of music, died in May of 2012.

    Vocalist Donnell Floyd told ABC7 just before going on stage that Brown was more than a musician – he was his mentor:

    "And just for him not to be here is just unbelievable. So we are going to try to uplift his name tonight, have a celebration tonight about an incredible life. He was our Bob Marley."

    Frank Sirius grew up listening to Chuck Brown’s mesmerizing beat and now he’s in the band, honored to bring Brown’s sound to another generation of fans.

    "Chuck Brown was a rock star to me," said Sirius. "There's never going to be another Chuck Brown. So all we can do is try to keep his music going and spread his love."

    Though Brown was known far and wide as the godfather of go-go, to Cherita Whiting, Brown was, above all, her father.

    "It's actually my first time seeing my dad's band perform since he passed because I felt like it was a little too hard to see them without him," she said.

    Whiting also said that while being here will certainly be emotional, she's lifted up knowing that so many continue to find meaning and inspiration from her dad's music.

    "He's touched so many lives that I can't think of anybody who is more deserving of any accolade," said Whiting. "I'm so happy that people still honor him. I'm so happy people still love him."

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