Wind Me Up, Chuck! Mondays
The Chuck Brown Band kicks off Wind Me Up, Chuck! Mondays, an endearing legacy series at The Howard Theatre dedicated to the Godfather of Go-Go's eternal groove. This residency will feature stellar collaborations between The Chuck Brown Band and a medley of Artists and Icons who inspired Chuck Brown and were influenced by the man himself. The Chuck Brown Band includes: Chuck's daughter, KK; D Floyd; Scooby; Sweet Cherie; Kenny Kwickfoot Gross; Mighty Mo Hagans; Karlston Ice Ross; Marcus Young; Greg Boyer; Bryan Mills; and Brad Clements. Before his passing on May 16th, Chuck Brown spent decades transforming the Go-Go scene that he created, with unparalleled musicianship and legendary performances that gained fans as he toured around the world. The music became the heartbeat of the Nation's Capital, as Chuck put it: "We get love everywhere we go, but we always love coming home to DC. Go-Go belongs to DC." Throughout his extensive musical career, the beloved guitarist, singer and songwriter recorded over 22 albums, eventually receiving a Grammy Nomination in 2010 for his collaboration with Jill Scott and Marcus Miller on "Love," the hit single from Chuck's last album studio album, We Got This. Since Go-Go is known for its non-stop groove-laden sets, it's true to form that Chuck Brown and Soul Searcher's 1978 hit "Bustin' Loose" found a new peak in 2002 when it was sampled by Nelly's hit "Hot in Herre" and then again in 2005 as the Home Run Celebration Song of The Nationals, while remaining in constant rotation on radio, dancefloor, and concert setlists. As such, Chuck's music will never stop moving DC and beyond. While the maestro is physically gone, Chuck's soul resonates from DC and the band plays on....
Ledisi Young was raised in the New Orleans, Louisiana area until moving to Oakland, California while still a child. She grew up in a musical family; her mother, Nyra Dynese, sang in a local band called Coronava, and her stepfather, Joseph Pierce III, was a drummer. Her biological father is Larry Saunders, a Soul singer and musician who was most active in the 1970s. She's also the granddaughter of the late Blues singer Johnny Ace. Ledisi began performing at a very young age, and even wrote her first song at the age of 4. As a teenager, she became president of her high school Gospel choir.
Eventually, Ledisi started a six-member band in the 1990s, with the group's title, Anibade, originating from her middle name. The group played mostly in the San Francisco Bay area as a regional act. Ultimately, Ledisi pursued a solo career and managed to release a heavily Jazz-influenced independent album on her own label, LeSun Records. Her second studio album was also independently released, but prior to her third album in 2007, she signed with the Verve Forecast label, which is mostly known for its roster of smooth Jazz artists.
It wasn't until her 2009 album, Turn Me Loose that Ledisi fully embraced R&B/Soul music. The album, her fourth, managed to make it as high as No. 14 on the Billboard albums chart, eclipsing her third album, Lost & Found, which was nominated for two Grammys but only reached No. 78 on the albums chart. Turn Me Loose which was also nominated for two Grammys, helped increase her R&B profile significantly. Her fifth studio album Pieces Of Me, and fourth release for Verve Forecast, including a 2008 Christmas album, was released in June 2011.