WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A year has passed since D.C. lost the musical legend Chuck Brown. The Godfather of Go-Go died at age 75.
Thursday night there's a special tribute concert in his memory. The tribute concert takes place at the Howard Theatre. Doors open at 10 p.m. and the music starts at 10:30 p.m.
A long list of Go-Go bands, Sheila E and maybe even some surprise guests will pay tribute to the legendary Chuck Brown. The younger generation of musicians say they feel the pressure of fulfilling Chuck's dream to make Go-Go global, but they have hope and inspiration because they feel the music has grown in popularity with his passing.
His daughter will be on stage Thursday night. His daughter, KK, sings lead vocals in the tribute band. KK described this past year as an emotional roller coaster. On taking the stage one year to the day that she lost her father, she said, "It's overwhelming. I'll be crying but I'll have to wipe my tears and be a big girl and perform and show everybody what he told us. He told us to be strong. He was a strong man so I have to be strong."
What keeps her going? "Just how strong my father was. The wisdom that he had, just his stories and just seeing him going, even to the day he died he was still fighting. He was always a fighter. Just knowing that he never quit so no need for me to quit. I'm too young for that," shared KK.
What struck Delia Goncalves most about KK were obviously her smile, giggle and those shades. She asked KK if she wanted to take her sunglasses off for the interview. She said "did you ever see my dad take off his shades?" She kept her glasses on just like her dad.
Chuck Brown never made it to the renovated Howard Theatre. His performance was canceled when he got sick. But any fan and family member will tell you when at the funeral - the celebration of his life at the Howard - he graced the stage and his spirit filled the theatre.
If you can't get enough Go-Go, stop by our studios at 4100 Wisconsin Avenue for a free concert featuring Rare Essence. That show starts at 5 p.m.