WASHINGTON (AP) — Fans of the late go-go music pioneer Chuck Brown have paid tribute to the performer at a four-hour dance party in the nation’s capital.

The throng gathered at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Thursday afternoon to remember Brown, who died May 16 at the age of 75. The Washington Post reported that the crowd played his music, people danced, and
comedians, preachers and others took turns honoring Brown.

VIPs, including Mayor Vincent Gray, also showed up to pay tribute.

Brown styled an eclectic mix of funk, soul and Latin party sounds to create go-go music. His music and his deep, gravelly
voice were uniquely identified with Washington, the city where he continued to play the club circuit late in life.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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