WASHINGTON, D.C. - This weekend's Opening Act is The Soul Searchers, Chuck Brown's backup band. Chuck Brown and the poly-rhythmic backing back are the undisputed sole founders and creators of Go-Go music, a hypnotically danceable genre deeply rooted in funk and soul that he developed in the early 70’s, and the only form of expressive culture to originate in the District of Columbia.
Brown went on to have several Billboard charting hits including "Bustin Loose" and "We Need Some Money," and he even received a Grammy nomination for a song with Jill Scott and Marcus Miller on "We Got This" in 2010.
Chuck Brown passed away on May 16, 2012. Chuck Brown Memorial Park opened on August 22, 2014. The Soul Searchers, who toured the world with the Godfather carries the torch and keeps the beat and legacy alive.
The band performed at Ben's Chili Bowl's 60th anniversary celebration. The restaurant became a stop-in for many celebrities, but for Ali one stands out above all others during her 60 years in business: president-elect Barack Obama.
"For his first visit out in Washington was here at Ben’s Chili Bowl. That had a big impact and being my age, and I’ll be 85 in a couple of months, to see this African-American become president was just more than I had ever dreamed of," said Ali.
To mark the 60th milestone, the District gave the 1200 block of U Street the honorary name of "Ben's Chili Bowl Way".