A huge tribute to DC go-go music was unveiled Tuesday on what an official called a “sacred corner” for the district’s sound.
The new go-go mural on Florida Avenue and Seventh Street NW shows a young person hitting a rhythm on an overturned plastic jug. Capital letters say “GO-GO CITY”.
Wall mural artist Kaliq Crosby, a native of DC, said he would like the mural to inspire people and send a message of joy. He said he intended to tell “the story of people without anything making it into anything.”
“They did not have instruments, so they were used no matter what they could get,” Crosby said at the unveiling ceremony.
Go-go, with its distinctive beat and emphasis on call and response, can be heard on the corner every day. The music sparked complaints from some residents in 2019. Go-go fans responded with a movement called “Don’t Mute DC” and a pop-up concert.
Christine Davis, interim director of the district’s Department of Public Works, called the site mural and music sacred.
“I can not tell you how many times I have laughed out loud as I have seen people from every background you can imagine dancing that no one sees,” she said at the unveiling ceremony.
“The message on the 7th and Florida could not be clearer – you can and will not turn DC off. Go-Go is DC and DC is Go-Go, ”Mayor Muriel Bowser added in a written statement later Tuesday.
Bowser declared go-go the official music of DC last year. Every August 22 in DC is Chuck Brown Day honoring Go-Go’s sponsor.
Go here to learn about murals that can be found throughout the district. Artists for the 2021 season were asked to reflect “DC pride, social justice, statehood, and / or gender equality.”