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A New Basketball Team Trades On DC’s Go-Go Heritage. Is That a Good Thing? - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Feb 01,2018
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BY CHRISTOPHER PORTER

WASHINGTON, DC. - Over the years, a handful of Washington’s pro sports teams have taken their names from various aspects of DC life, such as the Senators, the Capitals, and the Diplomats. Now comes another such moniker, but this one is the most local yet: the Capital City Go-Go. Named after the District’s renowned indigenous music style, the Go-Go will be part of the NBA’s G League, a farm-team system akin to minor-league baseball. The squad—which is affiliated with the Wizards and likewise owned by Ted Leonsis’s Monumental Sports & Entertainment—will play in a 4,200-seat arena that’s now under construction in Southeast DC.

At a December press conference, Leonsis unveiled the Go-Go’s name and logo, which features a conga drum—the genre’s signature instrument. The billionaire then told a story about once watching go-go pioneer Chuck Brown walk down a street and referred to the genre as “the music we grew up with.”

It isn’t hard to imagine people with a deep investment in go-go’s history responding with a quote from a seminal group, the Junkyard Band: “Uh-oh!” After all, go-go is profoundly rooted in DC’s African-American community, and Leonsis, who is white and hails from Brooklyn and Massachusetts, didn’t grow up with it (even if he did start listening to the music as a student at Georgetown in the 1970s).

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