Gogo Comedy Jam
Come join us for a night of non-stop laughter and good music at the Gogo Comedy Jam! Get ready for a hilarious evening filled with top-notch comedian Rob Gordan who will have you rolling in the aisles. This in-person event will be held at The Boro Tysons, located on Broad Street in Tysons, VA, USA. Don’t miss out on the funniest show in town – grab your friends and get ready to laugh until your sides hurt!
The Gogo Comedy Jam is proud to feature the renowned T.O.B. Band as part of the electrifying entertainment. Since its inception in 2004, the TOB Band has captivated audiences with a distinctive sound that resonates across the “DMV”. Rooted in the rich Go-Go heritage of D.C., TOB not only delivers exceptional music but also embraces a mission of fostering harmony within their community.
The band’s music seamlessly blends contemporary hits with cherished classics, a formula that has garnered them a devoted following over the past decade. Recognized as “The Crank of the Bounce Beat,” TOB has received numerous accolades, including the coveted “Band of the Year” award at DC’s Go-Go Awards ceremony. Embodying a shared passion for Go-Go music and community upliftment, each member contributes their unique skills to a collective endeavor. Their aim is creating a positive change through their music. T.O.B.’s peace-driven initiatives, and dedicated service, continues to be an inspiring force that elevates both their city and the world.
The Groovy Legacy of Go-go Music and the Rise of Hip-hop in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., is not just the nation’s capital. It’s a melting pot of vibrant music scenes that have resonated across the ages. From the rhythmic beats of Go-go to the pulsating rhythms of modern hip-hop, D.C. has always been a haven for musical innovation and evolution.
The city’s history is rich with the sounds of Go-go music. Born from the streets of D.C. in the 1970s, Go-go is a pulsating blend of funk, Latin, and soul. Names like Chuck Brown, Trouble Funk, and Backyard Band have etched their names into the annals of this genre, with their unique beats and party spirit.
The Groovy Legacy of Go-go Music in Washington, D.C.
When you hear the rhythmic drums and infectious basslines echoing through the streets of Washington, D.C., there’s no mistaking it – you’re in the heartland of Go-go music. This iconic cultural art form has shaped the musical landscape of the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) for decades and remains an unparalleled celebration of community, rhythm, and resistance.
The history of Go-go music in the nation’s capital can be traced back to the 1970s. Emerging from the streets of D.C., it was a vibrant response to a changing city, capturing the unique pulse and energy of the time. Go-go’s distinctive beat, an unending loop that feels like a live party that never stops, became a staple in the city’s clubs, block parties, and radios.
Enter Chuck Brown, fondly known as the “Godfather of Go-go.” He pioneered the genre, infusing his funk performances with a unique blend of Latin beats, African rhythms, and raw, soulful lyrics. Chuck’s influence paved the way for other iconic Go-go artists and bands.
Trouble Funk gave the scene its electrifying bass drops, while Little Benny & The Masters amped up the party spirit. E.U. (Experience Unlimited) gained international recognition with their classic “Da’ Butt” in the late ’80s. The street-savvy beats of Junkyard Band gave voice to the challenges and aspirations of inner-city life. And in more recent times, Backyard Band has kept the legacy alive, reinforcing Go-go’s position as the authentic sound of D.C.
Yet, Go-go is more than just music. It’s a movement that signifies resilience in the face of gentrification, advocating for cultural preservation. The music has been a voice for those often overlooked, uniting diverse communities under a rhythmic banner.
Yet, as Go-go’s beats reverberate through the streets, a new sound is also emerging. Washington, D.C.’s hip-hop scene is witnessing the rise of a rap sensation: Noochie.
Noochie: The Future of D.C.’s Hip-hop
Hailing from the bustling streets of Washington, D.C., (Barry Farm S.E.) Noochie is more than just an emerging artist. He’s a testament to the city’s evolving musical tapestry. Born in 1996, this young talent is deeply entrenched in D.C.’s musical heritage. His father, Oneway Boobe, was a pivotal figure in the renowned OyBoyz, which soared to prominence throughout the 2000s.
In the ever-evolving landscape of hip-hop, Noochie stands as a testament to untamed talent and relentless dedication. Noochie has already walked among greatness, etching his mark as a Washington D.C. rap sensation. Having the distinction of being among the select few artists from the D.C. area to join forces with a major label, Atlantic Records, in 2017, Noochie has embarked on a new chapter of his journey, forging an independent path in collaboration with Scream Entertainment.
Noochie first got on with his 2016 mixtape, “Product of the DMV,” hosted by Bigga Rankin & released under OY Music Group/Empire. This pivotal release introduced the world to the viral sensation “Gutta,” a track that resonated far beyond its genre, earning accolades from XXL who praised its infectious positivity, hailing it as a trap anthem with a difference. The Washington Post’s assessment in 2020 encapsulated Noochie’s sonic identity, describing it as a blend of raw street-level storytelling and the kind of sound that could seamlessly soundtrack a sports commercial. This fusion of authenticity and appeal is a testament to Noochie’s roots as an audio engineer, a craft he delved into from an early age, perfectly complementing the lyrical prowess he’s been cultivating since his adolescence.
Noochie has found himself in esteemed company, collaborating with notable figures like Rich Homie Quan, Grammy-winning producer Om’mas Keith, Jazze Pha, and Drumma Boy. Sharing stages with the likes of Lil Uzi Vert, his engineering background has endowed him with an intuitive understanding of sound. His studio skills make him a sought-after recording artist and a coveted creative collaborator.
Noochie released a project coming out of the pandemic produced by Drumma Boy. His single was heavily supported by The Coalition DJs DMV because it unfurled yet another layer of his undeniable artistry. His 2022 single, “Move,” speaks volumes about his current industry stance. Noochie elucidates, “Move” reflects the attitude I carry towards the industry right now. Teaming up with Drumma Boy took it to a whole new level of energy. I sense that my time has arrived, and the industry needs to make space for me.” He punctuates this sentiment with a resounding declaration, “So they need to move.”
Fuelled by his gift, underpinned by authenticity, and championed by a city that recognizes him as the catalyst for a breakthrough, Noochie stands on the brink of greatness, all while remaining grounded. When he rapped his way out of the “gutta,” his commitment to staying true and real emerged as non-negotiable principles. Noochie encapsulates his ethos by stating,
“I’m unwaveringly true to myself, regardless of the cost. My music is a timeless testament to who I am.”
Noochie is a testament to the enduring power of raw talent, passion, and authenticity. As he paves his own unique path, the world eagerly anticipates the mark he will leave on the global hip-hop stage. Find his 2023 release “Too Grown” Featuring Alex Vaughn, out now on all streaming platforms.
Yet, it isn’t just his music that’s captivating. With a massive digital footprint – over 77,000 Instagram followers and a whopping 100,000 monthly listeners on Spotify – Noochie’s influence is undeniable.
As we revel in D.C.’s musical evolution, we must not forget the legacy from which it sprung. The city invites you to an event that promises both laughter and soulful tunes:
Gogo Comedy Jam
Saturday, September 16 · 3 – 7pm EDT
The Boro Tysons, Broad Street, Tysons, VA, USA
8350 Broad Street Tysons, VA 22102
Gear up for 4 riveting hours at the Gogo Comedy Jam! Groove to the iconic beats of Go-go music, the comedic genius of Rob Gordan promises to keep you in stitches.
From Go-go to Noochie’s hip-hop, Washington, D.C.’s musical journey is a testament to its rich history and promising future. The city’s symphony is ever-evolving, and we’re all eager to see where the next beat takes us.