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April 17, 2014

Trouble (Funk) in Mind

Trouble Funk, the pioneering go-go institution, gets a big shout-out from the Washington Post as the group prepares for a show celebrating its 35th anniversary at the Howard Theatre on Saturday.

Frontman Big Tony takes readers through the years, including some good-natured conflict with frontline acts they opened for, such as go-go godfather Chuck Brown, Herbie Hancock and Cameo.

And, as seems obligatory in any high-profile coverage of the go-go or hardcore scene that dominated D.C.’s cultural scene in the 1980s especially, there’s the claim that the art form is in danger of dying out and that those darn kids aren’t paying proper respect.

“I wish that a lot of these up-and-coming musicians that play the bounce beat would really get to know the history. I don’t believe they know how important it is to know where you been to get to where you’re going. Go-go is, I don’t think they realize, becoming extinct,” Big Tony tells the Post.

Despite the familiar complaint — coming at a time when go-go culture has exhibits at the Corcoran and around the city’s art galleries — Saturday’s show sounds pretty cool. Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 in advance and $30 at the door.

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