Getting Wound Up for Summer Spirit Festival
Joy Freeman | 7/12/2012, 3:18 p.m.
Brooks also prides himself on promoting Civil Rights along with entertainment, through his work with performers like Stevie Wonder, who championed the Martin Luther King holiday. However, Brooks said he's especially proud to be a part of showcasing a musical tribute to Brown, "The Godfather of Go-Go" and one of his musical idols, through this year's Spirit Festival.
"I also produced Chuck Brown's 'Going Away Service' at the [Walter E. Washington] Convention Center. We helped coordinate with Chuck Brown's family, management, and with Freeman Funeral Services for his viewing," said Brooks.
"I think Chuck will be sorely missed. He was the Duke Ellington and Marvin Gaye of our era - musical royalty," said Brooks. "Chuck Brown was the soul of Washington D.C., just as Ellington and Gaye were for their time."
As part of the tribute, Brown's former band will perform, along with KK and D. Floyd, with special guests James Funk, Sugar Bear, "Big" Tony and Andre, and White Boy Johnson. Soul singer Eric Roberson, Huggy Lowdown, Chris Paul, and comedian Red Grant will also entertain the crowd during the afternoon show.
When asked what makes the Summer Spirit Festival so popular, Brooks took a moment to reflect: "Our concert is a neo-soul, musical event and presentation. The arts and crafts - along with the musical and comedy performances - [has an] appeal that gives the festival spirit. We basically have a unique flavor."
On Saturday, August 4, the gates open at 3:00 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion, and the concert is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Merriweather box office, 9:30 Club box office, online at ticketfly.com, merriweathermusic.com, and 9:30.com. Get them before they sell out!