The Go-Go Symphony is back at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE this weekend, this time with go-go great William “JuJu” House on the drums.
House, who played for D.C. legends Chuck Brown and Rare Essence, will join more than three dozen other musicians for the 8 p.m. show Saturday honoring the District’s homegrown genre. As the Go-Go Symphony plays, the Da Originalz dance group will take the stage and emcee Ashley Jenkins will rap and sing.
The music will include the go-go song “Get Your Hands Up,” and the classical piece “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” but with a go-go twist.
“The thing I like about this program is how it uses so many disparate elements,” the show’s conductor, John Devlin, said.
The concert will be the fourth performance of the Go-Go Symphony since its creation last year. Most seats are sold out, but a limited number of standing-room tickets are still available.
“It’s a really fun time,” Devlin said.