Soul Sister's BDay/Chuck Brown Band


Supporting this campaign ensures that you get a ticket to the show (if you so choose) without having to pay Tipitina's ticket processing added fees!


Hi, I'm DJ Soul Sister of New Orleans! Thanks for your support. It takes teamwork to make the dream work. Thanks for being a part of this musical dream of mine! 

What’s the big deal about Soul Sister’s Birthday Jam?
For the past several years, I’ve thrown my big, annual Birthday Jam at Tipitina’s, always featuring one of my favorite music artists, with me doing an opening set. Past artists have included Trombone Shorty; the “James Brown Get Down” feat. Christian McBride, Nigel Hall, and other special guests; DJ Maseo of De La Soul, Dumpstaphunk, and several other nationally renowned local and visiting/touring artists. This September, not only am I thrilled to celebrate my 41st birthday, but it will be the 10th anniversary of me throwing my birthday jam at Tipitina’s. The location is Tipitina’s because it was the staff at the legendary club 10 years ago who encouraged me take my performances to a bigger stage – their stage, moving me from lounge level to big stage level. I am grateful to Tipitina’s for being a huge part of why so many people are able to hear my sets today, and my birthday jams commemorate that big move to the big stage with a big thank you celebration for my hometown of New Orleans.

Who is The Chuck Brown Band? And why in New Orleans for the Birthday Jam?

This year, it is my dream is to have the Chuck Brown Band of Washington DC be the featured guest of my 10th Annual Birthday Jam. Throughout my life, I have always loved and paid tribute to the legendary creator and "Godfather" of Go-Go, Washington D.C.'s indigenous brand of percussion-filled funk and groove-based music. Chuck passed away in 2012 at age 75, and his sound has been much loved in New Orleans since he introduced the world to go-go with his 1978 hit "Bustin Loose." Not only do I love that D.C. go-go sound and have been playing it for years, but I'm honored to be the only local artist to have opened for him in concert, as I did in 2007 (Jazz Fest) and 2009 (House of Blues) - two of the three of Chuck's only New Orleans appearances since first performing here in 1979 to promote "Bustin' Loose.” If you do not know the music of Chuck Brown or DC go-go, this party will be a rare chance for you to hear some of the most powerful FUNK that you will ever experience. Many New Orleans musicians have also cited the DC go-go funk sound as being influential, and you can hear their mark in groups ranging from the ReBirth Brass Band to the Brass-a-holics. The Chuck Brown Band continues to keep his memory alive, playing for capacity crowds in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area since its bandleader’s passing. This New Orleans show would be a very rare appearance outside of that area. And their show and sound have that GROOVE that will make you MOVE!

Risks and challenges:

Since the Chuck Brown Band is not a regularly touring band, costs to get them to New Orleans here include flights, lodging, and a performance fee for 10 band members. I am asking for your help to make this dream of mine a reality. Your support helps to defray the cost of the performance fee and travel and lodging for the band while keepinig tickets at a true party price.
In return, you will have the time of your life and hear some of the best music you may have never heard before (or haven’t heard in a long time)! So often, people will say, “Let’s bring <insert name of your fave artist> here,” not realizing all of the expenses that go into that effort. Your help will make you an active part of doing just that – bringing a rare and special live concert to New Orleans that would not otherwise happen! Also, if you don’t know who Chuck Brown or his band are, no worries. Once you see them, I promise you will never forget it! And when it comes to music, you have my absolute word that you will not regret it!

With gratitude,
melissa aka dj soul sister
new orleans * usa

Yes! This crowdfunding effort is sanctioned by and has the full support and cooperation of Tipitina's and the management of the Chuck Brown Band.

PLEASE NOTE: Physical gifts will be distributed to New Orleans locals at pick-up points in New Orleans. If you are from out of town and would like your gifts shipped, just include your mailing address. Thank you!

100% of the money donated to this campaign (minus GoFundMe and WePay's 7.9% fee) will go directly to the mission: bringing the Chuck Brown Band to New Orleans on September 9! Supporting this campaign ensures that you get a ticket to the show (if you so choose) without having to pay Tipitina's ticket processing added fees!


The Chuck Brown Band

"New Orleans remembers Washington D.C.'s 'Godfather of Go-Go,' Chuck Brown"  (Times-Picayune, 2012)

Soul Sister interviews Chuck Brown  at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, 2009, Music Heritage Stage (excerpt)

Go-go, the funky, percussive music invented in Washington, D.C.  - Smithsonian, 2015

"Go-Go in NOLA"  - Heard on the Hill, 2012

"Treme Brings Go-Go to New Orleans for Battle of the Bands"  - OffBeat, 2012

Chuck Brown, Godfather of Go-Go, Dies at 75, But Will Live on at the Smithsonian

Chuck Brown’s musical impact: Deep into Washington, and beyond"  - Washington Post, 2012

Archived Podcast of "(Un)Locking D.C. Go-Go"  with Thomas Sayers Ellis on the Soul Power Show with Soul Sister, Dec. 1, 2012, WWOZ

What is Go-Go Music (of Washington DC)? - Wikipedia entry

DJ Soul Sister and Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go, Jazz Fest 2009.

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