The nation’s capital says goodbye to a man who helped put the city on the map as far as music is concerned.
A memorial service for Chuck Brown is set for today in Washington D.C.’s convention center. The service is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Organizers are advising those who plan to attend to use public transportation.
They say the doors to the service will be closed once the capacity crowd of 14,500 people is reached.
Doug E. Fresh, Ledisi, and Mike Epps are among the celebrities who will be attending, along with current mayor Vincent Gray, former mayor Marion Barry and D.C. delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.
The man known as the Godfather of Go-Go died last week after an illness. He was 75.
Chuck Brown Public Memorial Service
Thursday, May 31st
12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
The Brown Family, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Events DC and The Howard Theatre have invited fans of the late Go-Go Grammy Nominated Icon Chuck Brown to a Public Memorial memorializing and celebrating his life and contributions to the District’s and the nation’s musical and cultural heritage. The Public Memorial Service will include; The Brown Family, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Chairman Kwame Brown, Councilman Marion Barry, City Officials, VIP’s, Dr. Michael A. Freeman (Eulogy, Spirit of Faith Church), Celebrity Guests including; Donnie Simpson (Host), Doug E. Fresh, Mike Epps, Ledisi, Kindred the Family Soul, Tom Joyner, Raheem DeVaughn, Sugar Bear, Omarosa, Cliff Jones, Tye Tribbett, Big G, Huggy Lowdown, Chris Paul, Rock Newman, The Chuck Brown Band and more to be announced.
The use of public transportation is also strongly encouraged for the memorial service. The Mount Vernon Square/7th Street/Convention Center Metrorail stop on the Green/Yellow Lines
directly services the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Multiple Metrobus and D.C. Circulator bus routes also stop on at the Convention Center on Mount Vernon Place NW, M Street NW and 7th Street NW.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Chuck Brown Foundation, Inc. PO Box 4558, Silver Spring, MD 20914 (www.thechuckbrownfoundation.com). The Chuck Brown Foundation is a Maryland nonstock corporation. It is in the process of applying for Section 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code.
CHUCK BROWN SERVICE
RUN OF PROGRAM TIMELINE
DOORS OPEN/SEATING 10:00am 11:30am
Praise and Worship/Voices of Praise 11:30am 11:50am
Family is Seated 11:50am 12:00pm
Welcome/Donnie Simpson 12:00pm 12:05pm
Presentation of Colors/MPD Ceremonial Honor Guard 12:05pm 12:10pm
Musical Selection/”I Love the Lord”/Andrea Dumas 12:10pm 12:15pm
Opening Prayer/Reverend Tony Lee 12:15PM 12:20pm
Scripture Readings/Reverend Tony Lee 12:20pm 12:30pm
1Corinthias 15: 51-57
Musical Selection/”Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus”/Isaiah 12:30pm 12:35pm
Musical Selection/”Thank You”/Y’Anna Crawley 12:35pm 12:40pm
Video Presentation 12:40pm 12:43pm
Greetings/Mayor Vincent C. Gray 12:44pm-12:55pm
Special Presentation/Congresswoman Eleanor H. Norton 12:55pm -1:00pm
Special Presentation/Chairman Kwame Brown 1:02pm 1:07pm
Musical Selection/”Steal Away to Jesus”/Cliff Jones 1:08pm 1:13pm
Musical Selection/”Wind Beneath My Wings”/Ledisi 1:14pm- 1:20pm
Special Remarks/Councilman Marion Barry 1:21pm- 1:26pm
Words of Encouragement/Willie Jolley 1:27pm 1:30pm
Musical Selection/”Victory”/Tye Tribbett 1:30pm 1:38pm
Video Presentation (Carson Daly) 1:40pm 1:45pm
Silent Reading of the Obituary 1:47pm 1:57pm
Music/”Nature Boy”/Kindred Family Soul 2:00pm 2:05pm
Music/”It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye”/Brown Family 2:07pm 2:10pm
Remarks by Family and Friends
Big G 2:10pm 2:13pm
Darryll Brooks 2:14pm 2:18pm
Nat “the bush doctor” Mathis 2:19pm 2:22pm
Huggy Lowdown & Chris Paul 2:23pm 2:27pm
Doug E. Fresh 2:28pm 2:32pm
Mike Epps 2:33pm 2:37pm
Takesa Donelson 2:38pm 2:44pm
Nekos & Wiley Brown 2:45pm 2:50pm
Musical Selection/”Song for You”/Raheem DeVaughn 2:50pm 2:55pm
Eulogy /Dr. Michael A. Freeman 2:55pm 3:30pm
Special Performance/”Chuck Brown Medley”
The Chuck Brown Band featuring:
Maysa, Sugar Bear, James Funk, White boy & Big Tony 3:35pm 3:45pm
Benediction/ Dr. Michael A. Freeman 3:45pm -3:50pm