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Where to Find Chuck Brown Memorials in D.C.

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The Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown, passed away after a battle with pneumonia exactly one year ago. Brown is widely considered one of the pioneers of D.C.'s funk subgenre, go-go, in the 1970s. His biggest hit, "Bustin' Loose" was introduced to the millenials as the sample on Nelly's "Hot in Herre," and it was also used in a Chips Ahoy commercial in 2010. 2010 was also the year that Brown received his first Grammy nomination for his song "L.O.V.E." with Jill Scott. In the year since his death, one of D.C.'s biggest musical icons has not only been commemorated with memorial concerts, but he's also been painted onto the city's buildings and walls. The future park in Northeast is not the city's only memorial to Chuck Brown and we've mapped all of the spots where he has become a part of the city's architecture. If we've missed anything, let us know in the comments and we'll add it to the map.


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1. Sweet Mango Cafe

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3701 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20010
(202)-726-2646
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This image of Chuck Brown on the Sweet Mango Cafe faces Georgia Avenue.

2. Columbia Heights Alleyway

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Columbia Road Northwest & Sherman Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
This one's off the beaten path, but this mural is in the heart of Columbia Heights between 11th Street NW and Sherman Avenue NW. Turn north when you reach the alley on Columbia Road NW.

3. Ben's Chili Bowl

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1213 U Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
(202)-667-0909
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Chuck was painted along the side of this U Street landmark along with other famous Ben's patrons Bill Cosby, Barack Obama and Donnie Simpson.

4. Chuck Brown Way

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7th Street Northwest & Florida Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
Chuck received honorary street name status at the 1900 block of 7th Street NW where it crosses with Florida Avenue NW.

5. Chuck Brown Park

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Franklin Street Northeast & 18th Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20018
The future site of this park, one half of Langdon Park, has been the cause of much debate, due in part to plans for a rather large amphitheater.

1. Sweet Mango Cafe

3701 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20010
This image of Chuck Brown on the Sweet Mango Cafe faces Georgia Avenue.
3701 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20010

2. Columbia Heights Alleyway

Columbia Road Northwest & Sherman Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
This one's off the beaten path, but this mural is in the heart of Columbia Heights between 11th Street NW and Sherman Avenue NW. Turn north when you reach the alley on Columbia Road NW.
Columbia Road Northwest & Sherman Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

3. Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
Chuck was painted along the side of this U Street landmark along with other famous Ben's patrons Bill Cosby, Barack Obama and Donnie Simpson.
1213 U Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

4. Chuck Brown Way

7th Street Northwest & Florida Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
Chuck received honorary street name status at the 1900 block of 7th Street NW where it crosses with Florida Avenue NW.
7th Street Northwest & Florida Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

5. Chuck Brown Park

Franklin Street Northeast & 18th Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20018
The future site of this park, one half of Langdon Park, has been the cause of much debate, due in part to plans for a rather large amphitheater.
Franklin Street Northeast & 18th Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20018