Even in a loss, that Go-Go beat kept things going
No it wasn’t a sold-out arena and No they didn’t win but the history and importance of Go-Go music and culture were definitely in the building. The Capital City Go-Go is an affiliate NBA G-league team of our Washington Wizards. Which means these players play and train to hopefully one day make their way onto an NBA team, preferably the Wizards.
Last night, the Capital City Go-Go, who has been nicknamed “The Go-Go” which could get a little confusing depending on your environment, played their Home Opener for their first season.
As a DMV native, we understand that Go-Go music is DC, and DC is Go-Go music. This theme played a major part in tonight’s game beginning with the National Anthem Sung by Michele Blackwell, “When I was asked to [sing], because it was at this place and it’s so centered around Go-Go and the culture, someone on Facebook left a comment saying you should add a little pocket beat to it” and she did. So last night we got the Go-Go version which started everything off right.
During each time out you could hear the crowd singing along to classic gogo songs “Sardines! Hey! And Pork n Beans” Then during halftime, some of our Go-Go greats were recognized center court.
This was my first time hearing GoGo music” France native, Darel Poirier #16, tells me “I felt the importance of it and I felt good about it”
Among the fans in the audience anxiously waiting to see our new team play was Bradley Beal (#3 Wizards), Jordan McRae (#52 Wizards) Adam Silver (NBA commissioner) and Ted Leonsis (Wizards, Capitals & Capital City GoGo Team Owner). But Head Coach Christian said The Go-Go didn’t feel pressure tonight. With the Wizards on a losing streak and starting the season off 1-7, the city is looking for a little ray of sunshine.
“You always gotta have fun out there.” Said by Devin Robinson, who is the face of the Capital City Go-Go. “It felt good for [Bradley Beal] to come and support, you know I’m always supporting him so it felt good to have him out there”
(Sauce from Back Yard Band with Michele Blackwell)
The support was strong the arena and even though the game wasn’t a win, we can just continue to say what we say after a Wizard’s game, this is only one game. Time to move onto the next.
“It feels great to have this new team for the city, especially one that has shown its dedication to paying homage to the history and culture of the city. I can’t wait to hear what is to come, especially with the traditional Chuck Brown, Rare Essence music” says DC sports fan Marlo Johnson, born and raised in Northeast, DC.
After all this is The Go-Go, so you already know the hustle, determination and of course, that beat will keep going and going.
Written By BreAnna Holmes