DC unveils Chuck Brown Memorial Park


WASHINGTON (AP) — A tribute to the District of Columbia's Godfather of Go-Go is being unveiled.

District officials on Friday are formally opening the $1.8 million Chuck Brown Memorial Park.

The 42,000 square-foot park has been carved out from space in Northeast Washington's Langdon Park.

Initial plans called for a 900-seat amphitheater, but neighbors objected and that portion of the park was scrapped. The park instead features bench seating that will accommodate smaller performances.

Brown died in 2012 at the age of 75. He helped develop and build the District's unique go-go musical scene — a blend of funk, soul, and other elements — in the 1970s, and continued to perform well into his 70s.

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