Don’t Mute DC Celebrates Third Anniversary With Concerts And Performances

Most noise complaints don’t lead to social and political movements, but again, most noise complaints don’t touch the third rail of a city’s musical identity and its struggles against gentrification. . That’s exactly what happened in 2019, when a Metro PCS store known for blasting go-go into the air in the neighborhood was briefly forced to turn off the tunes, leading to petitions , protests and eventually to a massive half gig, half protest called Moechella that swallowed U Street.

Three years later, the Don’t Mute DC movement that began when go-go was silenced — on a part of Seventh Street NW named after Go-Go godfather Chuck Brown, nonetheless — is still going strong. loudly, with activists turning outrage into action. and help restore and secure funding for a multitude of community priorities. For Ron Moten, a key figure in the Do not cut DC movement, the commotion around Metro PCS was the spark the city needed.

“It motivated a lot of activists to get involved because before everyone had given up and felt like there was no more victory for DC natives in the city,” he said. declared. “But people saw that when you come together — not just one race of people, but all people — for the common good, for what’s right, and to uphold the culture of DC, we can achieve victories.”

Moten chose the third anniversary of the movement’s birth to publish his book, “Don’t Mute Moe: Vision of an Urban Scholar,” which highlights his quarter-century of activism on issues such as gentrification, the equity and violence prevention. And to mark the release, Moten helped organize a series of events that celebrate the music that was at the center of the original controversy and remains a key part of DC go-go culture.

DC go-go fans can catch Sirius Company, TOB and Black Alley at Anacostia River Festival on the afternoon of April 10, or the Experience Band and DJ Supa Dan at a book launch party at Cambria Riverfront that evening. On April 11, the Kennedy Center will host a “Conversation and crankwhich will pay homage to lesser-known members of the movement and will feature a performance by the Backyard Band.

For the groups and the movement, the events seek to re-engage with the people of DC after two years of coronavirus-related effects that threatened to disrupt the progress that had been made.

“Right before covid hit it was amazing all the bands were playing again, it was booming, it looked so good for the go-go…and then covid stopped us,” said Moten said.

But as people resume pre-pandemic activities such as concerts, conferences and literary evenings, DC can both look back on three years of the Don’t Mute DC movement and look forward to what’s left to do. .

“It’s an ongoing battle, but I think we’re making progress,” he said. “We’re creating a balance where we can make the city better for everyone, but also don’t forget the people who were there when no one wanted to be there.”

Anacostia River Festival: April 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Anacostia Park, Good Hope Road SE and Anacostia Drive SE. bbardc.org/arf. Free.

Book Launch Party: April 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cambria Hotel Washington DC Capitol Riverfront, 69 Q St. SW. eventbrite.com. Free.

“Conversation & Crank”: April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Reach at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. kennedy-center.org. Exhausted.

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