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August 25, 2005|By Sam Sessa

Chuck Brown's Go-Go

Chuck Brown might be getting a little up there in age, but that won't stop him from keeping the beat going. The Godfather of Go-Go created a new form of dance music in Washington 30-odd years ago, and while it never broke mainstream, it kept fans on their feet and Brown grateful. "Thank God I'm still able to play," he said in an interview with The Sun this year.

Chuck Brown and Friends with Fertile Ground play the 9:30 Club 9 p.m. Saturday. The club is at 815 V St. N.W. in Washington. Tickets are $25. Call 202-393-0930 or visit

Femmes forever

This trio has every right to be a little smug. Now nearing the 25-year mark, the Violent Femmes made a career defying traditional music. Saturday the band plays a free show at Power Plant Live. Their lyrics, sound, setup and stage antics either hook or spurn listeners. Singer/guitarist Gordon Gano's voice is undeniably unique, Brian Ritchie plays a myriad of instruments, but primarily acoustic bass, and percussionist Victor DeLorenzo taps on a snare drum, cymbal and metal bushel basket. The Femmes' fan base, most of whom seized upon the band's teenage angst-filled tunes, now spans several generations.

The Violent Femmes play Power Plant Live 8 p.m. Saturday. The show is free. Power Plant Live is at 34 Market Place. Call 410-727-5483 or visit www.

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