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The JoGo Project

Stomp your feet to the go-go beat of Washington Area Music Award-winning band The JoGo Project! This high-energy super group is will have you dancing to the jazz-infused groove.

When: Wednesday, June 7, doors open at 7 p.m.
Where: Songbyrd Music House (540 Penn St NE, Washington, DC 20002)

This event is free but requires advanced registration.

This event is part of the Mars Arts D.C. Concert Series at Songbyrd—a free, four-part concert series offering a monthly musical oasis to D.C.-music lovers of all kinds. Ranging from March to June of 2023, the Mars Arts D.C. Concert Series at Songbyrd features local artists performing a wide array of genres. Acts include Helen Hayes Award-winning vocalist Nova Y. Payton, folk band Justin Trawick and the Common Good, electronic fusion group The Inner Temples Electronic Music Ensemble ft. DJ Adrian Loving, and the jazz infused go-go band The JoGo Project.

About the Artist

The JoGo Project

The JoGo Project is a WAMMIE Award winning band based in Washington, DC that fuses many styles of music, but with Jazz harmonies and a driving Go-Go beat at its core. JoGo was founded in 2014 by DC Native and a prominent figure on the Jazz scene Elijah Jamal Balbed during his residency at Strathmore following an inspirational experience working with the “Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown. JoGo has since performed at many notable DC area venues such as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Theatre, Strathmore, Fort Dupont and DC Jazz Festival. Since June of 2021, JoGo has maintained a monthly residency Keystone Korner, a historic venue where the likes of Grover Washington and Patrice Rushen have performed. Most recently, Elijah was included in a published book called "DC Go-Go: Ten Years Backstage" by Chip Py - Chuck Brown's last (and only) official photographer.

Mars Arts D.C. Concert Series at Songbyrd Lineup

Nova Y. Payton

Wed, Mar 1, doors 7 p.m.

Powerhouse vocalist Nova Y. Payton kicks of our 2023 series with a full-band performance of show tune selects and pop favorites.

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songwriter Justin Trawick and his band The Common Good

and The Common Good
Sun, Apr 2, doors 6 p.m.

From poetic lyricism to toe-tapping melodies, singer songwriter Justin Trawick and his band The Common Gooden bring an enthralling acoustic performance to the Songbyrd stage.

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The Inner Temples Electronic Music Ensemble

ft. DJ Adrian Loving
Wed, May 3, doors 7 p.m.

An electronic music ensemble that blends synthesizers, drum machines, and live instruments, The Inner Temples Electronic Music Ensemble bring audiences on an ambient journey through space, time, and culture.

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The JoGo Project

Wed, Jun 7, doors 7 p.m.

Combining jazz harmonies with the drive of the go-go beat, The JoGo Project is an high energy ensemble that will have you dancing the night away.


Mars Arts D.C. is a partnership of Mars, Incorporated and Washington Performing Arts, with support from Jacqueline Badger Mars.

The Mars Arts D.C. Concert Series at Songbyrd is made possible through the generous support of Gary and Silvia Yacoubian/SVS.

Special thanks to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Mars Arts D.C.


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