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Go-Go Greats EU Are Celebrating Their 50th Anniversary

A reunion lunch will be livestreamed

On July 10, there will be a 50th Anniversary reunion event for the members of DC go-go legends EU at the Panorama Room. Though the event is private, fans can watch a livestream from 12-3.

Experience Unlimited was founded in 1971 by Ballou High School students living in Anacostia’s Valley Green public housing (you can check out their early, pre-go-go sound here). Led by vocalist and bassist “Sugar Bear,” the group is best known outside of DC for Grammy-nominated single “Da Butt,” which was featured in Spike Lee’s School Daze. The chart-topping track made a cameo at this year’s Oscars when Glenn Close did the signature dance.

According to go-go historian and Howard professor Natalie Hopkinson, who is involved in organizing the event, the gathering will include oral histories from band members that cover their founding, transition to playing go-go, and each of their five albums. To watch, register here for a link, or catch it here live on Facebook.

In the meantime, check out this wild video of the famously amazing live band in its ’80s prime at the Capital Centre.


Jane Recker
Assistant Editor

Jane is a Chicago transplant who now calls Cleveland Park her home. Before joining Washingtonian, she wrote for Smithsonian Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied journalism and opera.