As soon as Chuck Brown’s band cranked up their vintage go-go rhythms at the Prince George’s County Harlem Renaissance Festival on Saturday, the crowd rushed the stage and started to dance.
Twitter was abuzz with rumors that Brown was near death, but his daughter said that the legendary musician is fine, although he is still hospitalized with an undisclosed illness.
“He’s okay. Keep praying. He’s a fighter,” K.K. Brown said just before she and other band members led the crowd into a call and response in honor of her father.
“Say what?!” shouted the band.
“Wind me up, Chuck!” responded the crowd.
“Say What!?”the band repeated.
“Wind Me Up Chuck?!” the crowd shouted again.
The interaction between the band and the fans was part of a 30 minute appearance at the Landover event where band members played vintage music in tribute to their leader.
“We going to party for Chuck Brown,” said one band member as the beat pulsated around the grounds.
Comedian and activist Dick Gregory was on hand and said he also was praying for Brown. He spoke at a workshop before the concert where he talked about significance of the Harlem Renaissance.
“The New York Renaissance was important because after slavery and reconstruction 175,000 blacks moved north,” said Gregory.
During the concert, the band played some of of Brown’s biggest hits, including: “I Feel like Busting Loose” led by Scooby, a local artist, who did a pitch perfect imitation of the song’s classic line, “give me the bridge now, give me the bride now.”
Tom Goldfogle, Brown’s manager said, “It is great to hear the response from the fans about Chuck still being in the hospital and not being able to be here.”
When he was asked how is Brown doing he said: “He is coming along.”
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