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In the go-go canon, Backyard Band -- BYB for short -- is the crucial link between the classic crank of the late '80s and the rugged, hip-hop-influenced sound of the '90s. BYB brought rowdy rawness to the go-go while still keeping the pocket going, and also can be cited as a precursor of today's bounce beat. Lead talker Big G is a crown prince of go-go and a cherished D.C. icon. After 25 years, BYB is enshrined among the greatest to ever do it, and it will be celebrating its silver aniversary anniversary at the Howard Theatre.