"Washington's club circuit is so incredibly separated that there really isn't a dialogue between the gogo bands who play the black circuit and the hard-core and new wave bands from the white circuit," says Kenny Muschenheim of the Static Disruptors. So he's organized the first "two-tone jam" at the Wilson Center next Saturday; it will feature the Disruptors, Scream, Michael Enkrumah and the Israelites, E.N.B. and Body Count. "It's a suggestion for a dialogue. And all of the bands are interracial," Muschenheim explains. His own group, which started out new wave, is now a "biracial go-go band playing music of the black circuit."
Washington has become a breeding ground for two styles of youth music: hard core punk on one side, gogo on the other. Gogo is youth funk, heavy on percussion, raps and synthesized sound effects. "It has that continuous beat, with its primary purveyors being Trouble Funk, Experience Unlimited and Rare Essence," says Muschenheim. "It's totally youth oriented. Black adults usually scoff at it as jungle music with sound effects. They don't feel it has any musical context." Reaction at several blacks clubs the Disruptors appeared at was mostly curious, Muschenheim says. "People hadn't seen white musicians playing that kind of black music before."
Scream, one of the city's top hard-core bands, is two-tone (the term comes from Britain, where bi-racial bands are fairly common), as are E.N.B. and Body Count. The Israelites are "an all-black reggae band that's into a bit of rock experimentation. We just want to present a seamlessness to the youth music scene."
The Wilson Center, at 15th and Irving streets NW, is a large room in the basement of a church, with what Muschenheim describes as "a tolerance to putting on any kind of show."