City Paper is not for tourists
Once upon a time in D.C., if you heard someone over 40 saying they were “going to a go-go,” you might’ve assumed that person was just singing a little Smokey Robinson. With the notable exception of Chuck Brown performances, go-go shows weren’t especially hospitable to 35-and-over fans in the early 1990s. It seemed that while go-go bands aged, their fanbases stayed locked into the 18-to-25 demographic. So, after a milestone birthday of 30 or 40, the average go-go fan stopped wanting to party with youngsters every week, and resigned himself or herself to experiencing the genre in recorded form or at the occasional age-appropriate cabaret. This was before Maiesha and the Hip Huggers. The band, fronted by Maiesha Rashad, played a one-off ’70s-themed go-go show in the late ’90s that was so popular it began doing regular gigs, packing shows with go-go fans in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond, who wanted to hear the Jackson 5, Chaka Khan, and Earth Wind & Fire blended with a go-go sound. The “grown and sexy” subgenre Maiesha and Co. created is commonplace now, but the group—which includes Ju Ju House, Sugar Bear, and Sweet Cherie Mitchell—has decided to reunite for one night only, just to remind everyone that, of all of the bands on that circuit, they’re still the grownest and the sexiest.
Maiesha and the Hip Huggers perform with Sugar Bear and JuJu at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $25. thehowardtheatre.com. (202) 803-2899.