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Thanks to the book The Beat: Go-Go’s Fusion of Funk and Hiphop, his current album Your Game: Live at the 9:30 Club, and WPGC’s petition drive to get him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Chuck Brown is in the national spotlight. Just this summer, the Godfather of Go-Go was featured on National Public Radio, in the New York Times, and at the White House. Tonight, he returns to the site of his latest recording to celebrate his birthday. Game captures the quintessential Brown, a friendly, rough-voiced, vocalist/guitarist leading his band and special guests through his patented call-and-response takes on the R&B songbook. It’s flawlessly played, timeless material. With Backyard Band, 911, Sugar Bear featuring Ju Ju, and EU at 8 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 393-0930. (Steve Kiviat)