- Chuck Brown's album release concert has been moved from Silver Spring to D.C. (Photo: James Hilsdon)
Update 4:45 P.M: Jennifer Nettles of property managers Peterson Cos. writes an e-mail to TBD that there is no official comment as to the Chuck Brown show cancellation:
Events are always a fun thing! We are doing over 190 events this year for Downtown Silver Spring.
Some events get cancelled, some get rescheduled, some get moved around, some get rained out — all kinds of things come into play when planning this many events. I always remind people that we are a ‘downtown shopping destination’ and that it is not common for management of lifestyle centers to plan this quantity of events, so unfortunately sometimes there are changes.
Sorry to be so vague — but it is what it is, changes occur.
Calls and e-mails to Downtown Silver Spring’s property manager Peterson Cos., which is responsible for scheduling free concerts on the property, haven’t yet been returned . But Brown’s manager Tom Goldfogle confirms the show’s cancellation. He got the call from the property managers last Friday.
“I have no idea. It’s baffling to me,” he says. “I couldn’t get a good explanation. I’ve been doing this for 20 years, and I’ve never had anything like this occur.”
Although the reason for the show's cancellation is still unclear, it may have something to do with Silver Spring's uneasiness with go-go. During an outdoor youth concert last year, a large brawl broke out during the last act, a go-go band. Dozens of police officers responded and 35 people were arrested.
Whether labeling go-go as a genre of music that attracts violence is fair or not aside, Chuck Brown shows aren’t even known for erupting into violence. The Gazette quoted police officials who weren’t at all worried about next week's show, including Lt. Bob Carter of the Third District saying: "We’re not going to overstaff for Chuck Brown… It’s Chuck Brown! It’s the godfather of go-go!”
Goldfogle laughs at the suggestion of a fight breaking out during an afternoon Chuck Brown show.
“Chuck Brown is not a young go-go band. He plays the Library of Congress, he plays the Kennedy Center, he plays the Smithsonian,” Goldfogle says.
The Silver Spring show was in the works for months since it’s an album launch event. It was also supposed to be simulcast on the radio, which requires certain permits and equipment, so Goldfogle had to scramble to arrange a new concert. So sorry to all of you Silver Spring Brown fans: unless you work in Downtown D.C., you will probably miss the new show scheduled for 5 p.m., Sept. 24 at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza.