Washington, D.C. is staging a farewell to Chuck Brown, native son and the godfather of Go-Go, that will begin with a 11-hour public viewing May 29 at the Howard Theater and conclude with a three-hour public memorial service at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center May 31, Brown’s family and D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced May 25.

Brown died May 16. He was 75.

The public viewing at the Howard is to begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 10 p.m. May 29 at the Howard, 620 T Street, N.W.

Admission to both events is free, a Mayor Gray statement said. “The general public is welcome to attend the viewing, which will take place on the first floor of the theatre. Please note: no photography of any kind will be allowed inside of the theatre,” said the notice posted on the D.C. government’s web site.

The program at the convention center is to begin at noon May 31 and continue through 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Chuck Brown Foundation, Inc. PO Box 4558, Silver Spring, Md. 20914 (www.thechuckbrownfoundation.com). The Chuck Brown Foundation is a Maryland nonstock corporation. It is in the process of applying for Section 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code.

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