September 22: Sweet Cherie at Charles Hart Middle School
Go-go performer Sweet Cherie led a Teach the Beat workshop with approximately 60 sixth through eighth graders in Ms. Pierce’s music classes at Charles Hart Middle School. She began the workshop by asking what the students knew about go-go already and telling the students about the history of go-go music.
Cherie taught the students the base go-go beat and explained the roles of various band members in a go-go band, including the “talker.” She then led the students in call and response, including “Sardines and Pork ‘n Beans” and calling out student’s names and neighborhoods. Students then joined Cherie at the piano, where they played beats and sang along while she played Backyard Band’s version of “Hello,” a go-go version of Rihanna’s “Work,” and more. After the class, students crowded around Cherie for autographs.