Kevin “Kato” Hammond is a Media Mogul and Musician. He is the owner of Take Me Out To The Go-Go, Inc. (TMOTTGoGo), which comprises Take Me Out To The Go-Go Digital Magazine, TMOTTGoGo Radio, TMOTT Website and Graphic Design, and Otakcity Publishing. The TMOTTGoGo brand gains attention from outside media outlets for its designation as “the official gateway to a Washington, DC music culture.” Such magazines as Vibe has made Kato Hammond and TMOTTGoGo a significant source of information about the Go-Go music culture. Hammond’s history as a musician includes serving as Lead Vocalist and Guitarist for Pure Elegance, Little Benny and the Masters, and Proper Utensils.
Born in Washington, DC, Kato grew up in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, and attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC and Bowie High School in Bowie, Maryland. As a child, he performed in DC area organizations such as CUE (Children’s Urban Arts Ensemble), Bren-Carr Dancers and The T-N-T Poppers. Hammond is also an award-winning playwright. At the age of 17, he wrote a play entitled Buddies that listed in the finalist division of the Young Playwrights Inc. Young Playwrights Festival at the Public Theater. This play was performed Off-Broadway and starred Denzel Washington, Anna Maria Horsford and Michael Wright, all of whom were lesser known actors at the time. Today, in addition to managing multiple ventures, Hammond serves as a Language and Arts Educator for Teaching for Change and Drummer for Chantilly Baptist Church. Hammond resides in Northern Virginia.
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- Eric Brace: (2001-02-23). “A Horde of Awards”, Washington Post, pp. T06.
- Alona Wartofsky: (2001-06-03). “What Go-Goes Around…”, Washington Post, pp. G01.
- Eric Brace: (2002-01-18). “Perkin’ On The Railroad”, Washington Post, pp. T05.
- Natalie Hopkinson: (2003-07-16). “Low Budget Reality…” Washington Post, pp. A01.
- Delece Smith-Barrow: (2006-11-30). “Awards Celebrate Go-Go’s Funk”, Washington Post, pp. DZ03.
- Darona Williams: (2007-08-07). “D.C. Cyber Funk”, Washington Post Express, pp. 41.
- Rene Syler: (2013-01-25). “Life Lessons” Good Enough Mother
- DC Brand 99: Godfather of Go-Go Media Kato Hammond among Featured Experts on WETA’s “Washington in the ’80s
- Star Power: The Impact of Branded Celebrity
- WETA TV26 Production: Washington in the 80s
- Washingtonian: Going For Go-Go
- Elevation DC: Go-go music, live on display?
- Speakeasy DC: Crank & Groove!
- The Kojo Nnamdi Show: Music, Youth and D.C.’s Club Culture
- Matt Laslo Vice: Marion Barry, Go-Go Politics, and the Death of Chocolate City
- Alona Wartofsky: (2015-05-15). “Kato Hammond, Go-Go’s De Facto Historian, Remembers His Roots”, Washington City Paper.
- Steve Kiviat: (2015-06-22). “TV-One’s Unsung Documentary on Chuck Brown”, Washington City Paper.
- Steve Kiviat: (2015-05-15). “The Story of Kato Hammond, The D.C. Go-Go Scene Best News Source”, WAMU Bandwith.
- Tahira Mahdi: (2015-04-22). “The Go-Go Book”, DC Brand 99.
- Peter Relic: (2015-08-03). “Take Me Out: Kato’s Must-Hear Go-Go Songs”, Mass Appeal.