Kevin Kato Hammond
|Kevin "Kato" Hammond|
August 13, 1965
|Occupation||Musician, Author, Actor, Publisher, Journalist, Filmmaker|
|Genre||The Go-Go Culture|
|Notable works||Creator of TMOTTGoGo (Take Me Out To The Go-Go) Magazine & TMOTTGoGo Radio|
|Autobiography TMOTTGoGo, TMOTTGoGo Radio|
Kevin Kato Hammond is an American musician, author, publisher and journalist. He is the owner and creator of Take Me Out To The Go-Go, Inc. (TMOTTGoGo), editor and publisher of Take Me Out To The Go-Go Magazine, executive producer of TMOTTGoGo DVD Magazine, and webmaster of TMOTTGoGo.com. Take Me Out to the Go-Go Magazine gains attention from outside media outlets for its designation as "the official gateway to a Washington, DC music culture." Such magazines as Vibe have made Kevin Hammond and Take Me Out to the GoGo Magazine a significant source of information about the go-go music culture. His history as a musician includes performing and recording with the go-go bands Pure Elegance, Little Benny and the Masters, and Proper Utensils. Most recently he has served as co-music director of Fatal Attraction Band.
Kato is currently the director of marketing for Bag of Beats Records. He is also the chairperson for history and archives for The GoGo Coalition.
Born in Washington, DC, Kevin "Kato" Hammond 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 and Anna Maria Horsford, both of whom were lesser known actors at the time.
Take Me Out To The Go-Go (TMOTTGoGo)
Hammond started the online magazine Take Me Out To The Go-Go in 1996. In addition to the magazine being a source of information on go-go shows, it serves as a community forum in which go-go fans routinely submit their own articles on issues unique to the genre. Take Me Out To The Go-Go has expanded to include a radio station entitled TMOTTRadio.com, as well as a Web & Graphics Designing Service.
Although producing online radio programs since 1998, in January 2012 Hammond brought the debut of TMOTTRadio.com. The full broadcast platform of the station went into live programming in September 2014. This addition to the TMOTT platform showcased programmed shows such as, 99 & Kato Radio Experience, The Adverbs, DaBizNest, Wisdom Speeks DC, The Know It Alls, Bubble Guts Radio, TMOTT Old School Show, Throwback Thursdays, Sunday's Praise, Purp Haze Show, The Bounce Zone, and The Grown & Sexy Side.
Take Me Out To The Go-Go: The Autobiography of Kato Hammond
In May 2015 and in the tradition of the autobiography/memoir, Hammond opened up for the first time about the inside stories of his life growing up in the legendary musical genre of Go-Go — which is still going strong today.
In Take Me Out To The Go-Go, Hammond exposes his unrepentant, unbridled life as a guitarist, actor, dancer, playwright, through bands such as Pure Elegance, Little Benny & The Masters, and Proper Utensils, to the Godfather of Go-Go Media. He delves deep into his volatile, profound, and enduring relationships and reveals an ultimate story of endurance, that started in the 1970s with a young Kato, a kid who despite negative statistics, took bold steps and sacrifices through lessons learned.
Hammond takes you through a personal look into a human story through the Go-Go music culture, the people who inspired him, the ones who enabled him, the ones who tried to control him, the ones who changed him, the one’s who gave him opportunities, and the ones who tried to take them away. T ake Me Out To The Go-Go is a whole story: a loner’s story, a musician’s story, an actor’s story, a writer’s story, a recovery story, a love story, a success story, a failure story, a visionary story, and a re-construction story.
- Chuck Brown
- Anthony Harley
- Anwan Glover
- Experience Unlimited
- Trouble Funk
- Junk Yard Band
- Anwan Glover
- Kato Hammond - Media Mogul
- The Autobiography of Kato Hammond
- TMOTTGoGo Magazine
- TMOTTGoGo Radio
- TMOTT Web Design
- 99 & Kato: The Radio Experience
- Go-Go Coalition
- Chang, Jeff (2001). “Bang The Drum” Vibe magazine, pp. 118 – UPCA 074470353959
- Coates, Ta-Nahisi (1999-09-02). “Go-Go’s New Folio”, Washington City Paper, pp. 56.
- Lornell, Kip; Charles C. Stephenson, Jr. (2001). The Beat: Go-Go's Fusion of Funk and Hip-Hop. Billboard, ISBN 0-8230-7727-6.
- Brace, Eric (2001-02-23). “A Horde of Awards”, Washington Post, pp. T06.
- Wartofsky, Alona (2001-06-03). "What Go-Goes Around…", Washington Post, pp. G01.
- Brace, Eric (2002-01-18). “Perkin’ On The Railroad”, Washington Post, pp. T05.
- Hopkinson, Natalie (2003-07-16). “Low Budget Reality…” Washington Post, pp. A01.
- Smith-Barrow, Delece (2006-11-30). “Awards Celebrate Go-Go’s Funk”, Washington Post, pp. DZ03.
- Williams, Darona (2007-08-07). “D.C. Cyber Funk”, Washington Post Express, pp. 41.
- Wartofsky, Alona (2015-05-15). “Kato Hammond, Go-Go’s De Facto Historian, Remembers His Roots”, Washington City Paper.
- Kiviat, Steve (2015-06-22). “TV-One’s Unsung Documentary on Chuck Brown”, Washington City Paper.
- Kiviat, Steve (2015-05-15). “The Story of Kato Hammond, The D.C. Go-Go Scene Best News Source”, WAMU Bandwidth.
- Mahdi, Tahira (2015-04-22). “The Go-Go Book”, DC Brand 99.
- Relic, Peter (2015-08-03). “Take Me Out: Kato's Must-Hear Go-Go Songs”, Mass Appeal.