"Where the real power is, is getting people who otherwise may never encounter each other to know each other" Mark Andersen (founder of Positive Force)
The DC go-go scene was extraordinarily popular in the District. It combined a sort of ethnic beat to a new soul sound to create a genre of music that young African Americans fell in love with. The punk scene, which included a wide range of people many of whom were wealthy white kids, while others, like the Bad Brains were Rastafarians, liked the sound of go-go music and wanted to bridge the two underground scenes for some shows. These shows were a major stepping stone in the historically divided city. "D.C. was a divided city, and the way people from different backgrounds worked and interacted with one another was different then. But music was one thing that everyone could get into." Pete Stahl
Despite their distinctly different sounds and their different audiences and crowds both punk rock and go-go stood for something more. They had that in common. Both were young movements in the underground of the same city with similar free and open styles to allow for young ideas to spread to a community of acceptance.