ScreenShotTOONKevin “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 platforms as Vibe Magazine, WETA, NPR, TV One’s Unsung and the National Museum of African American History and Culture have 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.

Kato has released two books.  One is an autobiography entitled “Take Me Out To The Go-Go.”  And the other is a children’s book entitled “I Want To Play Too!”  Soon to be releasing his novel “Glen Willow” set to publish in 2017.






 

PRESS

  • Ta-Nahisi Coates: (1999-09-02). “Go-Go’s New Folio”, Washington City Paper, pp. 56.
  • 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.
  • Darona Williams: (2007-08-07). “D.C. Cyber Funk”, Washington Post Express, pp. 41.
  • Star Power: The Impact of Branded Celebrity
  • Peter Relic: (2015-08-03). “Take Me Out: Kato’s Must-Hear Go-Go Songs”, Mass Appeal.