WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Godfather of Go-Go is being laid to rest today with thousands in attendance.

The general public has packed the Washington Convention Center to the tune of thousands to pay their final respects to music pioneer Chuck Brown, who passed away just over two weeks ago at the age of 75.

Mayor Gray was in attendance early, saying he plans to put forward legislation to name a park after Brown.

Doors opened at 10 a.m. for a service that did not start until noon, a grace period officials say they needed for the 14,000+ adoring fans expected in attendance. They said the Convention Center space being used would be closed if it reached capacity of 14,500.

People are being asked to ride Metro in for the service, as parking is extremely limited. The Convention Center can be reached via Mount Vernon Square on the Yellow and Green Lines, or by a short walk from Gallery Place accessible via the Red Line. Buses are also serving the overload of passengers with the Circulator Bus running from Georgetown to Union Station and the Metrobus directly passing the Convention Center.

If you cannot make it to the service expected to last until 4 p.m., WNEW’s sister station 95.5 WPGC is streaming the service live here.

Credit: WNEW’s Cameron Thompson