Nanaimo blues artists performing at Ladysmith Legion’s Halloween bash

Nanaimo blues guitarist David Gogo is ripe with inspiration after a trip down to Nashville.

David Gogo is playing a Halloween bash at the Ladysmith Legion this weekend.

By Mike Gregory

Nanaimo blues guitarist David Gogo is ripe with inspiration after a trip down to Nashville and will be playing what’s expected to be a lively Halloween party at the Legion this Saturday.

“We’re billing it as a Halloween blues bash,” Gogo said. “We want people to get dressed up and come there and you can dance, carry on and have a good time.”

Gogo plays the Royal Canadian Legion Ladysmith Branch 171 Oct. 29 and tickets are $25.

It’s been a successful 2016 for Gogo with a Western Canadian Music Award nod for Blue Artist of the Year as well as a Juno nomination earlier this year.

The 47-year-old  has been on the road, more recently in Ontario and Quebec touring his latest 10-song album Vicksburg Call,  which is also the name of the title song.

“I’m always on tour. You kind of have to be in this business,” he said. “Even the Rolling Stones still tour.”

With a few days off recently while out east, Gogo travelled to Nashville where he appeared on a television show, was the featured guest at a jam night and met with several record producers.

“It was a great trip. I’m probably going to return in January due to the positive impact it had,” he said.

“My latest album has been out for a year now and done really well for us so it’s about time to start thinking about a new one.”

The single Vicksburg Call has received airplay on not only blues and community radio, but also commercial stations.

“Any time you get a song on commercial radio it just helps so much,” he said, adding that while he’s made a lot of music in his career that the “latest record is my favourite record.”

Gogo’s style has been compared to Johnny Winters, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Colin James.

Gogo said he can remember playing private show in Ladysmith but believes this will be the first time getting the band together to perform in town.

“It will be nice to rock out this time,” Gogo said. “It’s going to be a good, high-energy blues rock show. All killer, no filler.”

Tickets can be purchased at the Legion or by calling 250-245-3031 or 250-245-2273. Doors open at 7 p.m. and Gogo and his band take the stage at 8 p.m.

 

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