Acoustic or electric, David Gogo plays a mean guitar and he mixes both so well on the tunes on his new 17 Vultures CD. (Photo submitted)

Stop in at Crofton’s Osborne Bay Pub to see Gogo Saturday

Award-winning blues guitarist adds heart, soul and grit to the International blues scene

David Gogo has gone to great lengths to play at the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton.

Gogo was just in the Netherlands for appearances Friday in Dordrecht and Saturday at Amstelveen, but this Saturday, Nov. 10 he’ll be in Crofton for an 8 p.m. show before embarking on a mini-tour around the Island and Lower Mainland the rest of the month.

Gogo has enjoyed a long and storied career in music. His songs have been featured in film and television and he’s earned numerous honours with five JUNO nominations, a Western Canadian Music Award, a CBC Saturday Night Blues Award and multiple Maple Blues Awards.

Gogo’s Crofton show is part of his 17 Vultures CD release tour. Tickets are $20 in advance at OsborneBayPub.com or TicketLeap.com and $25 at the door.

The Osborne Bay Pub holds a special place in Gogo’s heart. He played there eight years ago with the great Johnny Winter when the pub reopened.

“It was such an honour to open for Johnny, and eventually become friends,” Gogo recalled. “A true legend! Our show in Crofton was ridiculously attended! It showed how many music fans are in the area. I hope that the same folks will come out to my show on Saturday. I was a solo act with Johnny, but I am excited to have a new band, a new album, and new songs for this show.”

During 30 years of performing and hundreds of thousands of tour miles under his belt, Gogo has also played on the same stage as a bunch of other famous musicians such as B.B. King, Otis Rush, Albert Collins and Bo Diddley. He’s even opened for such household names as George Thorogood, ZZ Top, The Tragically Hip, Buddy Guy, Charles Bradley, Robert Cray, and Jimmy Vaughan among so many others.

“This will be a high energy blues/rock show,” Gogo added. “Fun for music fans, and people who just want to get up and boogie. If you like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Savoy Brown and similar acts, you will have a good time.”

Reviewers are already calling Gogo’s 17 Vultures his most diverse and rockin’ record to date, with plenty of blues and bump ‘n’ grind to spare.

The CD includes five original songs, with covers of tunes by a wide range of artists that includes: The Beatles, Barbeque Bob, Doug & The Slugs and Bob Dylan.

Gogo normally keeps his acoustic and electric guitar material separate, but inspiration from listening to The Beatles’ White Album made him decide to accentuate both on the new disc.

Patricia Berry, owner of BerryMusicCo., is thrilled to have arranged for Gogo to play in Crofton.

As Wham! would say, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. But in this case, with Gogo’s hard-driving sound, you won’t need a wake-up call if you’re at the show in the Osborne Bay Pub because the walls are sure to be shaking.

“It is an amazing venue,” enthused Gogo. “Perfect sight lines, great room. Good food, to boot!”

Other upcoming stops for Gogo are: Nov. 16 in Penticton, Nov. 23 at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni, Nov. 24 at The Queens in Nanaimo and Nov. 30 at the Rubber Boot Club in Victoria.

 

David Gogo puts on a great show in the smaller tour venues like the Osborne Bay Pub. (Photo submitted)

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