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Prolific blues guitarist David Gogo to play on day of love

Award-winning blues guitarist David Gogo will play the blues on Valentine
Award-winning blues guitarist David Gogo will play the blues on Valentine's Day in downtown Courtenay.
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Don't sing the blues this Valentine's Day — let David Gogo and his band do that for you in The Venue Formerly Known As Joe's Garage in Courtenay.

As one of Canada's hardest-working and most prolific blues guitar virtuosos, Gogo has amassed a worldwide fanbase and an impressive list of accomplishments.

He has earned four Juno Award nominations, the 2012 Western Canadian Music Award for Blues Recording of the Year, the CBC Saturday Night Blues' Great Canadian Blues Award for a

lifetime contribution to the blues in Canada, and has twice been named Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year.

He has played on stage with Johnny Winter, Otis Rush, Albert Collins and Bo Diddley and has opened for George Thorogood, ZZ Top, The Tragically Hip, Buddy Guy, Little Feat and Jimmy Vaughan.

In March 2013, he was the supporting act for blues legend B.B. King for the third time in his career, this time at the Port Theatre in Gogo's hometown of Nanaimo.

Gogo has released 13 albums to date and has been a guest on a number of recordings. He has composed music for television and major motion pictures and his songs have been performed and recorded by musicians worldwide.

He continues to tour relentlessly, performing across North America and Europe in venues ranging from small blues bars to massive blues festivals.

Whether he's showcasing his blistering guitar licks and soulful vocals during an electric performance or drawing the crowd in with his humour and down-to-earth personality during an acoustic show, audiences everywhere can attest to Gogo's outstanding talent.

Before writing and recording his latest album, Come On Down, Gogo took a pilgrimage along the Blues Trail starting in Memphis and travelling through Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama. Highlights of his southern adventure included sitting in with local musicians at The Shack Up Inn, Ground Zero, and Red's in Clarksdale, Miss.

He appeared as a guest on Sonny Payne's renowned King Biscuit Radio Hour, and toured the legendary Fame, Sun, Stax, and Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios. Gogo also travelled to towns mentioned in Robert Johnson songs, poured bourbon on Johnson's grave, and even went down to Rosedale with his rider by his side, as those famous Crossroads lyrics proclaim.

Inspired by his journey through the birthplace of the blues, Gogo wrote six original tunes and combined them with six reinvented yet classic covers to create a new album that not only honours traditional blues but also gets you dancing with some good old gritty rock and roll.

Come On Down takes you to a place where Robert Johnson meets the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac meets Ray Charles. It's a wild ride that Gogo navigates with ease, ingenuity and style.

Because of limitations set out in the rules for the special occasions license, tickets must be purchased in advance of the show and are available at Bop City Records. Tickets are limited.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with the show starting at 9. For moor information, phone 250-702-6456.

— Society For Performing Arts Comox Valley

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