Gogo, De Keyzer to headline upcoming Canal Bank Shuffle event
A shot of David Gogo and Jack de Keyzer rocking out at a Canal Bank Shuffle blues event at Club Belvedere in 2012. (BOB LIDDYCOAT, SPECIAL TO THE THOROLD NIAGARA NEWS)
Two of Canada’s most renowned blues guitarists will be coming to Thorold in support of the Canal Bank Shuffle.
On Friday, Jan. 18 starting at 8 p.m., David Gogo and Jack de Keyzer will face off in a guitarist dual at Club Belvedere for the second straight year in support of the 2013 Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival.
According to festival committee member, Bob Liddycoat, the pair was first brought to Thorold in 2012 to have a friendly dual. The event was so well received the committee decided to bring them back for another performance.
Gogo, a three-time Juno nominee hailing from Nanaimo, B.C., is looking forward to returning to Thorold to rock Club Belvedere once again.
“I’ve always had a great time playing in Thorold and I’ve been lucky enough to play the Canal Bank Shuffle a few times,” said Gogo, who is playing the show in Thorold following an appearance at the Maple Blues Summit in Toronto, where he’s nominated for guitarist of the year. “I fly out and not only get to do that, but get to rock Thorold as well so it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
For Gogo, getting to play a spontaneous show with a long-time friend is a unique experience that only drives him to rock even harder.
“I’ve admired Jack as a musician for many years,” Gogo said. “The idea is that I would do a set with Jack’s band, then he would do a set, then we would play together.
“It’s really fun because it really elevates each individual player. It’s a friendly competition and you definitely have to be on your toes.
“Jack and his band have a set list, but for me, I kind of just have to call out songs off the top of my head and hopefully the band will jump in after me.”
De Keyzer, a two-time Juno and seven-time Maple Blues award winning blues guitarist, has been rocking venues across North America for over three decades.
As the pair provides a perfect mix of old school blues and new school blues rock, Gogo says fans can expect a high-energy show that will get the crowd moving.
“I like to keep it pretty high-energy,” he said. “When we played last year, people were getting up and boogying, so whether your just a fan of the music and just want to sit and listen, or you want to have some fun and dance, it’s going to be a great show.”
Admission for the show is $10 and tickets can be purchased at Club Belvedere or Thorold and Trillium Industry Safety in St. Catharines. For more information or to purchase your tickets online, visit www.canalbankshuffle.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.