The duo embark on a tour of Vancouver Island, with a stop tonight at Hermann’s Jazz Club
What: Steve Marriner and David Gogo
Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View St.
Tickets: $ 25 at hermannsjazz.com
When: Thursday, October 7 at 7 p.m. (doors at 5:30 p.m.)
Note: Gogo and Marriner also perform on Friday October 8 in Nanaimo at the Queen’s Hotel and Sunday October 10 at the Duncan Showroom
Nanaimo bluesman David Gogo has gone from a relatively busy September to an offsite October, which will see him perform 11 concerts in 16 days.
These are pre-pandemic numbers for Gogo, who has been a touring machine for nearly three decades. He’s happy to be back, performing shows across Western Canada this month, and hopes the forward momentum continues. “It’s almost like having a job again. I’m going to have to go back to Jazzercise and get back in shape, ”Gogo said with a laugh.
“But things can change at any time. We never know.”
His next race consists of headlining dates with Monkeyjunk frontman Steve Marriner of Toronto. The two friends had originally planned to make a record together in 2019, around the time the pandemic arrived.
This version was eventually discontinued, although Marriner produced and appeared on several songs on Gogo’s new album, Silver Cup.
Gogo said he wrote the majority of the album during the downtime caused by the pandemic. “It’s not what I do, I’m a busker. I was going to have my best year ever, so the most important thing for me was to stay focused and creative. “
He also started a podcast (Soul Bender) and reluctantly cleaned up his house’s music room which, to his surprise, was full of interesting items he had almost forgotten. “I was always going off the road and I had a suitcase full of stuff, I would just throw it in a box and put it in a corner. I found stuff, like a poster from when I was playing at Harpo with Bo Diddley, or Steve Ray Vaughan’s phone number and address on a piece of paper. I started to frame all this stuff, which had been in boxes for 20 years.
Gogo turned to another pandemic-friendly activity: playing his guitars. “When you’re on the road, you can’t play what I call ‘wall guitars,’ which sit on a wall at home.”
One of them, a National Trojan wood-bodied guitar from 1935, prompted Gogo to record Bob Dylan’s It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry for Silver Cup. He also drew inspiration from his record collection, especially country-blues recordings by Tommy Johnson, Canned Heat, and Barbecue Bob.
“I listened to a ton of music all the time. Because I was always at home.
The tour comes at a convenient time for both sides, as Marriner’s new album Hope Dies arrived on July 2. Six-time Juno Award nominee Gogo (Marriner won two Juno Awards) said he wants to work as hard and as long as he can in the coming weeks for fear of another shutdown.
However, he has a plan if everything turns south again.
“The only good thing about the start of the pandemic was that first summer. I went down to our family’s riverside in Nanaimo almost every day with a cheap guitar. There are worse places a guy could be.
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