David Gogo's groove-fueled blend of blues and rock is the basis for a singular and storied music career. His songs have been featured in film and television and are regularly played on blues radio programs the world over. He has earned numerous Canadian blues accolades, including five JUNO nominations, a Western Canadian Music Award, a CBC Saturday Night Blues Award, and multiple Maple Blues Awards. He has thirty years of performing and hundreds of thousands of tour miles under his belt. He's played on stage with Johnny Winter, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Albert Collins and Bo Diddley. He has opened for George Thorogood, ZZ Top, The Tragically Hip, Buddy Guy, Charles Bradley, Robert Cray, and Jimmy Vaughan among many others. Gogo can swap road stories for as long as you can listen!
Vicksburg Call is Gogo's fourteenth release and is poised to add even more acclaim to his already impressive inventory. Undoubtedly a rockin' blues album, it was recorded at Rick Salt's brand new studio in Gogo's hometown of Nanaimo, British Columbia. Gogo has recorded several albums with Salt, and the new studio has a live, intimate atmosphere, which yielded an overall grittier sound with lots of feeling. The new album also has more of a "band feel" to it than previous albums, making the songs feel more like the live show. Additionally, Gogo was inspired to make use of a wider range of guitars from his extensive collection and experimented with his newly acquired Gibson Les Paul and a Martin D 35 that had him playing and writing outside of his usual approach.
Known as a savvy interpreter, Gogo uses his sophisticated ear to select cover songs that complement his originals. On Vicksburg Call Gogo imparts his unique take on Neil Young's The Loner, Stephen Stills' Jet Set (Sigh), and Annie Lennox's Why, with the help of his great backing band, featuring Bill Hicks on drums and Jay Stevens on bass.
Deadline: October 5, 2015 at 5:00pm
We're seeking the best young blues artists in the city to share their talents during the intermissions of our production of Life, Death and The Blues. Whether you're a solo act, a duo or a blues band, we want to hear what you've got. You must be 25 or under to be eligible, and all you've got to do is post a video online. Alongside the chance to perform at Persephone Theatre, winners receive a pair of complimentary tickets to the production, as well as an opportunity to meet the cast (including Divine Brown and Raoul Bhaneja) after the show.
This is a great opportunity for young blues musicians to show their work, connect with other artists, and meet some Canadian blues legends. All winners will also be acknowledged from the stage in the final set and thereby included in the show along with our cast and our "legend".
Submit by following the steps below:
1. Upload a video of ONE song (no more than 5 minutes in length) to YouTube. The listing should be labelled: YOUTH BLUES CHALLENGE, (NAME OF ARTIST), (NAME OF SONG). And it should be tagged with #LDaTB
2. The song can be a cover tune or an original and can draw from the genre of The Blues as an inspiration. The song should have a personal connection from the performer that they can articulate (but not necessarily in the video). The song should be accompanied live but it can be simple (No Karaoke, Sorry).
3. Fill in the online form on the site.
4. Tweet out the link to your video, and tag it with @persephonethea and #LDaTB or share it on Facebook and tag Persephone Theatre. Terms and Conditions
Entries must be from musicians who are ages 25 and under. Solo, duo, or groups acts are welcome, and both singers and instrumentalists are encouraged to submit.
Winners will be selected to perform in at least one performance of Life, Death and The Blues between October 21 to November 8, 2015 at Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon at a 10 minute slot during the intermission.
A short load in and sound check will occur before the show (6:30 – 6:45pm) and a small PA will be provided.
Each performer will receive two complimentary tickets to the performance on the night that they perform. Following the performance, the winners will have the opportunity to meet the performers in the show including Divine Brown and Raoul Bhaneja.