Nanaimo bluesman David Gogo performs at Lantzville’s Costin Hall on Feb. 29 and launches his new podcast on March 3. (Photo courtesy Andrew Dodd)

Nanaimo bluesman David Gogo launching podcast

Gogo performs acoustic concert at Lantzville’s Costin Hall on Leap Day, Feb. 29

David Gogo’s next concert is going to be smoking. Literally.

On Feb. 29 the Nanaimo bluesman is performing an acoustic show at Lantzville’s Costin Hall. He’ll be accompanied by Marisha Devoin on upright bass and the evening will feature a Memphis-style BBQ buffet dinner.

Gogo said he brings out special guitars and memories for his acoustic performances.

“I play a 1930 National steel guitar … well, actually mine’s made out of brass, and an old Gibson from the ’20s,” Gogo said. “And I take the opportunity to tell stories in between songs talking about the guitars and talking about the experiences I’ve had in my career getting to play with some of the blues greats.”

For those unable to catch those stories in person, Gogo announced on Feb. 19 that he is launching a podcast, the David Gogo Soul-Bender Podcast, with Scott James from Victoria rock station 100.3 the Q. Gogo said each episode will cover a different subject.

“The first one is just my memories of getting to hang out with Stevie Ray Vaughan. The next one is my experience going to the world famous Montreux Jazz and Blues Festival,” he said. “So it’s just stories from the road.”

Gogo said he was motivated to start the podcast because “I’ve just been doing this for so long” and he’s amassed a collection of stories. He said he hired some younger musicians to do some shows with him in the Prairies in November and they were fascinated by the tales he told in the van. He said he finds the same interest on social media.

“Whenever I might post a picture of me with a BB King or a Stevie Ray Vaughan, people just want to know the story behind it,” Gogo said. “So I said, ‘Well, what the heck. Let’s get a podcast going.’”

Soul Bender launches on March 3 at

WHAT’S ON … An Evening of Acoustic Blues with David Gogo and Marisha Devoin at Costin Hall, 7232 Lantzville Rd., on Saturday, Feb. 29. Dinner at 6:30 p.m., show at 8. Tickets $45, available at Lucid, Desire Tattoo, Sunrise Records and

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district considers COVID-19 lessons in planning for fall

Elementary, secondary school committees formed to plan for next school year

Infringing festival finds a way to dance during pandemic

Crimson Coast Dance Society holding drive-in, micro and physically distanced events July 10-19

Nanaimo RCMP arrest four, seize drugs and $19K in “problem house” search

Home was subject of numerous complaints of drug trafficking, theft and disturbances

Car drives into utility pole in Nanaimo

Woman driving car reportedly not seriously injured

Police issue warning after baby comes across suspected drugs in Kamloops park

The 11-month-old girl’s mother posted photos on social media showing a small plastic bag containing a purple substance

Collision results in train derailment just east of Golden

The derailment occurred Sunday night, according to a statement from CP

Lower Mainland woman says llama farming neighbour shot her 11-month-old pup

Young dog was on owner’s Maple Ridge property when it was killed on June 21

B.C. records 31 new cases, six deaths over three days due to COVID-19

There are 166 active cases in B.C., 16 people in hospital

B.C. highway widening job reduced, costs still up $61 million

Union-only project scales back work to widen Trans-Canada

Greater Victoria nanny pleads guilty to child porn, sexual interference charges

Johnathon Lee Robichaud pleaded guilty to slew of sex crimes

Most Read