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Jack de Keyzer and David Gogo on stage together. Photo by David Stephen

Jack de Keyzer and David Gogo on stage together. Photo by David Stephen

Jack de Keyzer back in Thorold. Photo by David Stephen

Jack de Keyzer back in Thorold. Photo by David Stephen

David Gogo performing Friday evening. Photo by David Stephen

David Gogo performing Friday evening. Photo by David Stephen

Gogo rocking beside a legend. Photo by David Stephen

Gogo rocking beside a legend. Photo by David Stephen

Jack de Keyzer and David Gogo on stage together. Photo by David Stephen
Jack de Keyzer back in Thorold. Photo by David Stephen
David Gogo performing Friday evening. Photo by David Stephen
Gogo rocking beside a legend. Photo by David Stephen
Posted by Stephen Dyell on January 14, 2012.

By Stephen Dyell

What's On Thorold

Mother Nature was no match for a good cause Friday night as 200 people packed Club Belvedere to witness two legends create magic between guitar and man.

Jack de Keyzer and David Gogo spent hours entertaining the crowd before getting on stage together creating a duo that has won nine Maple Blues awards and have been nominated for five Juno awards, including two won in 2003 and 2010.

“Blues music and roots music seems to be more of a real music,” Gogo stated. “We are all friends. When it was one guys turn to solo, the other would turn down and play rhythm so it’s not like we are trying to stomp each others face into the ground.”

Gogo admits he wasn’t going to let a legend get the best of him though.

“There is no doubt there is some friendly competition. I’m not going to back down and neither is Jack, we are going to play our best.”

De Keyzer has been helping out with Canal Bank Shuffle with performances in Thorold last fall and has been all over the Niagara Region.

A winner of numerous awards that would be easier to name off which ones he hasn’t than has. In the past ten years, he has won two Juno awards for two of his seven CD’s but has been in the business much longer.

Playing with legends like Ronnie Hawkins and Bo Diddley, his biggest praise from one of the greatest of all-time, Bob Dylan. Dylan had heard his music and pronounced if he had been born in a major United States city, he would have become a star in the world of Blues.

It hasn’t turned out all bad for De Keyzer. He was nominated for yet another Guitarist of the Year alongside the talented Gogo that will be announced Monday.

Gogo, a native of British Columbia, flew down to Thorold because he had heard news of the Canal Bank Shuffle.

“It’s a great thing,” Gogo stated. “We are playing and still are getting paid. People are enjoying the show and in the end, it’s all going to a great cause. You can’t go wrong with that.”

Gogo has had three Juno nominations along with winning two Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year. His rise in the world of music has been rapid and has been lucky enough to play with some of the greatest legends in Blues.

The names go from ZZ Top, George Thorogood and Johnny Winter. He has even played with the Blues legend himself, B.B. King. Friday night was no different, playing with a role model in De Keyzer.

“Last time I played with Jack in Mont Tremblant, Quebec and before that we’ve never really had a chance just to rock.”

Rock they did as well as help out the community.

The Canal Bank Shuffle raised $9,000 dollars for charities and programs for the community. While the event was only in one venue compared to the Fall Shuffle, coordinators still consider the event a huge success as the money goes to Autism Awareness, SPCA and other local Thorold programs.

The real heroes of the night are the countless volunteers who spend a year long process organizing groups, funding and venue arrangements to create a concert Thorold can be proud of.  

If you’d like to get involved with the Canal Bank Shuffle or would like to know about future events, visit their website at www.canalbankshuffle.com.

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