Nanaimo bluesman David Gogo will host the Blues Panel at the Filberg Festival Aug. 3.

Blues at the Filberg Festival

Host of the Blues Panel concert this year is David Gogo

Blues Fans will be heading to the Filberg Festival in Comox on Friday Aug. 3 this year for the traditional Blues Panel Concert.

Host of the Blues Panel concert this year is David Gogo known for his cutthroat wit and virtuosic blues guitar technique.

He will be joined by David Vest, a Southern bred boogie-woogie piano pounder; Dave Harris, who is renowned for his harmonica playing as well as his expertise on both acoustic and electric guitar; and the duo of Gary Preston and Anita Bonkowski.

The musical chemistry between Preston on harmonica, keyboard and vocals, and Bonkowski on bass and drums is a force to be reckoned with in the blues.

Each performer is an accomplished musician with their own individual style, but on Friday afternoon they come together to share their extensive knowledge of the blues with the audience. Each musician takes a turn as lead performer as they showcase the blues past and present.

And if you haven’t had enough of the Blues you can check these musicians out when they play their own solo shows on Friday and Saturday. For a full schedule, tick

ets and more information check out www.filbergfestival.com. This family friendly festival celebrates excellence in all forms of arts and crafts and music with over one hundred juried crafts booths, plus music on two stages, plus a great Kids Area, and yummy concession booths.

The objective of the festival is to raise the money needed to restore and maintain the beautiful nine-acre Filberg property and Heritage Lodge. (www.filbergfestival.com for schedule, tickets, information)

DAVID GOGO, one of Canada’s hardest working blues-rock guitarists, has garnered three Juno Nominations, the Saturday Night Blues’ Great Canadian Blues Award for a lifetime contribution to the blues in Canada, WCMA Musician of the Year, and has twice been named Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year.