For more than a decade, Jack de Keyzer has kicked off each new year Brantford.
“Brantford is a very strong blues music town,” the Canadian blues musician said. “We have been lucky to have loyal fans there for all these years.”
The city has also proven a lucky way to start each new year, with de Keyzer taking home two Juno awards, seven Maple Blues awards and accolades from some of the most respected blues musicians in the world during his career.
He’ll return to Brantford to celebrate the start of 2013 during a Jan. 1 show at the Polish Hall on Pearl Street beginning at 4 p.m.
This time, de Keyzer is hoping the year will bring him even more success with his latest full-length studio album, Electric Love.
“I’m hoping Electric Love does really well,” de Keyzer said. “I hope I can expand my audience and just travel further afield and play for more people because that’s what I love.”
The album harkens back to de Keyzer’s early years learning to play the guitar, when he drew influence from Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Unlike his previous albums, which have a more traditional blues flair, Electric Love is rock oriented, yet still maintains a blues sound.
“My whole career I focused on trying to become a better traditional blues player and left my rock roots behind me, but I started thinking over the last few years of revisiting the more rock-oriented side of things and it’s been a lot of fun,” de Keyzer said.
De Keyzer, who will be joined on stage by the Jack de Keyzer band, Jerome Godboo and Joel Johnson, will perform songs from Electric Love, as well as a few of his older favourites during the New Year’s Day performance.
“The music is uplifting,” de Keyzer said. “I think people will see a great band, they will hear some great songs and they will have great entertainment.”
Tickets cost $20 in advance and can be purchased at the Polish Hall on Pearl Street, Microplay, Jammit Music or the Brantford Music Centre. Tickets cost $25 at the door. Call 519-771-0474 for more information.