Mike Nagoda is a Disabled Queer Bluesman based in Toronto, ON, Canada. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Mike struggled to play guitar in a conventional manner. Until he discovered legendary Toronto Bluesman Brian Cober at Grossman’s Tavern. Brian invented the art of Double Slide Guitar. Mike eventually approached Brian to teach him this system. Mr. Cober became Mike’s friend and mentor until his passing in 2016. Mike now proudly carries on Mr. Cober’s legacy to a new generation with the Double Slide Guitar.
Mike released his first album “Parliament” in 2014 with Grammy-winning label Ropeadope Records and is currently working on his sophomore album “Outside the Box” for Ropeadope with Juno and Grammy-winning producer Chris Birkett (Sinead O’Connor, Buffy Sainte-Marie). As one of the few openly Queer male Blues artists in the modern Blues scene today, Mike seeks to increase visibility for both queer men and disabled people through his music, writing songs from his unique perspective. Backed by the Spectrum Blues Band, Mike brings his brand of powerful, raw, Queer Electric Blues to the stage to audiences everywhere.
Mike Nagoda and the Spectrum Blues Band are:
Mike Nagoda- Double Slide Guitar and Vocals
Peter Johnston- Electric Guitar
Anthony D’Alessandro- Keyboards
Gram Whitty- Bass Guitar
Jeremy Ronson- Drums and Percussion
Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Brian Cober, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Sonny Landreth, Derek Trucks, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, BB King