Cathryn Beeks to Me

If you missed this show, you missed some amazing music!!!

Tonight was an appreciation show for one of San Diego’s finest supporters of local music. (Thanks for coordinating, Lenny!) Cathryn Beeks finds the best bands before Citybeat, The Reader, The Union Tribune, the North County Times, and all of the other local papers because she is out almost every night of the week, giving brand new bands their first chance to perform. I first saw my favorite band, Little Hurricane at a Cathryn Beeks’ show. I met many of the friends I still play with at a Cathryn Beeks’ shows. Using her website, Cathryn has influenced and given a voice to the local scene including one of my favorite artists… me.  (That’s a funny joke… if you don’t think it’s a funny joke, just forget that sentence. It wasn’t really necessary to complete that paragraph.)

I was a senior in college, and had been playing around at local open mics when someone told me about Cathryn Beeks’ show called, “The Acoustic Alliance.” I didn’t have any money. (Still don’t…) so I sent her an e-mail, letting her know that I really wanted to go to the show, but I couldn’t afford it. I explained that I was a new local artist, and would love to volunteer for the show so I could watch. She e-mailed me back (Almost immediately) and told me to show up early to the gig and she’d see what she could get me to do. I showed up to the show at Brick by Brick and got me to work setting up chairs. I remember being so nervous and excited to see the acts that night. (Isaac Cheong was the one I had gone to see… 😛 What’s up “Pete’s Penile Postal Delivery Service”.)

I’d play the next Acoustic Alliance, and a few after, because she and I had become bff’s. 🙂 I started playing her events regularly, and booking gigs on her calendar like a fat kid with keys to a candy store. I’ve been a guest host, a surprise addition, a featured artist, a “favorite songwriter” on her show on KPRI and I’ve even successfully stolen the microphone from her. (I DARE someone to try doing that…) She also runs an exercise/event called, “THE GAME” which she gives a title of a song, and everyone writes their version of it. (Have you heard my song, “Slow Going?” Yup… Thank Cathryn!!!) We’ve cracked jokes about artists who were ridiculously Beyond Loving dUE to how absoutely batshit crazy they are, we’ve debated who was good and who was garbage, but there’s  one thing we’ve never done- gotten in a fight. I honestly can’t remember a single time where there was nothing but love given and received between me and her. (She’s even set me up on dates with her hot relatives… :-P)

Cathryn, thank you so much for all you do. You mean so much to me, and I was so honored to play at your show. (Even when I was running on .03 hours of sleep.) 😀 I can always hear you singing harmonies to my songs and you are one of the biggest reasons that San Diego Singer/Songwriters are as good as they are. You are absolutely loved, and I will gladly remind you anytime you need it. All of my heart bleeds San Diego, and you are one of the biggest reasons I’m this way. Thank you so much for everything.


(That ending seemed abrupt… if I was more awake it might have been better… but if you’re being a meanie and critiquing my blog, you need to find a hobby… sheesh.)


About Josh Damigo

Josh will cheerfully admit that he averaged less than a dozen people a show when he first began playing San Diego coffee houses. But he garnered diehard fans in the process, sold a few thousand copies of his homemade EP, Pocket Change, and picked up few awards along the way. After a traumatic family incident, Damigo retreated inward, and he ended up writing what would ultimately become his breakout debut, Raw. The album was true to its name and people noticed - Josh picked up two San Diego Music Awards for “Best Acoustic” and “Best Local Recording,” opened for the likes of Zac Brown, Jason Mraz, Eric Hutchinson, and Matt Nathanson, and had enough money and momentum to tour the country a few times over. A few years after Raw, there was his third release, Hope. Whereas Raw was a mostly acoustic, vulnerable affair, Hope was a celebration. Pleading and poignant, heartfelt and heavy hearted, it segued effortlessly from orchestral to alt-country, eventually landing him in the top 25 on the country charts. One of the hardest working indie singer/songwriters in Southern California, Damigo spent much of year with producer Mike Butler, gathering up some of the finest musicians in town, shaping his songs and sound further still for his latest album, "Just Give Me a Call", available now, on Randm Records. From the up-tempo single, “Just Give Me a Call”, to the simple sincerity of the ballad “Tennessee”, Josh’s songwriting skills are clear, his voice rings true and his goals remain the same as when he started - to keep making the best music he can, and to share it with all.
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