Day 1 of the #BrokeAssTour – Phoenix

ImageI woke up to that nauseating feeling in my stomach… This is the last day in my own bed for a little bit… last day that I KNOW I’ll get a good shower. Last day I can make my famous blueberry pancakes… 😛 I get up and at em at around 8:00, then wait for the mailman to come, because I’m expecting a check.

Mailman gets here, but only drops of junk. Stink… I could have used that extra money. Oh well. I finish packing up, take a second look to see if I forgot anything, and hit the road.

When I’m on the road, I usually listen to ESPN or CNN. I’m alot more inclined to enjoy the ride if I’m not listening to music… is that weird??? I think it’s because I critique every song I hear and it stirs around in my head for a while. I’m able to avoid most of the aggressive drivers, but You’d be surprised how many delivery vans with “How’s My Driving” move too fast to actually get the phone number. I dunno if I could be that snitch anyways… snitches get stitches yo….

I pull into Phoenix around 4:00. Just in time to catch the Marlins home opener. Man, that stadium is bright… I liked how Buster Olney put it. “I’m color blind, but it’s bright to me!” ESPN really shouldn’t have him stand next to the ball players either. He’s a great reporter… but just wicked short compared to them…

My friends show up and treat me to dinner at this SWAAAAANKY place. It was really nice of them. It’s always nice to go on tour and see people who are still supporting you, even if you don’t get to their cities often.

I ran over to soundcheck and Arizona has the most awkward streets… of all time… There’s literally a center lane which is used by one direction at some parts of the day, and the other direction the rest. I’ll go ahead and call this the “Suicide Lane”, because You’re gonna die if you use it…

I get to the Rhythm Room for Ryan Innes’ soundcheck and MAN can those guys play. He’s got a smooth voice similar to Marc Broussard and plays a collection of R&B, Blues, Funk, and Pop. Really talented guy and super nice. Definitely would love to play with him again.

Finished my set for the show, and did a quick interview with NBC 12 in Phoenix. They were running a story about Hailey Margareta, the promoter of the show. She’s fantastic. She’s booked me twice in Phoenix, and has her stuff together. Brings most of the people out on her own. I believe there was 40+ there last night, and I’d say she’s mostly responsible. Her family LOVES music and support better than most people I’ve worked with. Oh yeah, She’s 14. This girl is gonna do some HUGE stuff in music if she wants to down the road. And you better believe I’m climbing aboard that train! 😀 Thanks Hailey!

My best friend, Trevor, drove from Tucson to see the show. He and I are getting ready to go to my favorite diner here in Phoenix, Matt’s Big Breakfast. Just wait till you see this food. It’s gonna be my Instagram photo for my #instagramwar with B. Willing.

I’m super grateful for Trevor, not just because he got us a place to stay last night. (Sharing a bed with him is good… we kept the stuffed animals in the middle of the bed so neither of us had to touch each other… and he doesn’t snore…) My allergies are code level Orange because the family had a cat, but the benadryl is doing it’s thang. The family is very kind, and we talked till almost 1:00 last night about roommates and cleanliness, TV shows, and video games.

Fantastic first night of the tour. 😀

Here’s the #BROKEASSTOUR Accounting:

  • -$50 Gas
  • -$1.98 Water
  • -$42.24 Gas
  • $130 (House/Draw for the Rhythm Room)
  • $140 (T-shirts and CD sales)
  • -$2.19 (Toothbrush… damn it)
  • -$1.99 (Toothpaste)
  • -$5.29 Benadryl

First Day = $166.31

Las Vegas tonight! Gonna have a good time rocking the House of Blues- Mandalay Bay Acoustic Strip! Show starts at 8:00 and I’m up after 9:00. So go tell somebody! 😀



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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