Day 5 of the #HOPEtour – Milwaukee and Scruples


I woke up staring at a cat. Not the best situation to find yourself in when you’re allergic to them… But Matt quickly grabbed Ladybug and protected her pretty heavily from my insults. (He let me have it to… Note to self… Do NOT call his cat names.)

We had gotten in around 3:30 the night before and I woke up around 1 in the afternoon. I read a few emails, replied to a few texts/ spruced up the Facebook/MySpace/Twitter accounts using Mat’s laptop- since mine broke. (side note- looks like its my hard drive… May have lost everything on it… Ugh….)

I walked and had my “morning cup of coffee” at around 3:00pm. He barista tried to up sell his hazelnut bread, but i wasn’t having it. He seemed upset about that.

Got back to the pad and packed for the next few shows. (did I mention my laptop is broken… Sigh…)

We pulled up at Bremen Cafe around 6 and dropped off our stuff. You know those westerns where the cowboy walks in the swinging door and everyone turns around and stares for a few seconds? Yeah… That happened. I don’t think I’ve ever been stared down that hard before. “great… This is gonna be a weird night…” I told Matt.

His parents came out to the show and so we went ahead and got dinner with them before the show.

When we got back to the venue and started setting up the sound equipment it was a little obvious to me that I had been spoiled the night before at c2g and tonight was going to be much much much different.

I really need to learn how to eq a sound system. Let’s just say that.

Halfway through my set, I popped a string and gave up on the sound system, so I grabbed Matt’s guitar and jumped on a bar stool and played the rest of the night yelling at the top of my lungs because the other bands/their fans list of hobbies included talking incredibly loud over acoustic singer/songwriter’s sets. My friends that were there had a good time, and I got lost in the music, so I won’t complain anymore about it.

Matt’s “scruples” had us stay and listen to the other bands, then finally we left and headed to Appleton. After 3 attempts, we found an affordable hotel and slept for a solid 4 hours till 7 this morning.

Today is my sister’s wedding, but you’ll have to wait till tomorrow to find out if I sang at it or whaaaat… 🙂

Playing at Copper Rock Coffee Co. In Appleton tonight. It should be a rad setting for a show and I hope you can make it! (I also hope I don’t lose my voice and that I don’t get sick and did I mention my computer’s hard drive fried… Sigh…)

Love you guys! Have a beautiful day!


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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