San Francisco – BrainWash Cafe

Yesterday, I spent the day at my grandparent’s house in Oakdale. They just moved from their home in San Jose and purchased a lovely log cabin with 5 acres of land out there. I’m insanely jealous. How old do you have to be before you retire? Sigh…

I’m sitting in my Mom’s kitchen in San Jose and just finished drafting my Fantasy Football team with a few of the chums from the guitar store I work at. Overall, I think I nailed the draft. May need to trade a WR for a RB, but if you’re reading this, you probably don’t care about that. 🙂 (My team name is CSI Hernandez… I know… it’s amazing… In another league, my team name is The Johnny Hancock’s. Just as good…)

I played a featured set during the Open Mic at the BrainWash cafe tonight. It was a fun and quiet little set. And I was so thankful to the BW for agreeing to have me. I really wanted to play a show in my hometown/bay area, and Tuesday nights after major holidays aren’t necessarily the best nights for shows. I had a great time however and got to see Paul Aldama from my old Church and Kurt Porter from many of the open mics at Lestat’s. (He lives down here now.)

I played about 8 songs, and the open mic was pretty low attended, but everyone who played was really good. About 8 artists in all took the stage, and I don’t think I had to suffer through a single song I didn’t find agreeable.

Amanda and I ordered food and coffee at the BW and it was great. I had a three cheese grilled cheese sandwich that had blue cheese in it, and that was a new one for me. Definitely gonna try to recreate that one. Oh yeah! I made breakfast for everyone at Grandma’s. Let me set the scene…

You open your foggy eyes… you hear a knock on the door…. Josh Damigo walks in with blueberry pancakes, two strips of bacon, scrambled eggs, and says, “Wake up, beautiful….” BOOM. You got Amanda’s morning. 😀

We played “Would you rather?” with my grandparents last night too… and we found out that my Grandpa would rather have a weekly Skype session with a character from the muppets over Tom Brady. (I gasped…) “Which character?” you ask. Grandpa said, “Isn’t that Miss Piggy one of the Muppets???” We all roared with laughter.

Tomorrow night is my first time playing in Sacramento in a very long time. I’ll be playing at The Naked Lounge on H Street. (I believe that’s right… we’ll find out, I guess…) I’m not sure if there’s an opener, cause Jeff never told me, but I’m sure it’ll be great. After that, I start the 11 hour drive to Seattle. Oh boy….

One other thing happened today that was kind of a bummer. I got asked to play Jim Croce’s 40th anniversary of his passing at Croce’s in San Diego. I’ll be on tour in Bangor on the 20th of September, so I can’t make it, but if you live back home, you should definitely consider going out. It will definitely be a night you’ll never forget.

Love you guys. Go see a show will ya?





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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