New York – Rockwood Music Hall

Everyone has always told me about how awesome Rockwood Music Hall was, and they weren’t lying! There are two stages, Stage 1- holds about 75, and Stage 2, Which holds a couple hundred. I had a 6:00 show on stage 1, but since it was my first time playing there, I took whatever slot they would give me.

I left the venue in Philly around 2 am and started to drive towards New Jersey. I pulled onto the highway and thought, “that’s weird… Shouldn’t I have gotten a ticket for the toll road?” But there were no toll booth thingys spitting out tickets. 2 miles down, there was the toll collecting booth. I told the lady, “I never got a ticket.” And she said, “that means you pay the full amount!!!” So what should have costed $2.10 wound up costing $39 bucks. Ugh…

I had lunch with my friend Amy outside of New Jersey and it was a blast. She’s an on air talent for CBS and I met her when she was working for ESPN. Most people who meet me think I’m only musical… And that’s the furthest thing from who I am. I’d say I’m 95% jock and 5% glee. So when I’m driving I’m mostly listening to sports and arranging my day around what teams are playing. (Yeah I know… It’s nuts….)

Afterwards, I drove to the venue and got fantastic parking. (For all the problems in my life… Finding parking has kinda been a great skill… Crazy, huh?) I met Pete, the sound tech and struck up a conversation about his accent. (I guessed Michigan, and I was right!) People started showing up and in a minute, I was surrounded by a dozen friends! “Man. This is crazy. How is an indie artist from San Diego getting people to a show at 6:00 in NYC?” I thought. Larry and his girlfriend, Suzanne were the first to arrive, followed by Danielle, Jimmy Lloyd from “The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase”, Felicia, Jon Heffley, Marsena, and Cheryl.

The show was awesome, and I really loved playing there! I’m hoping next time to get a little bit of a later set and get some more peeps who had to work out there.

I’ve driven 10 hours since last night and I’m looking forward to seeing my youngest brother at his college in Greenville tonight and a day off. Playing just outside of Atlanta tonight, so it you know someone, please send them out!



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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