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Music round up

By Eddie Torres

Fort Wayne Reader


A round up of a few things music-related in the next couple weeks…

Singer/songwriters Josh Damigo and Matt Ryd at C2G

Josh Damigo is an independent singer/songwriter whose style and musical influences are akin to Ryan Adams, John Mayer and Shawn Mullins. He has won multiple awards, including: the San Diego H.A.T. Awards for Best Male Performer (2006 & 2008), Best New Artist (2006), Best Male Singer-Songwriter (2006), and Best Male Vocalist (2006 & 2008). In June 2012, he won first place in the Singer/Songwriter Contest at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar. He is also currently up for a 2012 San Diego Music Award for the “Best Acoustic” category.

His debut album, Raw, produced popular singles including “Pocket Change”, “Saves the Day”, and “Sugar.” Damigo has also been featured in numerous publications in Southern California; and has opened for established artists such as Jason Mraz, Shawn Colvin and Eric Hutchinson. His songs can be heard on Clear Channel stations and college radio, and he continues to be a regular on the San Diego and Los Angeles music show circuit.

Josh Damigo’s sophomore CD, Hope, is packed with an amazing 17 new tracks produced, recorded and mixed by Jeff Berkley of the band Berkley Hart. HOPE will be available on iTunes and CD Baby on August 14, 2012.

Matt Ryd is a singer/songwriter/all-around-geeky-nice-guy from Chicago, Illinois. In just a short time on the Chicago music scene, he has already made quite a name for himself. The song “Healed” from his debut EP was placed on episode 803 of the hit ABC show “Scrubs”. ”Healed” also received radio attention, including multiple spins on the mass-market WXRT 93.1 in Chicago. Since that time, Matt has had several other high-profile television placements, including cues on “Braxton Family Values” (WE Network) and “Made #DreamBigger” (MTV).

Reviewers have described him as “Jason Mraz meets The Rembrandts” and as “a more likable version of John Mayer”.

C2G presents Josh Damigo and Matt Ryd
323 W. Baker Street
Thursday July 26th
8:00 PM
$8 advance and $10 DOS
Tickets available online at Brown Paper Tickets


Pillars in the Park

On Saturday, July 28, the Fort Wayne Hip Hop Society is offering up Pillars in the Park, a free outdoor show in Freiman Square showcasing elements of Hip Hop culture, Dejaying, Breaking, Graf Art, and Emceeing.

The mission is to bring the people out to learn about the elements of Hip Hop culture and create an open environment that is positive and links people together under the banner of Hip Hop.

Performers include Zero Star and Illogic from Columbus; Roleo; 2RQ; Knowone; Sombr1; Dr. Cozmos; RCP/ Renegade; Certiflyyed; Ben Real; Epic Thought; DJ MSG; and more.

Five Point Nine Studios in Fort Wayne is doing a Raffle for a tattoo valued at $150.

There will be various workshops and open mic sessions through out the day.

Pillars in the Park


At The Brass Rail: A Taste of Winter in Deepest July

In an attempt to raise the spirits of a parched and sunburned city, local girl group The Elky Summers are planning a winter themed event in keeping with their seasonal parties of the past. "Last time we had a summer party in the depths of winter just to give people a place to have some fun and give them a break from the unrelenting weather" says drummer Jackie Davis.

"This time, it's "An Elky Winter" adds bassist Jana Johnson. "We're gonna take over the 'Rail and transform it into a winter wonderland, with lights and decorations."

"Snowflakes..." interjects Keyboardist, Oona Hackbush, "...lots and lots of snowflakes."

The Brass Rail will be offering frosty frozen drinks for sale and the entertainment will be as full blast as the air conditioning. Local faves, Sparkle Teaser will perform their brand of swamp infused stomp-and-roll while out-of-towners, Brown Bottle Flu make the trek from Bloomington, Indiana to chill out and make sounds as icy cool as a six pack. The Elky Summers will inject a set of toe tapping tunes and then Special Guest DJ, Mike Harris will spin the night to a close with a set of dance tunes guaranteed to induce a Brain Freeze riot.

According to Elky guitarist, Kay Gregg, "The heat has just been so brutal and the days are boiling and miserable, we want to make a space where the atmosphere gives everyone a break from the long, hot, cruel summer."

A Taste of Winter in Deepest July
The Brass Rail
1121 Broadway
Show starts at 10:30. Door is $4, 21+

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