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709 Washington Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701

Tony Holiday Band / Jason Damico & the New Blue

May 17, 2019  ·  Friday * 9pm * $10


Tony Holiday is a vocalist and harp player who is rapidly emerging as a star on the international blues scene. He has been recognized by blues legends like Charlie Musselwhite and James Harman as one of the finest up-and-comers in the game right now and is steadily building his own legend one gig at a time. Speaking of gigs, he plays up to 200 of them a year across the us and has brilliantly recorded his latest album Porch Sessions in between them on the actual porches of some of the blue’s best-known musicians.

Hitting the streets January 25th, 2019 on the vizztone label group, Porch Sessions is reminiscent of Alan Lomax’s landmark field recordings and the live recordings that have surfaced from chicago’s famed Maxwell Street era over the years. It is all about the real blues captured live as it happens.

Tony, along with his partner Landon Stone, have crisscrossed America in pursuit of this project and have ended up on some pretty significant front porches. Live sessions were tracked featuring some of the blue’s biggest names, including Charlie Musselwhite, John Primer, Kid Ramos, John Nemeth, Kid Andersen, Rockin’ Johnny Burgin, and more. The down-and-dirty format is a genius move, as it connects listeners directly to the live blues experience. Studio slickness is replaced by in-the-moment performances and off-the-cuff deliveries. It’s like sitting in on a rehearsal or impromptu jam where the musicians are playing for the simple joy of doing so. 

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Jason Damico

High octane, rockin’, blues artist, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, actor, and producer, Jason Damico, is no stranger to the Blue Note Grill Stage. Damico’s sound is often credited as a mixture between Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Doors, John Mayer and Zakk Wylde. At a young age this artist has already racked up awards in music – 2014 Triangle Blues Society Solo Blues Challenge Winner, 2015 Carolina Music Awards Rock Male Artist of the Year and the youngest member of the Duke University Jazz Ensemble at 15. Damico is honored to have performed two pre-shows, for the late, great B.B. King at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) as well as opening for Joe Louis Walker, Lucky Peterson, Slam Allan, Trae Pierce, John Arthur Greene and more. On the acting side, Damico appears in Investigation Discovery’s Homicide Hunter Lt. Joe Kenda Settle the Score Episode and numerous other films, TV shows, musical theatre productions, and commercials. A proud member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society and Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. Soon after graduation, Damico plans to get back in the studio to record his 3rd album, shoot and produce more music videos and work a full-time career in both music and acting. Jason is represented by Innovative Artists (NY), Talent One (NC), and Jazz Entertainment (NC).