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Michael Damani at The Duke of George

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MICHAEL DAMANI BRINGS THE BLUES DIRECT FROM CHICAGO TO WA THIS MONTH

In November of 2019, the Original Chicago Blues All Stars blazed a trail through WA, taking their audiences back to the core of the genre. Led by Willie Dixon’s son Freddie, the band also showcased the fine guitar work of 25 year-old Michael Damani, who made such a huge impact that he is returning for his own WA tour in late February.

“My time in Western Australia was an amazing, eye-opening experience,” says Damani. “When we left for the tour, I made it a goal to make some good connections that would enable me to return as soon as possible. I love traveling and I love playing music, so it's a win-win.”

Playing with the Original Chicago Blues All-Stars has been an education that has complemented Damani’s own creative energy and thirst for playing guitar onstage.

“It’s clued me in on a lot of wisdom that would've taken me a lifetime to discover on my own,” he notes. “That being said, I've also learned a lot from my peers. I play in a group with modern R&B soul singer/songwriter Wyatt Waddell. Our shows are super high energy, we blend a lot of funk with neo-soul vibes. Plus I get a chance to take a lot bluesy Hendrix style solos with the group which I really enjoy.” 

Damani is set to release his debut solo album, MiTOak, later this year. It’s both an exploration and invocation of a life lived well in music, with all the ups and downs that the blues conveys so well.

“MiTOak is me,” he explains. “It's what my friends used to call me back in the day, I guess they thought pretty highly of me. But the more I thought about it the more I realised that it really is me. MiTOak is the spirit of a strong oak tree that withstands the harshest storms to become fully mature.

“Whenever things don't go as planned I always stay focused on my growth as an individual, and I've written an album of music that illustrates this concept. It's an adventure of land and sea, and I have plans for my next adventure as well.” 

Accompanying Damani on this WA tour will be Chicagoan multi-instrumentalist Jordan Dingle on bass and Tyler Ray, of local blues torchbearers Old Blood on drums.

“With us you can expect the blues straight from the bottom of the deep blue sea, as well as many other bright, vibrant colours and feelings,” Damani says. “One thing I've learned about Australians, you guys are good folk, and I know that there will be lots of good energy exchange on stage and off.”

Tickets

When?

7.00 - 10.00pm Thursday, 27 February

Where?

Duke of George
135 George St
East Fremantle, Western Australia

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