Supatight to hit Koncepts Friday

Article Published: Aug. 27, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

They're tight.

One might even say super tight.

After all, they've played with each other since high school, Jordan High School in Durham.

"We just kind of felt it," Michael Damonico said.

"It" was that connection, the one you get when you've that thing, that thing that takes a band and makes a family.

"Supatight" just seemed to fit, the perfect name. After all, it's the same terminology their freshman year jazz teacher used to describe true talent.

"He would always say they were super tight," he said. "It's just kind of a word to describe bands that are like, really tight."

Now that we've established Supatight's super tightness, let's talk music.

"I'd say we're mainly funk," he said. "But we definitely touch into a bunch of reggae ... but we play some classic rock sound."

It's a sound that has stayed a focal point, even though the members go to different schools, Appalachian State University (Damonico, rhythm guitar), NC State (Michael Palmer, drums), UNC-Chapel Hill (Torrey Beek) and East Carolina (Tyler Mack, bass/vocals; Nigel Kher, sax).

"We get up a lot over the holidays," Damonico. "I'm trying to push this as far as I can."

And it will be easier when he graduates next year. He may move to a more centralized location, closer to the music.

"But we don't know yet. I doubt we'll ever live in the same place."

In a way, it's been a benefit. Being spread out has also spread out Supatight's following. Thanks to the distance, they have a following in Boone, Greenville and Durham," Domanico said.

"We have connections at all sorts of different places," he said.

And they're branching out, from frat parties in the High Country to their second show at an established venue: Koncepts. It's a show Domanico promises you don't want to miss.

"We're funky," he said. "We've got the best sax player you'll hear in Boone. I can pretty much guarantee it."

With a repertoire of between 15 and 20 original songs, Supatight says it's ready for a following.

Domanico writes about songs his peers can relate to, about relationships and having fun.

"Being a college band, we have some party themes in there," he said, and the partying isn't just going to stop at the stage. He expects on your feet dancing.

For a preview, check out Supatight's downloadable album on

Supatight plays August 27 at Koncepts Hookah Lounge (809 W. King Street). For a specific start time and cover information, call Koncepts at 828-265-9476.

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