Wed, November 9, 2016
Ticket price: $15
Tommy's got a new album out! We're celebrating with the band and special guest Ron Hacker!
Ron will kick the night off at 8p, followed by Tommy Castro & the Painkillers. Check out Ron's website here.
“Funky Southern soul, big city blues and classic rock… silvery guitar licks that simultaneously sound
familiar and fresh.” --San Francisco Chronicle
Over the course of his four-decade career Tommy Castro – a six-time Blues Music Award-winner – hasplayed thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of fans, packing seats and dance floors, alwaysleaving them screaming for more. Hailing from the San Francisco area, Castro, along with his band, ThePainkillers (featuring bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer BowenBrown), play music that is guaranteed to fire up fans and leave critics searching for new words of praise.
Method To My Madness finds Tommy Castro & The Painkillers at their very best. It is an instant careerhighlight in a lifetime full of them. Tommy Castro & The Painkillers continue to break new ground whilesimultaneously having an incredible amount of fun.
Born in San Jose, California in 1955, Tommy Castro first picked up a guitar at age 10. He fell under thespell of Eric Clapton, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield and other blues rock players. As he got older, Castrodiscovered the blues guitar work of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Elmore James andsingers like Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. By his 20s he was playing in a variety of SanFrancisco-area blues and soul bands.Castro joined Warner Brothers’ artists The Dynatones in the late 1980s before forming The Tommy CastroBand in 1991. He released his debut album in 1996 on Blind Pig and began his decades of relentless, year-round, touring, and picking up new fans everywhere he went. During the 1990s and into the 2000s,Castro released a series of critically acclaimed CDs for the Blind Pig, Telarc and 33rd Street labels as wellas one on his own Heart And Soul label.
Castro joined Alligator Records in 2009, releasing Hard Believer to massive acclaim. He won four of his sixcareer Blues Music Awards including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year Award (the veryhighest award a blues performer can receive). His song Hard Believer took first place in the blues categoryof the 2012 International Songwriting Competition.
His next release, 2011’s Tommy Castro Presents The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue–Live! was a fierycollection of the highlights from a series of live performances anchored by Castro and an all-starcollection of nationally recognized blues musicians, including Rick Estrin, Michael “Iron Man” Burks andJoe Louis Walker.
Tommy Castro And The Painkillers continue to tour non-stop, playing hundreds of dates at clubs,festivals and concert halls all over the United States, Canada and Europe. Of Method To My MadnessCastro says, “I was trying to get back to my basic ingredients: blues and soul. I went for the energy ofconnecting with my band. We kept everything raw, capturing the feeling of playing live. I’m not aboutbeing perfect,” he says, summing up. “I’m about being real.”