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Tommy Castro bringing blues to Sondheim

Nov 19, 2012

Tommy Castro, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and one of the most successful blues musicians in the world, will play at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

Supporting Tommy Castro and The Painkillers is Fairfield’s own blues band, the Riverdogs.

Castro is famed not only for his hard-hitting, impassioned vocals, soaring guitar work and his blues-infused, rocking R&B sound, but also for his striking, original songwriting and exhilarating stage show. Even after more than two decades on the road, 14 boundary bending recordings and collaborations, multiple Blues Music Awards, personal and professional breakthroughs, Castro, a veteran road warrior, takes nothing for granted. Still inspired by his blues guitar and R&B vocal contemporaries and a strong desire to push the boundaries of today’s roots music, Castro has brought together an all new band he calls The Painkillers to do exactly that.

Foregoing the horns this time out, Castro returns to a more stripped-down lineup that recalls the earlier days of the band and even features original bassist Randy McDonald along with new band mates Byron Cage on drums and James Pace on keyboards. The leaner unit allows Castro’s versatile guitar work to come to the fore and his soulful voice to tell the story in every song.

n addition to being named Blues Entertainer of the Year in 2010, Castro has earned the same nomination for 2012 along with Band of the Year, Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album of the Year.

Reserved tickets for Tommy Castro and the Painkillers are $23 and available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Ticket Office, 472-2787 and www.FairfieldACC.com.

 

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