Tommy Castro and the Painkillers

Shaftman Performance Hall
Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 8:00pm

Online Sales for Tommy Castro are now CLOSED.  However, there are plenty of tickets left for this General Admission show.  Jefferson Center Box Office opens at 6 pm on Saturday, June 23, for sale and will call.  Day of Show price is $20.  Reminder, this is a General Admission show, so first come first serve for seating.  The show starts at 8 pm and doors to the house open at 7:30 pm.

 

We hope to see you here!


 

Ever since he first picked up a guitar, Tommy Castro believed.

He believed he would not only be able to make a living playing music, but could develop his own signature sound, fusing blues with R&B and roots rock ‘n’ roll. And he has done just that. Castro began his career playing in local Bay Area cover bands prior to joining the nationally touring R&B party band, The Dynatones. Since forming his own band and relentlessly touring the world, he has become one of the blues’ top drawing artists and best-loved performers, known worldwide for his impassioned vocals, forceful guitar work, striking songwriting and galvanizing live show. Castro’s contagious, boyish energy and his uncanny ability to connect one-on-one with his fans – who often travel great distances to watch him play — have made him and his horn-fueled band among the blues world’s busiest, most popular acts.


JUST ANNOUNCED: The Gabe Morales Band, led by local guitar prodigy and Music Lab at Jefferson Center student Gabe Morales will open for Tommy Castro and the Painkillers. This is your opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring talent of a 13-year-old that is quickly gaining a reputation for lighting up the Star City with his incredibly mature guitar chops!


 
MEET THE BAND
 
James Pace: A native of Roanoke, James Pace is excited to return to the Star City for his home town debut with Tommy Castro and the Pain Killers.
 
Pace began playing piano by ear at the age three and continued to teach himself from that point on. His true love came about when he was 22 years old with the B3 Organ.
 
Pace spent his early 20's touring with "Rebus" and most recently returned from a European tour Ana Popovic where Pace had the opportunity to open for B.B. King in Germany.
 
Over the years Pace has had the pleasure of playing on more than 30 albums with a host of great bands and talented musicians. Pace has shared the stage with such great performers as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Blue Note Recording artist Rodney Jones, Wayne Krantz (of Steely Dan), Janiva Magness, Blues Traveler's John Popper and many others who inspire him musically.
 
Randy McDonald was born in Harrisburg, PA but he moved to San Diego at the age of 10 and immediately adapted to “that” lifestyle. By the age of 15 he had the urge to begin performing as his father had done throughout his younger years. When asked why he chose to play the bass, Randy replied, “I was just anxious to perform/jam and get onto the stage. Since Peter Wolf already stole my spot fronting the J. Geils Band, I decided my quickest path was to pick up the bass and become one of the few players around. There must have been ten guitarists to every bass player. I was soon jamming with several different Blues and Rock bands. To this day, bass has always allowed me to find my groove.”
 
After one million miles logged on road touring and following sixteen years spent touring with the Tommy Castro Band, Randy is excited to have reunited with Castro and bring his style and sound back to the TCB. “He had been with me from the beginning as a major contributor to the music we were playing. And as road manager, his strange gift for logistics and routing kept the band on the move around the clock,” says Tommy. “Randy was a big part of the Tommy Castro sound; I’m excited to have him back.”
 
Anthony Byron Cage, a young native of Syracuse NY, grew up heavily influenced by gospel and jazz music.
 
With no official training, what sparked his interest in music was watching his family members play instruments in the church. Performing in national acts since late 2009, he looks forward to continued success in the years to come.
 
Byron proudly endorses Viper Drums, Soultone Cymbals and Los Cabos Drum Sticks. (photo by Pedro Waddington)