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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Match Box Blues - Daniel Castro Band

The Blues....... It's embedded in every note Daniel Castro plays. And he’s spread the gospel all over — from festivals like The San Jose Fountain Blues Festival and Sonora Fire On The Mountain to The Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival in Washington State and Bitterroot Smokin’ Blues Festival in Montana. He has shared the stage with legends like John Mayall, Joe Lewis Walker, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, The Staple Singers, CJ Chenier, Long John Hunter, and Tab Benoit. Beloved by fans and musicians throughout the West Coast, Daniel Castro is fiercely loyal to them all. “He’s got that real deal feel — Daniel Castro is a great musician and entertainer,” says San Francisco Bay Area blues legend Elvin Bishop, who neatly explains why blues aficionados habitually revisit Castro’s expanding circuit of venues. They crowd into upscale showcases like The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Fox Theater in Redwood City, Mystic Theater in Petaluma, and State Theater in Modesto, as well as legendary blues clubs like The Saloon in San Francisco, Torch Club in Sacramento, and JJ’s in San Jose. “Daniel Castro is one of the most dynamic blues guitarists performing on the West Coast — the club is always packed when he comes to our city,” says Willie Brown, president of the Sacramento Blues Society. Rick Nagle, booking agent for the West Side Theater in Newman, California, agrees, “Daniel Castro is a skilled guitar player and a pleasure to work with. Audience members always appear to enjoy the show, and their feedback has been very positive.” And following the band’s riveting appearance at the 2010 Blue Wing Blues Festival in Upper Lake, California, booker Bernard Butcher enthusiastically exclaimed, “Daniel Castro and his band stole the show.” With two CDs of potent blues in his portfolio — 1999’s No Surrender and 2003’s Live At The Saloon — Castro draws from a deep well of material comprised of both originals and covers that guarantee packed dance floors and absorbed listeners at every show. Funk. Shuffles. Rumbas. Second line. Slow blues. They’re on every Castro band set list — but it takes more than clever chord changes and melodies to draw fans night after night. Castro is a consummate bandleader, backed by a tight well seasoned band, a Daniel Castro show is both passionate and electrifying. Fate plays no role In this case. Every move he makes at every gig he plays is culled from decades of experience on stage. It's an education in the blues that money simply can't buy.  

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