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Tommy Castro and the Painkillers - Blues on the Coast 2013
Arena Theater
Point Arena, CA
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Tommy Castro and the Painkillers - Blues on the Coast 2013
 "Phenomenal and funky...soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar."
                                   - The Washington Post

Castro's new, stripped-down, turbo-charged band The Painkillers

Award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter and Alligator Records recording artist Tommy Castro has been playing his signature brand of rocking rhythm and blues professionally for over 25 years, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances. With his new, stripped-down, turbo-charged band The Painkillers, Castro has embarked on the next phase of his storied career.

Along with original Tommy Castro Band bassist Randy McDonald, new members Byron Cage on drums and James Pace on keyboards, Castro pares his music down to its tough, raw core. Formed in February 2012, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers have been tearing up the road ever since. "The Painkillers are very soulful and talented musicians with tireless energy that make me feel like I did when I first came on the scene," says Castro. "A lot of folks are having hard times these days, and they need something to lift them up and make them smile. Our music kills the pain."

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers' Alligator recording debut and upcoming 2013 release

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers' Alligator recording debut is GREEDY / THAT'S ALL I GOT, a limited-edition, Castro-produced two-song 45rpm record pressed on money-green vinyl. The 45 will be available only at Castro's live performances, but both songs will be available as downloads.
            Tommy Castro & The Painkillers will release their full-length debut CD in 2013. Until then, these roadhouse road warriors will continue to bring their crowd-pleasing, dynamic music to fans all around the world. And if GREEDY / THAT'S ALL I GOT is any indication of what the future holds, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers will certainly be easing pain, lifting spirits and filling dance floors for a long time to come.


Randy McDonald was born in Harrisburg, PA in 1959 and grew up in San Diego. He learned bass at an early age, becoming a first call, in-demand musician by his late teens. McDonald's influences range from straight-ahead jazz to hard rock, blues, and soul music. in 1991, McDonald got a call from Castro, who was putting together the first incarnation of The Tommy Castro Band. McDonald appeared on seven Castro albums and toured the world, helping the band to become one of the most celebrated groups performing anywhere. McDonald left the band in 2007 before returning to join The Painkillers in 2012. "Randy has been with me from the beginning as a major contributor to the music we were playing," recalls Castro. "Randy was a big part of the Tommy Castro sound. It's great to have him back."

Anthony Byron Cage was born in Syracuse, NY in 1984. He grew up heavily influenced by gospel and jazz music, and was especially inspired by watching his family members play instruments in church. Playing drums professionally since 2004, Cage has toured internationally with Jason Ricci & New Blood and Nick Moss, and has drummed for a number of local Syracuse and national acts since 2009. Since joining The Painkillers, Cage has taken his talent to his largest audience yet. "Tommy Castro is a great mentor and friend," says Cage. "I've grown so much as a player and a person from working with him."

JAMES PACE  keyboards
James Pace was born in Roanoke, VA in 1978. He began playing piano by ear at age three. A proficient pianist, he fell in love with the Hammond B3 organ at age 22, touring with the jam band Rebus before playing with Blind Pig recording artist Harper. In 2008, Pace joined blues guitarist Ana Popovic's band, and spent three years performing with her around the world. He has played on over 30 albums and has shared stages with blues legends including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Los Lobos, and Janiva Magness. Pace is thrilled to be playing with Tommy. "I am blessed to play the music I love with incredible friends," he says, "for the greatest fans on earth."

The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.
Arena Theater's much anticipated and highly successful series "Blues On The Coast", generously underwritten by Gualala Chevron and The Pier Chowder House and Tap Room is back for the 2013 season with 5 shows.
All shows are on Saturdays and will begin at 8:30 p.m., doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for each show and $100 for the series. Series subscribers will receive preferred seating and a T-shirt.
The 2013 line-up is as follows:
March 2: Blues guitarist Tommy Castro and The Painkillers
April 6: swamp blues master Kenny Neal
June 2: Joe Louis Walker or Curtis Delgado
August 3: Samantha Fish
October 5: Guitar Shorty



Arena Theater (View)
214 Main Street
Point Arena, CA 95468
United States

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Music > Blues

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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