Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

September 13, 2013 · Doors open at 19:00

Tommy Castro and The Painkillers
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Tommy Castro and 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.”

Backwater Blues Band

Backwater Blues has opened shows for many top artists such as Tower of Power, John Lee Hooker, Delbert McClinton, Fabulous T-Birds, Coco Montoya, Tommy Castro and many others. Tommy Stewart Founding Member & Band Leader has performed in Jams with the best blues artists from around the world, including Tommy Castro, Los Lobos, Coco Montoya, Mighty Mike Schermer, Zach Harmon and Elvin Bishop.

Core band members of the Backwater Blues Band include Jimmy Woodard, Nathan Brown, Steve Azola, Diego Armijo and Mark Holliday. The All Star line up also includes other special guest from time to time, like Johnny Vernazza, Mike Schermer, Charles Burton, Buddy Leach, Robin Henkel, Johnny Viau, John Hunt, Val L’Heuereux, Doc Holliday and other special guests From San Diego’s pool of great talent!

The Atomic Blues Band

Doug Phillips originally from St Louis moved to the San Diego area in May of 2011. He hooked up with Tom Lockwood and Don Miller to formed The Atomic Blues Band. The band has performed as a trio for almost 2 years. In August of 2013 Don left the band to pursue other interests and Tom’s health forced him to limited performances. The Atomic Blues Band is now a 4 or 5 member band depending on Toms availability. The new format includes Pam Rowen on keys & vocals, Tony Ramirez on drums, Clark Kaufman on bass & vocals, and Tom Lockwood on percussion,keys,& vocals when available.
The Atomic Blues Band is a vintage Blues & Rock band specializing in “Power Blues”. We combine original material with ” Radio Active” versions of classics from the past.


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