Tommy Castro and The Painkillers celebrate new release

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Tommy Castro and his band the Painkillers will play the Cultura Event Center Feb. 17. Courtesy photo.

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, currently celebrating the release of their new Alligator Records album, “Stompin’ Ground,” will perform at the Cultura Event Center in Tacoma on Saturday, Feb. 17. Over the course of his career, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Tommy Castro – a six-time Blues Music Award-winner – has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of ecstatic fans. Castro, along with his band, The Painkillers (bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown) plays music that is guaranteed to fill the floor and raise the roof.

Castro’s musical roots run deep. As he unleashes his high-energy music to fans all over the world, he is inspired by the sounds he absorbed while coming of age on the rough and tumble side of San Jose, Calif. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, this was Castro’s home turf. It was a place where the street-tough Mexican Americans and the counter-culture hippies came together to drink, smoke, laugh, party and listen to tunes – the hippies with their blues and rock, the Mexicans with their soul music. Mixing the blues-rock he loved and the soul music he heard blasting out from the lowriders cruising the streets, along with the socially conscious message songs of the day, Tommy’s own sound was born. He honed his guitar playing to a razor’s edge on the city’s competitive bar scene, where he learned how to capture an audience with his intensely passionate vocals, stellar musicianship and dynamic performances.

Castro began playing in a variety of Bay Area blues and soul bands in his early 20s. He joined Warner Brothers’ artists The Dynatones in the late 1980s. After forming the first Tommy Castro Band in 1991, Castro released a series of critically acclaimed CDs for Blind Pig, Telarc and 33rd Street Records, as well as one on his own Heart and Soul label. He signed with Alligator Records in 2009, releasing “Hard Believer” to massive acclaim.

In 2012 Castro formed The Painkillers, creating a lean, mean four-piece lineup, capable of delivering soul-shaking, muscular music.

Catch the show Saturday, Feb.17, 8 p.m. at Cultura Event Center (5602 S. Washington St., Tacoma). Tickets range from $22.50 to $30.

For information and tickets visit www.dannopresents.com

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