|The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the headliners for the 2015 Canton Blues Festival. This free outdoor blues festival, now in its 14th year, will take place on Market Square (301 Market Ave. N) in downtown Canton on Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, with headliners taking the stage nightly at 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, JUNE 12: Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
SATURDAY, JUNE 13: Albert Castiglia
Opening acts Jimmy Thackery and Biscuit Miller will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The jam-packed lineup features 17 unique blues acts, with live music running daily from noon to 10:30 p.m.
Visit CantonBluesFest.com for a full list of festival performers.
VIP Passes are available again this year, which include complimentary food and beverages in the evening (after 5 p.m.) and incredible views of the stage all day. Two-day VIP passes are available for $80; one-day passes are $50. Purchase online at CantonBluesFest.com or by calling 330.458.2070.
The 2015 Canton Blues Fest is made possible in part by Standard Plumbing and Heating Co. and Cormony Development, along with sponsors (to date) including Aultman, Phil and Nancy Sonner, Signature Design & Remodeling, The M. Conley Company, TimkenSteel Corporation, The Repository, The City of Canton, Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, Old Carolina Barbeque, Smoke the Burger Joint, and Metro PCS.
About Tommy Castro and The Painkillers
Tommy Castro began playing guitar at the age of 10 and was influenced and inspired by electric blues, Chicago blues, West Coast blues, soul music, 1960s rock and roll and Southern rock. His style has always been a hybrid of all his favorite genres.
He began playing professionally in Bay Area cover-song bands in the 1970s. In the 1980s he joined the Warner Bros. Records’ band The Dynatones. In 2001 and 2002, B.B. King asked Castro to open his summer concert tours. Castro received an open invitation to join King on stage for the nightly finale. In May 2010, The Blues Foundation awarded Castro multiple Blues Music Award honors for Blues Male Artist of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, and with his band, Band of the Year.
In 2011, Castro stripped down his band to a four-piece unit called The Painkillers, including keyboards, bass and drums as well as his own guitar and vocals. His most recent album, 2013’s The Devil You Know, was recorded with this lineup plus guest appearances by Marcia Ball, Tab Benoit, Joe Bonamassa and The Holmes Brothers.
For more information, visit http://tommycastro.com/about/biography/
About Albert Castiglia
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Albert Castiglia began taking guitar lessons as a 12-year-old. As a teenager, he realized the passions in his heart and thoughts in his mind were best expressed through his own music. After making his professional debut in 1990, he was named ‘Best Blues Guitarist’ in Miami in 1997 by New Times magazine.
Unlike so many blues and rock ‘n’ roll musicians, Castiglia completed his four-year college education and then worked for four years as a social services investigator for the state of Florida. He continued to fine-tune his guitar playing, songwriting and singing chops at nights and on weekends in the Miami area.
Castiglia has shared stages and jammed with Aron Burton, Pinetop Perkins, Melvin Taylor, Sugar Blue, Phil Guy, Ronnie Earl, Billy Boy Arnold, Ronnie Baker Brooks, John Primer, Lurrie Bell, Jerry Portnoy, Larry McCray, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater and Otis Clay, among others.
Given that he’s young by blues standards and has a depth and breadth of live, studio and life experience, it is possible Castiglia may yet become a major force behind another blues and blues-rock rebirth.
For more information, visit http://albertcastiglia.net