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Tommy Castro and The Painkillers, Lucky Peterson and The Neil Roston Trio at O’Brians
February 28, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Tommy Castro and The Painkillers
“I’m always moving forward, going outside of my wheelhouse, listening to new music and incorporating new ideas,” says award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tommy Castro. “The contemporary blues scene is full of fresh, new sounds. It’s an exciting time.” Castro is famed for his signature brand of tough, rocking rhythm and blues, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances.
After years of playing guitar-driven blues and R&B, backed by a tight horn section, Castro introduced The Painkillers live in 2012, creating a lean, mean four-piece lineup, with the drum chair currently held by David Tucker. Castro views the harder-edged sound of The Painkillers as a natural extension of the music he’s been making since he was a teenager. “The Painkillers really get me back to my roots. It feels to me a lot more like it did when I first started playing with my friends as a kid. Bands were always just three or four guys playing for the fun of it,” Castro recalls. Now, Tommy Castro And The Painkillers are pushing the music to another level.
Lucky Peterson is the most dangerous triple threat working in the blues. He has gained a reputation as one of the most preeminent performers of the modern era. A searing lead guitarist, fantastic organist, and first-rate vocalist, Lucky’s many talents are truly mind-boggling.
Peterson is prime-rich in roots but performs in the present. But that’s just what one would expect from an artist with Peterson’s resumé; his career began when he was just a child. Growing up in Buffalo, NY, Peterson was exposed to music his whole life; his father owned The Governor’s Inn, one of the area’s most renowned blues clubs. Willie Dixon produced Peterson’s first record when he was but five years old, the R&B hit, “1-2-3-4.” This resulted in television appearances for the blues prodigy on such shows as The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and What’s My Line.
As a teenager he attended Buffalo Academy of Performing Arts before paying dues in the bands of Etta James and Otis Rush. One of the most versatile players working in the blues, Peterson has since performed with a long list of greats, including B.B. King and Albert Collins.n Shakura has been plying the stages of the world long enough to make her the consummate pro. In the past she has sung backup for Patti Labelle and Ruth Brown, but it is her solo career that has bolted her into the front of the international blues scene. Be ready to be entertained at the highest level.
The Neil Roston Trio
The Neil Roston trio is comprised of three excellent musicians who contribute their talents to the success of Roston’s sound. Neil Roston, a self-taught musician with a rich and vibrant musical history, fronts the group on guitar and lead vocals. Lynn Victoria handles bass and backup vocals, and Brett Williams keeps a steady rhythm on drums.